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The enemy starts by giving us fear of our tomorrows. God wants us to trust Him with our tomorrows. He wants us to depend on Him and know that He has our back. 

Matthew 6:31-34

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The enemy will cause us to have despair about tomorrow and what might happen. With all the crazy things going on in this world, he uses what we see and hear and tells us all these things will come upon us. For this reason many have lost hope, have anxiety and are in deep depression.  Anxiety is of the future and of the unknown. 

Matthew Henry:

That thoughtfulness for the morrow is one of those foolish and hurtful lusts, which those that will be rich fall into, and one of the many sorrows, wherewith they pierce themselves through. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. This present day has trouble enough attending it, we need not accumulate burdens by anticipating our trouble, nor borrow perplexities from to-morrow’s evils to add to those of this day. It is uncertain what to-morrow’s evils may be, but whatever they be, it is time enough to take thought about them when they come. 

The enemy wants us to focus on the What if….

What if the economy goes under? 

What if I don’t have a job?

What is going to happen to my children?

What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

What if I get sick?

God wants us to not be worried about tomorrow. He doesn’t want us to borrow what may or may not happen tomorrow and bring it in today. 

Matthew Henry:

That thoughtfulness for the morrow is needless; Let the morrow take thought for the things of itself. If wants and troubles be renewed with the day, there are aids and provisions renewed likewise; compassions, that are new every morning, Lam. 3:22, 23. The saints have a Friend that is their arm every morning, and gives out fresh supplies daily (Isa. 33:2), according as the business of every day requires (Ezra 3:4), and so he keeps his people in constant dependence upon him. Let us refer it therefore to the morrow’s strength, to do the morrow’s work, and bear the morrow’s burthen.

This does not mean that we don’t make plans and prepare for our future. We need to live today. Mind the things of today. Trust God for this very moment. Do the work of today and let tomorrow come and become today. 

We have an easier time giving God our past and not our future. We take our past to the Cross and are so glad that He has forgiving our past sin. But we are not quick to give Him our future. We make plans and ask Him to bless them. The enemy causes fear, uncertainty, and makes us focus on the what ifs of life. 

Instead of saying what if, Say God is…. 

God is my provider, my deliverer 

God is my Help – Psalms 54:4

God is my Rock, My Refuge, My salvation, – Psalms 62:7-8

Your Father knows what you have need of:

Matthew 6:8

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Luke 12:27

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Luke 12:6-7

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

God will supply your needs. God is faithful. In time of suffering and pain He will never leave you or forsake you. Psalms 27:9, Hebrews 13:5

We don’t want to be ignorant of the future. He wants us to trust Him and know He will bring us through what ever tomorrow may bring. He will do what is best for us, even if we do not understand. God will give us grace through it all. He will take you through what ever tomorrow may bring. If we focus on tomorrow we will miss all the miracles and joys of today. He has good thoughts of you. He has good plans for you. He has grace sufficient for you. 

Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

His love is more powerful than the enemies lies. Trust him today!!! Know Him today!!! Today is the day of salvation. Today we are to seek Him. Today is the life we live. 

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