Beauty of Holiness

 

1. Holy and beautiful

“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:9 KJV

We as believers are crucified with Christ, we are buried with him, and now Christ lives in us, we walk in the newness of life, and with Christ we have been raised up together to sit in heavenly places in Him! (Gal. 2:20, Rom. 6:4, Eph. 2:6)

Our life is hid in Him, and we live a life of holiness unto God. He has given us a new heart, and now we keep our flesh crucified, and the old life buried. Lifting holy hands (1. Tim. 2:8) and having clean hands and a pure heart (Psalms 24:4).

God is Holy – and we are called to be as He is. Word of God instructs us to be holy, as He is holy (1. Peter 1:16). Our bodies are the temple of God (1. Cor. 6:19).

Called to be beautiful, set apart for Him.

Away from the world, and holy unto God!

Say this out loud:

“I’m beautiful and holy! Dedicated for the Lord!”

 

2. Reasons why many struggle in this area

A) Giving room to the flesh – whatever you feed: grows in your life. What you sow into will yield a harvest.

“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13 KJV

– More you give room for the flesh, more it will take ground.

B) Wrong thinking/teaching on some vital issues of life

Issues such as “Who I am?”, “My standing with God”, “What’s possible to me” and “What are my responsibilities?”

Vision for your life personally is important, so you know the Word of God what God’s will for your life is, and what your assignment is!

C) Yielding to flesh and not knowing the will of God will result in wrong habits, attitudes, words and actions. This will produce a life without victory with constant failings. But yielding to the Spirit of God, obeying the Word of God and walking faith in love will produce a life of victory, honor, love, results and blessings!

 

3. Waiting for HIS return: staying ready

As on a wedding day the bride is clothed in spotless, beautiful, and white dress, so are we to keep our heats, hands and clothing clean waiting for His coming! No bride wants to have a dirty dress, it would be embarrassing! Same way, our desire is to be ready for the Lord’s coming.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:44‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Declare this over your life:

From this day forward

I’m set apart from this world

I’m holy unto God

 

HEART OF A WORSHIPPER   Feb. 9th, 2020

 

John 4:23-25 (NLT)

But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 

Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

 

In the beginning in the Garden of Eden there was simply a relationship between God and man. God wanted fellowship with man.

 

God is much more concerned about our fellowship with Him than about our works, our activities and our traditions. God wants relationship and everything God established for man was built on this desire for fellowship.

 

As a result of the Fall of Man – this original design was broken.

But Jesus came to restore that design and God is calling us to live in that place of sweet fellowship with Him through knowing Jesus Christ.

That’s why we worship Jesus – that’s why we praise Him! 

He’s the way, truth and life! 

 

Isaiah 55:1 (NLT)

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!

  • We drink new wine, His Holy Spirit! 
  • We are nourished the milk of God’s Word – 1 Peter 2:2

 

John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

 

God’s Use of Principles 

Psalms 19 and 119 also clearly reveal the necessity of understanding and obeying God’s principles of creation. This is true because only the manufacturer of a product knows what factors are necessary to obtain the maximum operation of the product. In essence, you can’t use a product according to your own ideas and expect it to fulfill what the manufacturer promised it could and would do. If you want a product to work, doing all that the manufacturer said it would do, you have to obey the principles (laws, commandments, instructions, etc.) of the one who designed and made the product. God’s demands of us are always based on His principles because He knows we cannot fulfill our purpose and enjoy fulfillment in life unless we operate within the parameters (principles) He has set for us. The effects of His laws cannot be avoided because they are inherent to the law. Therefore, our relationship with God, both our perception of Him and His response to us, is based on how we respond to the principles He has established throughout creation. He is not capricious in His responses to us, but rather is faithful and just. 

 

One of the important principles God established is the principle of coming into His Presence with a worshipful, thankful heart full of praise! 

 

Psalm 100:4-5

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Did you know that God has a songbook? Yes, He has. It’s called “The Book of Psalms” and most of the Psalms were written one amazing, well-known songwriter who still really owns the copyright even to the most of the modern praise and worship songs. 

King David – if he lived today – he’d be my best friend. We still talk about King David 3,000 years later. He was a man after God’s own heart! He was an exceptional man and there is so much we can learn from his life. 

King David Worships in the time of trouble 

 

1 Sam. 30:1-6 NKJV

Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 

2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. 

