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Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 09 Dec 2013, 8:10 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Healing of Damaged Emotions  

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous person is powerful and effective."1

Dr. S. McMillen told of a patient of his who had an
asthma attack whenever he heard a church bell ring. Why
was this?

"Several years before, while waiting for his bride to
arrive at the church, just as the church bell was
ringing, he heard that his fiancée had changed her
mind. The emotional shock brought on a severe attack of
asthma.

"In the years that followed, every time he heard a
church bell, he was seized with an asthma attack."

This is just one of endless ways in which painful
memories can cause sickness, emotional problems,
negative reactions, or broken relationships for which
inner healing of damaged emotions is needed.

Speaking personally, when I was only five years old, my
little sister took sick suddenly and died. I'm sure
people meant well and tried to comfort me in my loss by
telling me that Jesus took her to be with him in
Heaven. Unfortunately that didn't comfort me because
for many, many years every time I said the name of
Jesus my stomach would cringe. I could say Jesus
Christ, or just Christ, but I couldn't say Jesus
without over-reacting. And, as a small child, this also
left me with a deep fear of getting into close
relationships because I feared if I loved someone, they
would leave me.

So how did I overcome? I wish I could give you a
quick-fix-simple answer, but I can't. 

First, I needed to acknowledge my problem and learn why
I couldn't say the name of Jesus without cringing, and
also why I was so afraid to love. The biggest challenge
was breaking through my defenses, because my fear and
damaged emotions were deeply buried. Second, I prayed
earnestly that God would face me with the truth of what
was the root cause/s of my fear. Third, I also prayed
that God would lead me to the therapy help I needed
because I knew that if I didn't resolve my fear, I
would keep running from love for the rest of my life.
Consequently, I did need a considerable amount of
in-depth therapy to resolve and overcome my damaged
emotions. However, while breaking through my defenses
was very painful, it was well worth it and very
freeing. 

Finally, and most important of all, I had to genuinely
want to be healed and be willing to do everything I
needed to do in order to be healed. As Jesus said to
the sick man, "Do you want to be made well?"2 The fact
is, the half-hearted are never willing to pay the price
for healing and never make it. We have to want healing
with all of our heart. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all of life's struggles
please confront me with the truth of what I am in any
way contributing to the situations I am in, knowing
that facing the truth is the beginning point of being
healed and set free.3 Thank you, too, for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 5:16  (NIV).
2. John 5:6 (NIV).
3. John 8:32.

For additional help, read the article, "Overcoming
Damaged Emotions" at:
www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=72&d=1&c=4&p=1,
also "Forgiveness, the Power That Heals," online at:
www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=1&d=1&c=4&p=1. 

I also encourage you to listen to the CD message,
"Healing, Wholeness and Happiness," by yours truly.
This can be purchased online at:
http://actscom.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=16.
Also read the book, "You Can't Fly With a Broken Wing"
at:
http://actscom.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=14.

For counseling resources see:
www.actsweb.org/counseling_resources.php.

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Post  Admin on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 12:25 am

Today's Daily Encounter
Godspell: God’s Good News, Part 2  

Yesterday we noted that the gospel, God’s good news, is
not a message about religion but, first of all, it is a
message about God. Second, it is a message about
mankind’s weakness; that is, his sin. 

Third, the gospel is a message about Jesus Christ. God
is not only a God of absolute holiness, but also a God
of perfect justice. Because of this, all sin has to be
judged, and as God’s Word says, “The wages [penalty] of
sin is death,"5 which, as already noted, is not the
cessation of one's existence, but eternal separation
from a holy God, the creator and author of all love and
life, in the place the Bible calls “hell." The reality
is that if God didn’t judge sin--all sin--he wouldn’t
be just, and he wouldn’t be a holy God.

Mercifully for us, the gospel is not only about God
being a God of absolute holiness and perfect justice,
but also about God being a God of infinite love.
Because of God's infinite love for us, he gave his own
Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty (wages of sin),
which is death, and he did this for every one of us. 

To do this, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God,
temporarily laid aside his “external garments" as it
were, and came to earth in the form of a man, and
willingly died in our place on the cross of Calvary to
pay the penalty for all our sins. Furthermore, because
Jesus was without sin, he was the only one qualified to
die to pay the penalty for mankind’s sins. Had there
been any other way to save mankind, Jesus would not
have had to die for us. 

