Cares of This World by Rebecca
"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, chokes the word, and he becomes unfruitful."
Whether you’re a believer or not-we all live in the same chaotic world that has an abundance of tribulation and distractions. In His own words-Jesus told us that in the world we shall (or will) have tribulation, but to be of good cheer, He has overcome it! (John 16:33) That’s great news! Unfortunately, most people try and figure out how that pertains to “their” tribulations & “their” struggles, and “their” circumstances. In the past, the world and my circumstances dictated my day and my life…Think about what comes at us on a daily basis…there is always something! It’s a reality of life…but does it have to be?
We have all allowed the world and it’s demands to direct our focus on those things that matter most to us. Which is okay in the respect that we care about family & friends. But, who has the most influence, you over your circumstances or your circumstances over you? As believers in Christ-we have freedom from the cares of this world! Our circumstances should not dictate how we live our life. Romans 12:2, says to NOT be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…
So, how do WE overcome the tribulations?
How do we take authority over our circumstances and not allow them to overwhelm us?
We overcome tribulations by knowing who we are in Christ-by knowing our identity that’s in Him & not by our circumstances and issues. You are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Actually the first and second verse explain that IF you are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above and to set your affection or your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. What is your mind focused on? The things of the world or the things of the Kingdom? In 1 John 2:15 We are instructed to love not the world or the things that are in the world. That’s easily accepted by many Christians-right? But the next part of the verse drops a bomb! It says: If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Wow! Really? Yes, it actually says that! The next verse explains why that is so: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. Seems pretty straight forward… So, we know that tribulations are going to be there no matter what, to overcome them is to take your eyes off your situations & tribulations and to focus them on Jesus. Because He said He has overcome the world! Be of good cheer!
As believers in Christ, we need to take authority over them and not allow them to overwhelm us or overtake us by renewing our mind to the Word of God. Remember….And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Romans 12:2). You have to be rooted and grounded in the truth of the Word. To do this you actually have to read it, digest it, meditate on it, believe what it says and that seed (the Word) will become rooted in your heart. But he that received seed into good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some hundred, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:23) Everyday we make hundreds of decisions-this one is no different. Either you believe the Word of God and follow His ways and His truth, or you let your circumstances and people have a greater voice and allow them to dictate your life and your heart.
You need to know what God says, not what the world says about your crisis or circumstance. He gives us everything we need to overcome anything life throws at us!
You are Blessed!