3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 

4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 

5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. 6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was [a]grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

 

King David had lost everything Wives, Kids and  Possessions.

Also his men had lost everything. And they saw this as Davids fault and all men were blaming him and getting ready to stone him.

David could have found many excuses to defend him and try to reason with his men to forgive him. For sure he had been treated very unfairly King Saul.

 

He did not withdraw.

He did not let his flesh prevail and go on a revenge in anger.

He did not try to reason himself out of the situation with excuses and pity party.

Instead King David turned his heart and soul toward ‘the Lord his God.’

David called God his God.  

 

One Bible commentary notes it well: 

“it would appear as if David was the very first of all the ancient singers to grapple that thought that he stood in a personal, individual relation to God, and God to him.” (MacLaren´s Exposition)

 

6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was [a]grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

 

What did he do? How did he encourage and strengthen himself in the Lord his God? 

*Maybe with the song found in Psalm 27:1-2 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked came against me To eat[a] up my flesh,

My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.

 

He didn’t have anything else left.

He could not say any more my city, my possession, my wife, my children,

but there was one thing the Amalekites had not been able to steal.

David had relationship to almighty God, he called him  `my God` in his darkest hour 

And when he had His God, He had everything he needed. 

 

*Maybe King David had to command his soul to focus on His God and not the circumstances like in Psalm 42:5: 

 

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? 

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  Psalm 42:5 NIV

 

*Or maybe he began to praise him and testify about past victories. Like in Psalm 34:1-6

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked to Him and were radiant,And their faces were not ashamed.

6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,And saved him out of all his troubles.

* King David encouraged  and strengthened himself in the Lord His God 

He drew strength from His God.

He took courage in His God.

He made effort to press in to His presence and receive the strength he needed. 

He received the joy “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

He found it. As he praised and worshiped His God, as he reminded himself of His goodness and faithfulness, he received strength to get up and get going. 

He received wisdom from the Lord what to do and he did it. 

He went after the amalekites, found them, won them and brought back everything that they had lost. 

 

1 Samuel 30:18-19 NKJV

18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.

 

Praise and Worship brings us to the place of TOTAL VICTORY

Remember Joshua when he was leading the nation of Israel to conquer Jericho. This story is found in Joshua 6. Walls fell down flat because of the supernatural impact of people’s victorious shout of praise. Praise is also our war cry to break down the walls that divide us from each other, that enemy tries to raise up to prevent us to take that first breakthrough victory to start to possess our Promised Land here in Earth. Praise Him and you will see giants fall! Praise Him and you will see how you will win in those battles and challenges you’re facing right now. 

Joshua 6:27 (NLT)

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.

Apostle Paul and his companion Silas are some of the best examples of New Testament believers who understood the power of praise and worship. Both of them really had a heart of a worshiper. This powerful story is found in Acts 16

 

Acts 16:25-26

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

 

You’re living in a nation where we have freedom to worship Jesus and to preach His name. And we declare that it will stay that way! Remember they were in prison because of their boldness and faith. You might be in the prison because of your own choices or because of something someone else did. But this principle of the power of praise and worship still works – God is faithful to His Word! So you’re not in an actual prison like Paul and Silas but it could be another type of prison – prison of broken relationships, prison of hatred, prison of doubt and unbelief, prison of fear and sickness or a prison of debt. But just like Paul and Silas – when you lift up a song of praise and worship at your midnight hour – you will see how God is adding His super to your natural – and His supernatural power will miraculously deliver you from the bondage you’re in right now. 

 

A HEART OF A SERVANT 2.2.2020

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:45‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • God’s very nature, and character are to be seen in us as His children.

“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe His mighty word of power. When He had offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,”

Hebrews 1:3 AMPC

  • As new creation, we are to renew our minds, and not conform to this world, but become as He is (Eph 5:1, Rom. 12:2, eph 4:23)
  • One characteristic of our Lord is His heart of a servant

“These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three —the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle. Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder! Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory. Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty—an elite group among David’s fighting men) went down to meet him there. David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem. David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.”

2 Samuel 23:8-17 NLT

  • Serving is a quality of the heart – we don’t pretend or put on an act
  • Same way as faith, honor, love is of the heart, serving is a heart thing.
  • We don’t do things because of a show, to be seen, or to impress a man.
  • It’s a quality of the heart, that is expressed through our actions, and words.