Fourth (and finally), the gospel is a summons to faith
and repentance. The really good news is that God's gift
of forgiveness and eternal life is available to all who
will accept it. Here's how to do this:We need to
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he
died in our place to pay the penalty for all our sins.
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved"6
declares the Word of God. 

We need to confess our sins to God and ask for his
forgiveness. God's Word also says, "If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our
sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."7

We need to repent. That is, we need to turn from sinful
and selfish ways to follow God and his ways. Jesus
said, "The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe
the good news."8 That is, we need to turn from sinful
and selfish ways and make a commitment of the will,
with God's help, to follow God and his ways.

We need to receive Jesus as our Savior. God's Word
says, "To all who received him [Christ], to those who
believed in his name, he gave the right to become
children of God."9 God's Word also said, "That if you
confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. For it is with your heart that you
believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved."1

Admitting and confessing your sins, believing that
Jesus died to pay the just penalty for all your sins,
inviting Jesus Christ into your life to be your Lord
and Savior, accepting God's forgiveness, and turning
from sinful ways to live God's way is what makes you a
real Christian. This is what Godspell--God's good news
is all about! 

Jesus said, "Here I am! I stand at the door [of your
heart and life] and knock. If anyone hears my voice and
opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he
with me."11

If you have never invited Jesus into your heart and
life, asked for God's forgiveness, and made a
commitment of your life to him, I would like to give
you that opportunity today. The following prayer will
help you to do this: 

"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry
for all the sins and wrongs that I have done. I believe
that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross to pay
the penalty for my sins. Please forgive me for all my
sins. I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and
life to be my Lord and Savior. I commit and trust my
life and will to you. Please give me the desire to be
what you want me to be, and to do what you want me to
do. Thank you for dying for my sins, for your free
pardon, for your gift of eternal life, and for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus name,
Amen."

If you prayed this prayer and truly meant it, please
let us know by filling in the form at:
http://www.actsweb.org/decision.php. (Be assured that
we have a strict privacy policy and will never give any
of your information to anyone.) Or for further help
read "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/8glq9

1. Romans 1:16 (NIV).  2. John 3:16 (NIV).  3. John
10:10 (TLB).  4. Romans 3:23.  5. Romans 6:23.  6. Acts
16:31 (NIV).  7. 1 John 1:9 (NIV).  8. Mark 1:15 (NIV).
 9. John 1:12 (NIV).   10. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV). 11.
Revelation 3:20 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Winning over Temptation  

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is
weak."1

Temptation! A very common problem for all mankind and
is something we all struggle with at one time or
another--and perhaps will always struggle with it in
this life. As God's Word reminds us, "No temptation has
overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God
is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what
you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also
provide a way out so that you can endure it."2
Furthermore, "But each person is tempted when they are
dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to
sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to
death."3

So the question we ask today is, "How can we win over
temptation?"

First, at the beginning of every day pray this prayer
with sincerity: "Dear God, again today I commit and
trust my life and way to you, please help me to become
the person you want me to be, and help me live today to
glorify you in everything I do." 

Second, avoid going to places where you know very well
you will most likely face temptation.

Third, temptation gets ahold of us in our thoughts.
Realize that what the mind dwells on the body acts on,
so guard your thinking. My number one defense for
changing my thinking, when facing temptation, is to
keep repeating the following statement: "Jesus Christ
is Lord. Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and
is Lord of my life." As long as I concentrate my
thoughts on Jesus Christ as being Lord of my life,
shortly my thinking changes and the temptation
dissipates.

Furthermore, Satan and his demons hate hearing the
statement that Jesus Christ is Lord and that he is the
Son of the Living God. 
As God's Word advises, "Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable--if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy--think about such things."4

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I confess that my flesh is
weak so please help me to remember when I face
temptation, that no matter what the temptation is, you
always provide a way of escape so that I won't be
overcome. Help me to remember at such times to confirm
in my thoughts and words that 'Jesus Christ is Lord and
is Lord of my life," and in so doing, with your help,
overcome any and all temptations. Thank you for
providing this way of escape and for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 26:41 (NIV).
2. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV).
3. James 1:13-15 (NIV).
4. Philippians 4:8 (NIV).

