Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I love our LifeGroup.  We are a diverse group, but we have meshed so well.  Last night, in our gathering, a theme seemed to emerge out of our discussion of the authority of Christ.  Coming out of our Lead Pastor’s sermon from Sunday (our groups are sermon-based), we were discussing how Jesus’ authority emerged from His submission (Mark 1).  His submission to John’s baptism, to the Father’s plan, to being tempted, to preaching the gospel…all lead to his authority as He was described by John the Baptist, as the One with authority to preach the gospel of repentance, as the Teacher who speaks with authority concerning the Scriptures, as the authority over demons, as having the authority to heal the sick and dying…I think you get the idea.

So…in our LifeGroup, we’re attempting to make this message personal…applying it to life.  In doing so, the theme (as I mentioned above) emerged of worry and stress.  As we thought about the authority of Christ in our lives it became apparent to us that there is a direct correlation between our worry and stress, and how we view the authority of Jesus in our lives.  I immediately thought of something I had read by Francis Chan in his book, Crazy Love.  He wrote…

Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.

Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

[Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (p. 40). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.]

Ouch!  That hits pretty close to home!  When I worry, what does it say about what I believe about God?  How does it reveal what I believe about the authority of Jesus in my life and situations?  I’m not a huge worrier, personally, but I do tend to let stress get to me (see yesterday’s post).  I shouldn’t, and I won’t, if I remind myself that Jesus has authority over all those situations…that He is LORD!  When I remind my self, my stress level goes way down and my tendency toward worry lessens.  I am encouraged and I am more likely to take those issues to Him in prayer…believing He is going to take care of the need.  After all, the Word reminds us of this very thing and I’ll leave you with these thoughts directly from the Authority Himself:

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Luke 6:46 (Jesus)

“So why do you call me ‘Lord,’ when you won’t obey me?

4 thoughts on “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”

  1. I am worried about your addiction to Starbucks but I will pray for you lol

    Really, I do worry and stress out a lot, and its true the more that you worry, the less that you take God in the equation. Its hard not to worry or to stress, but its easy to pray (I find) with others that may be able to help. Worry be gone 😀

  2. Aside from the fact that your action speaks louder than words, also your actions are clearly your mind’s manifestations. Up to stress handling your actions and body functions are greatly altered when it goes beyond your control. Things would seems to slow down once your were being strike by stress. Everything is affected and seems worthless.
    Yena recently posted..stress hair loss

    1. Yes, Yena, stress can be a very powerful influence in a person’s life…even to the point of thinking all is worthless and hopeless. I’m so glad, however, that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings hope no matter how hard and dark the circumstances of life. He offers freedom from the darkness and hope for the hopeless. I’m so glad that we have this hope in Him. Check out these words of Jesus:

      “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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