NOT EVERYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE HUMILITY IS HUMILITY.

And not everything that may seem to be pride is pride.

Don’t mistake confidence as arrogance!

And lack of fruit as humble life!

David inspired the mighty men!

“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Psalm 139:23-24 AMPC

  • His example and heart could be seen in the men who followed Him

Serving makes a difference!

  • In humility, in dependence on God, and in developing faithfulness
  • All key elements to take you further, and keep you established.

David’s mighty men were CHAMPIONS!

  • True performers and men who accomplished amazing things with God’s help
  • Still they were willing to serve, from the heart, not to “volunteer” to cover a need, but in total dedication.
  • As you take ground, and advance the Kingdom – never lose the heart of a servant.

 

FISHERS OF MEN 26.1.2020

Mark 1:17-18 (NKJV) has recorded the words of our Savior – the very words He used when He called Peter and Andrew to become fishers of men almost 2000 years ago:

Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”

True christianity is all about following the example of Jesus. As we learn to know His Word and His Presence better we get a hold of the revelation that in the core of true christian life is spreading the message of salvation. Jesus is the only way to eternal life. In addition He wants to give us an abundant life as we seek first His Kingdom according to Matthew 6:33 – when we seek His way of living, loving and leading. True christianity has never been ceremonial faith observing certain rituals but it is personal faith – you believe in your heart. This means practically that we follow our Master’s example in words and deeds. In the core of following Jesus is preaching of the Gospel. When we learn to know Him – we want to make Him known. Jesus has given us very clear instructions in His Word.

 

Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

 

This is our time. Now is the time to live according to His Word. It’s time for us to go and declare the Good News of the Gospel. It’s time to lead people to Jesus but the commission doesn’t end there. We also need to teach the Word of God to those who make a decision to receive Jesus into their hearts. This is why we’d like everyone to be a part of home group close to the place where they live. Home group is a place where you can grow in your faith and where you can bring new people into the fellowship with the family of God. You can reach people nobody else can reach. You are the plan of God for the people around you. If you don’t preach the Gospel to your community then who would preach? Finland will be changed one heart, one family and one community at a time. You just need to take your place in God’s great plan. The Great Commission Jesus gave us is still in effect. The only reason He hasn’t returned yet is because He still wants millions of people to be saved before it’s eternally too late. This year 2020 will be a year of great growth and multiplication here at River Church Finland. The villages, towns, cities and suburbs of Finland will hear the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Mark 1:38-39 (NKJV)

“But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

Jesus said here: ”Go into the next towns.” He said: ”Keep on moving forward and taking new ground.” What new place can you go to this week and preach the Gospel there? Do you have a friend or a neighbor to whom you have not preached the Gospel yet? These new places need to hear the Gospel. Your friends and neighbors must hear the Gospel. Think about the big picture in our nation right now. The population of Finland is greater than ever before in the history. Just think about certain areas and suburbs of Helsinki. Some of these suburbs have tens of thousands of people living in them in a geographical area of just 2 or 3 square kilometers. Many of these people are like “sheep without a shephard” – yet many are hungry for real life that is only found in relationship with God. This is a great opportunity for us. People are longing for hope, answers and direction for their lives. The Gospel gives a great value for every individual. The Gospel births understanding in the hearts of people that their life is significant and special – they’re not designed to be insignificant slaves of the society and its’ systems. Most importantly lost people need salvation of their soul before thet pass on from this time to Eternity. Jesus is still the only way! So we got to preach the Gospel so people can receive this great salvation. We need to have a sense of urgency about the mission God has given each one of us. Let God do a big work in your heart – then He’s able to do the big work through you. God wants you to become a fisher of men among this generation right here in Finland!

 

JESUS WAS MOVED BY COMPASSION – Matthew 9:35-38

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

What moved Jesus should move us! What did not move Jesus should not move us!

What moved Him? People without a vision, people without a leadership, people who were lost, sick and hungry. He had a constant fellowship with His Heavenly Father, Father told Him where He should go and what He should do. Multitudes were touched His ministry.

What did not move Him? Religion that used a lots of words, long, learned and loud prayers with little action and application. People’s acceptance did not move Him. Multitudes loved Him and then there were those who hated Him. 2 Tim. 3:12: ”Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Indifferent attitude did not move Him.