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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Dec 2013, 12:56 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Godspell: God's Good News, Part 1  

In the first century AD in a time of severe persecution
of the early church and Christians by the rulers of the
Roman Empire, the Apostle Paul, being anything but
politically correct, stated unequivocally, "I am not
ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God
for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for
the Jew, then for the Gentile."1

But what is the gospel that Paul was not ashamed of and
was so convinced of its reality that he was prepared to
face persecution and death? As Webster's Dictionary
explains, the meaning of "gospel" is "Godspell, God
story, or good news." Thus, the gospel is the good news
about God's plan of salvation for mankind. 

First, the Gospel is a message about God. The gospel is
not a message about religion. It's about having a right
relationship with God. Religion, or "religiosity" tends
to want to fix us from the outside in. God wants to fix
us from the inside out. The first can become an
impossible burden. The latter is what brings freedom.
Neither is the gospel a set of rules and regulations.
It is experiencing God's love, acceptance, and
forgiveness--and learning to communicate these to every
life we touch.

It helps to realize that God isn't out to zap us for
the wrongs we have done. In fact, no matter what we
have ever done or have failed to do, God loves us with
an everlasting love and has a wonderful purpose for our
lives--for this life as well as the next! As Jesus
said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life."2 And again, "My purpose
is to give life in all its fullness."3

Second, the Gospel is a message about sin. Many people
understandably ask, "If there is a God and if he is a
God of love, why does he allow so much suffering,
sickness and sorrow in today's world?" Without sounding
too simplistic, this is because we have all sinned and
separated ourselves from an infinitely holy God.4 It's
not that God left us, but rather, that we left God and
separated ourselves from him. In so doing, we separated
ourselves from his protection. 

Another misconception about God is that he is out to
punish us for our sins when, in fact, we bring sin's
punishment on ourselves because sin has its own natural
consequences. If we try to break the universal law of
gravity, for instance, we can't. It will break us.
Neither can we break God's universal moral law. When we
do, it breaks us and, besides its painful effects in
this life--suffering, sorrow, sickness and physical
death--its ultimate and tragic consequence is spiritual
death, which is not the cessation of life, but a life
after death that is eternally separated from God in the
place God's Word calls "hell," 

To be continued….

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your "good
news" message that you have for me in that, no matter
what I have ever done of have failed to do, you love me
unconditionally and totally. Please help me to grasp
this truth in the very depth of my being. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name amen."

1. Romans 1:16 (NIV).
2. John 3:16 (NIV).
3. John 10:10 (TLB) (NLT).
4. Romans 3:23.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Creative Imagination  

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you
know that the testing of your faith produces
perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that
you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."1

Mary looked through her kitchen window then frowned.
"Those workmen," she fumed, "have dumped a load of
trash right outside the back door."

Then the children came and shouted with delight! They
saw, not a load of trash, but a glorious heap of play
material.

Watching and listening, mother soon saw the children
change the trash dump into a gleaming spaceship
complete with excited astronauts--all done through the
power of imagination.

Does life for you seem dull and ugly right now? Do you
have a "trash dump" staring you in the face? With God's
help and the power of imagination you, too, can create
a new image of what your life can be.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all the challenges of
life, please help me see beyond the immediate situation
and imagine, with your help, what my life can become;
one that is perfect [mature] and complete. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:2-4 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
The Choices We Make Make Us  

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a
man sows, that he will also reap."1

Recently Joy and I caught up with an old friend we
hadn't seen for about three years and were shocked when
we saw her. A few years ago she made a very bad moral
choice which ultimately backfired on her. As a result
she became very depressed and let herself run down
emotionally, physically, and also spiritually. It was
very sad to see her condition. I couldn't help but
think how the choices we make make us what we become.

In my youth I recall how I was challenged to serve God
with my life and am extremely thankful to God that I
made that choice. That one choice totally changed my
life--both for this life and the next. I don't know
where I would be today had I not made that major
life-changing choice. I can't say that every choice I
have made since then has been a good or a wise one.
However, for every choice I have made, I have always
reaped the consequences.

As another has wisely said, "It's choice--not
chance--that determines our destiny." This is true for
every individual--unless one is mentally impaired.

The reality is that we all make many choices every day.
Most of these are simple choices, but from time to time
we are called to make major choices which, in turn,
always have major consequences for good or bad
depending on the choices we make.

However, there is one choice that is, by far, the most
critical of all of life's choices for it affects not
only this life, but also one's life after death. It is
the choice to follow and serve God, and to receive His
forgiveness for all our sins, without which there is no
entry whatsoever into God's Heaven. As God said to the
ancient Israelites, "Choose you this day whom you will
serve."2 We, too, are called to make this same choice.

To help you make this choice, be sure to read the
article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
made it possible so that I can choose to accept and
serve you. Please help me to make that choice, not only
for today, but for all eternity. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Galatians 6:7 (NKJV).
2. Joshua 24:15 (KJV).

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Today's Daily Encounter
Thanksgiving  

First, on this Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Joy and I
wish you and your family a most gratifying and
memorable day. There is so much we have to be thankful
for, not only for God's unending blessings, but also
for the affirmation and encouragement we have received
from so many of our Daily Encounter readers.

Thank you for reading and for thinking about our
writings. We also want to thank those of you who have
taken the time to send in your comments and
suggestions; and finally, a very special thank you to
all our prayer and financial support partners as you
are the ones who make Daily Encounter available without
charge to our well over a third-of-a-million worldwide
subscribers.

May God richly bless you in his own abundant way,

Dick and Joy Innes

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"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing
praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your
lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness
every night."1

"Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden
hair; I envied her--she seemed so happy, and how I
wished I were so fair; When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle; she had one foot and
wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile. Oh God,
forgive me when I whine, I have two feet--the world is
mine. 

"And when I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who
served me had such charm; he seemed to radiate good
cheer, his manner was so kind and warm; I said, 'It's
nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find'; he
turned and said, 'Oh, thank you sir.' And then I saw
that he was blind. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, I
have two eyes, the world is mine. 

"Then, when walking down the street, I saw a child with
eyes of blue; he stood and watched the others play, it
seemed he knew not what to do; I stopped a moment, then
I said, 'Why don't you join the others, dear?' He
looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could
not hear. Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two
ears, the world is mine. 

"With feet to take me where I'd go; with eyes to see
the sunsets glow, with ears to hear what I would know.
I am blessed indeed. The world is mine; oh, God,
forgive me when I whine."2

As many readers will realize, today in the USA is
Thanksgiving Day…a day when friends and family all
across this land will join together in a great day of
feasting, but I cannot help but wonder how many of us
will be truly thankful--I mean truly thankful to God
for the abundant blessings he has given to those of us
who live in free countries. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give to me a
thankful heart--a heart to remember your lovingkindness
every morning and your faithfulness every night--and
that your blessings are new every morning and your
faithfulness is unto all generations. And above all
else beside I thank you with all my heart and soul that
your 'so great salvation' and gift of eternal life is
available to 'whosoever will may come.' Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Psalm 92:1-2 (NKJV).
2. Source Unknown.

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Letting Go to Receive  

"Whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find
it."1

"True love is like quick-silver," said Ann Landers, "if
you hold it in the palm of your hand, it will remain.
If you try to grasp it, it will slip through your
fingers." Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he
said, "Whoever will save his life will lose it: and
whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."

In other words, when we cling to life to live only for
ourselves or cling to another person out of our
over-dependent need, we lose what we need the most:
Love. This is because we have mistaken need for love.
Only as we let go of unhealthy need, are we free to
love.

In other words, do I love you because I need you or do
I need you because I love you? The first is unhealthy
and immature; the second is healthy and mature.

Only as we learn to love without strings attached do we
find genuine love and the fullness of life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to resolve all of
my unresolved issues so I don't cling to others or do
things out of unhealthy immature need, so I am free to
let go and learn to fully live and fully love. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Matthew 16:25.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Show Me--Don’t Tell Me  
"If you love me keep my commandments."1

"A ruthless businessman once said to author Mark Twain,
"Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy 
Land. I will climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten
Commandments aloud from the top."

"I have a better idea," Twain remarked, "You could stay
home here and keep them."

Talk is cheap. It's what we do that counts--not what we
say--and when our words don't match our actions, we
are, as the Apostle Paul put it, as empty vessels and
clanging cymbals.

One of the best lessons I learned from one of my many
teachers was the written comment he seemed to relish
writing in bold red letters in the column of several of
my written assignments. It simply read, "Show me. Don't
tell me." I got the message!