 

There were few people in the Bible whom Jesus called to follow Him but these people ”had better things to do…”. For example the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-22. We never hear about him again after he went away to other direction even though Jesus had called this young man to follow Himself.

 

But we still talk about those who started to follow Him – Peter, James, John and other disciples. They really became fishers of men. They changed society, they changed nations and they changed the course of history.

 

What can I do this week to become a fisher of men?

 

1) ACTIVATE your soulwinning.

Romans 10:13 (NLT): For Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Acts 4:12 (NLT): There is salvation in no one else! God has given NO OTHER NAME under heaven which we must be saved.”

 

2) ACTIVATE your participation in home group.

This is your community. This is a place where you really grow up spiritually. If you don’t have a home group yet, visit one this week. This is a place where people know you. Home group is a place where you can be accountable in a biblical, healthy way to those leaders who God has placed as your authority. Home groups are designed to grow, accelerate, multiply and then to branch out to new areas, new suburbs and even new cities. This is how we can win towns, cities and suburbs of Finland for Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:46-47 (NLT):They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

 

3) ACTIVATE your love walk. Always believe the best from you brother or sister. Let’s compete in honoring each others. When Holy spirit fills us – our hearts will be full. Full of love and peace everywhere – at home, at school, with friends, at business or work place. Then our life becomes an attractive life – we are givers, not takers – we are leaders, not those who are following the ways of this world. When you live like this, you actually start to lead people to Jesus your words and your life example. Walking in love gives you godly confidence.

Ephesians 4:2-4: With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, being one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny.”

 

4) ACTIVATE your prayer life. A believer who prays is a believer who wins in every area of life. Jesus prayed, Elijah prayed, men of God in the Bible prayed. Men and women of God in our time are people who pray. So we should pray and pray fervently.

James 5:16b (NKJV): The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” 

James 5:16b: (AMPC): The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”

JESUS prayed a lot. JESUS preached a lot. He reached a lot of people – thousands at a time. He performed mighty miracles. He fed the multitudes (Matthew 14:21). Early Church and first christians prayed a lot and preached a lot. They reached a lot of people – thousands at a time. They performed mighty miracles among the people. Poverty was eradicated from the Early Church (Acts 4:34). I believe you can see the connection. We should be men and women of prayer. Prayer changes us and prayer will change this nation.

 

When we follow Jesus – when we follows His example, we will become fishers of men and we will fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

Finland shall be saved! Europe will be shaken the power of God! This is our time and this generation will not go to devil’s hell.

It’s time to plunder hell and populate Heaven!

 

 

LIFE FREE OF WORRY 19.1.2020

First step is to make God’s Word your primary source of direction.

God has outlined His will in His Word. When we go outside of the plans that He has for us, we can’t expect the see the good things He has planned for us in His will.

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22.]”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

  1. God’s will for you is to live a worry free life – without cares and heaviness
  2. He cares for you, and watches over you.
  3. Your responsibility is to cast your cares on Him, and leave LEAVE them all with Him, and not pick them up again.

We are to cast our cares to Him.. and when we do, we no longer have the burden, we don’t whine and complain and we don’t have a pity party, because the Lord has our cares.

We cannot walk in His will, according to His plan, and in faith.. if we worry and have cares.

  • We have our part in life, we have to lay down the life in the flesh, and live the live of a new creation. Part of it is laying down our cares.
  • Many things we have to STOP doing, and go with the WORD instead.
  • Stop sinning, and start doing right!

Having a revelation of the greatness of God, His power and His love is a key:

“Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:18-19‬ ‭TPT‬‬

  • Paul’s prayer for the church was, that they would personally experience both the love, and the power of God (v. 16).
  • And act, faith (v. 17) and complete trust.
  • We cast all the cares on Him.

Jesus instructed us not to worry, as our Heavenly Father already knows what we need (Matthew 6:32). He clothes the flowers, feeds for the birds. How much more He cares for His children?

Prayer:

God loves me, cares for me, and watches over me.

He already knows everything I need.

It is not God’s will for me to worry.

I repent from worrying and carrying cares.

Forgive me Father.

In obedience to His word today:

I am a doer of the word, and not just a hearer.

I cast all my cares on Him.

And I leave them there.

I’ll walk in obedience, and I am willing.

I’ll praise Him, and thank Him.

Amen.

 

Scriptures:

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? [Ps. 39:5-7.] And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-34‬ ‭AMPC‬‬