I've never forgotten that lesson. It really applies to
all of life's lessons we want to impart to
others--especially to our children! Whatever we want to
teach others we need to model ourselves before we can
make any lasting impact on anybody else; otherwise what
we say is unbelievable and the only person we deceive
in the long run will be ourselves.

As a general rule, we teach best that which we
ourselves most need to learn. And the place to begin
modeling what we want to teach is at home!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to model the kind
of person you want me to be … a better
father/mother/child … friend … partner … business
person … and Christian so that people seeing what you
have done in my life will want the same for themselves.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. John 14:15.
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You, too, Can Get Bigger  
"Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises
again."1

As M. Dunham wrote, "Sir Edmund Hilary was the first
person to conquer Mt.  Everest. The first time he
tried, he failed. He was knighted by the Queen of
England, and at the gala occasion, on the wall behind
the head table, was a huge picture of Mt. Everest. The
people gave him a standing ovation for even daring to
attempt the climb. When they ceased applauding, Hilary
turned his back to the audience, faced that picture and
said, "Mt.  Everest, you have defeated me once and you
might defeat me again. But I'm coming back again and
again, and I'm going to win because you can't get any
bigger, Mt. Everest, and I can."*

Great attitude! What a difference it would make if we
felt the same when we face the mountains in our lives.
The reality of life is that we often learn more through
our failures than we do through our successes.
Successes are satisfying and they are important to keep
us encouraged. However, failure is our greatest
teacher. This is because in every failure there is the
opportunity to learn, to grow, and to become stronger,
better persons. And this is what God wants for each of
us--not to beat ourselves up when we fail, but to grow
stronger!

Whatever mountain you are facing at this time of your
life--large or small--remember God is right there with
you. If anything is his will for you, you know that
with his help you, too, can say to your mountain, "You
have defeated me once and you might defeat me again.
But I'm coming back again and again, and I'm going to
win because you can't get any bigger and I can. Plus
God is on my side to help me."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, grant me the courage to
face every mountain in my life and, with your help,
never give up until I conquer each one and learn what
you are seeking to teach me. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

*NOTE: Actually I believe Mt. Everest is growing a tiny
fraction each year, but the illustration is valid re
the point Sir Edmund Hilary was making. 

1. Proverbs 24:16.

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Today's Daily Encounter
Why Worry?  

"Casting all your care on God because he cares for
you."1

"Worry, like a rocking chair," said Vance Havner, "will
give you something to do, but it won't get you
anywhere." Or as somebody else has said, "Worry is the
advance interest you pay on troubles that seldom come."

According to Ken Anderson, nine times out of ten, the
worrying about something does more damage to the one
who worries than the thing he or she is worrying about.

Anderson continues, "Modern medical research has proved
that worry breaks down resistance to disease. More than
that, it diseases the nervous system--particularly that
of the digestive organs and of the heart." Concern is
needed to keep us on track with our responsibilities,
but worry, like stress, is a killer.

An examination of 500 patients in a British clinic
showed that more than one-third of their visual
problems were caused by emotional tension. And a survey
of some 5,000 university students showed that worriers
get the lowest grades.

The word "worry" comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word
meaning to strangle or to choke. While we need to be
attentive to life's concerns, worrying about them
"chokes" the joy out of life. "Worrying is like driving
a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other
foot on the brake."

One antidote for worry is trust and trust is a choice.
When things aren't going well and I am prone to worry,
I keep praying until the storm passes: "Dear God, I
choose to trust you in this situation no matter how I
feel." In time my feelings catch up with my choice and
the worry gives way to calm. Meaningful worship,
supportive relationships, sharing my feelings with a
trusted friend, physical exercise, proper diet, deep
breathing relaxation exercises and sufficient rest all
help--plus learning to pray about the causes of my
worry and not just the symptoms is a major key in
learning to win over worry.

   All the water in the world
   However hard it tried,
   Could never, never sink a ship
   Unless it got inside.
   All the hardships of this world,
   Might wear you pretty thin,
   But they won't hurt you, one least bit
   Unless you let them in.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I choose to trust you no
matter what. Please help me to always act responsibly,
face and resolve any causes in my life that are at the
root of my worrying, and leave the outcome to you of
the many things in my life over which I have little or
no control. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. 1 Peter 5:7.
2. Anonymous.

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