Don't worry; Be happy

What God's doing in my life.
It seems a fundamental thing.  I used to make light of the don't 
worry be happy song, but I'm beginning to embrace at least the 
first part of it.

What am I afraid of? (realistic, honest)--
God will be displeased with me and punish me because I am lazy.
Physical pain -- as in running.
Someone will misunderstand me or misrepresent me to others, 
particularly that parents of my students will misinterpret me.
I will lose control in my classroom and my students will no longer 
respect me or obey me. (nightmare fodder)
Someone will take advantage of me, and I'll have no  recourse --
employers, landlords, a student harrassing Julie anonymously on 
the phone.
Money for a lot of people.
Inability to provide for family for a lot of men.

-- Is our God big enough to deliver us from these things?
-- Will he?

Faith that God is powerful in a general, impersonal sense is merely 
good theology, and will not decrease my current anxiety level at 
all.  This general faith in God's power is useless unless I also have 
faith that God can and will deliver me in the present situation, 
here and now.  --me

Oswald says that our battle is not even our deliverance from the 
current crisis.  That's God's battle.  Our battle is -- will we trust 
God and not worry in our current crisis?

[The life of the Son of God in you] is nourished by refusing to 
worry over anything, for worry means there is something over 
which we cannot have our own way, and in reality is personal 
irritation with God. -- Oswald

Worry is sin.  We are commanded by Jesus to not worry.  We are 
not commanded by Jesus to not get in a bind.  Getting in a bind is 
not sin, but worrying about the bind we're in is sin.

Phil: 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!   5 
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.   6 Do not 
be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and 
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   7 And 
the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard 
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   

Don't worry about your life, don't fear them which kill the body; 
be afraid only of not doing what the Spirit of God indicates to you.
-- Jesus (paraphrase)

The encouraging Scripture section
perspective from the master
Matt. 6:24    "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the 
one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and 
despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. 
Matt. 6:25    "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, 
what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will 
wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more 
important than clothes? 
Matt. 6:26   Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or 
store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 
Are you not much more valuable than they? 
Matt. 6:27   Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his 
Matt. 6:28    "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the 
lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 
Matt. 6:29   Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor 
was dressed like one of these. 
Matt. 6:30   If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which 
is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not 
much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 
Matt. 6:31   So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What 
shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 
Matt. 6:32   For the pagans run after all these things, and your 
heavenly Father knows that you need them. 
Matt. 6:33   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and 
all these things will be given to you as well. 
Matt. 6:34   Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for 
tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of 
its own. 

This is the kind of treatment we can expect in the world, and how 
we are suppsed to react to it.
Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following 
instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of 
the Samaritans.   6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.   7 As you 
go, preach this message: `The kingdom of heaven is near.'   8 Heal 
the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out 
demons. Freely you have received, freely give.   9 Do not take 
along any gold or silver or copper in your belts;   10 take no bag 
for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker 
is worth his keep.   11  "Whatever town or village you enter, 
search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until 
you leave.   12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.   13 
If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let 
your peace return to you.   14 If anyone will not welcome you or 
listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave 
that home or town.   15 I tell you the truth, it will be more 
bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than 
for that town.   16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. 
Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.   17  
"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the 
local councils and flog you in their synagogues.   18 On my account 
you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to 
them and to the Gentiles.   19 But when they arrest you, do not 
worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be 
given what to say,   20 for it will not be you speaking, but the 
Spirit of your Father speaking through you.   21  "Brother will 
betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel 
against their parents and have them put to death.   22 All men 
will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end 
will be saved.   23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to 
another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the 
cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.   24  "A student is not 
above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.   25 It is 
enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like 
his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, 
how much more the members of his household!   26  "So do not be 
afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be 
disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.   27 What I tell 
you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your 
ear, proclaim from the roofs.   28 Do not be afraid of those who 
kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One 
who can destroy both soul and body in hell.   29 Are not two 
sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the 
ground apart from the will of your Father.   30 And even the very 
hairs of your head are all numbered.   31 So don't be afraid; you 
are worth more than many sparrows.   32  "Whoever 
acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before 
my Father in heaven.   33 But whoever disowns me before men, I 
will disown him before my Father in heaven.   34  "Do not suppose 
that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to 
bring peace, but a sword.   35 For I have come to turn "`a man 
against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-
law against her mother-in-law--   36 a man's enemies will be the 
members of his own household.'   37  "Anyone who loves his 
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who 
loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;   38 
and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not 
worthy of me.   39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever 
loses his life for my sake will find it.   40  "He who receives you 
receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent 
me.   41 Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet 
will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a 
righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a 
righteous man's reward.   42 And if anyone gives even a cup of 
cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I 
tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." 

God reads newsweek
Ps. 46:0   For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According 
to alamoth. A song. 
Ps. 46:1   God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in 
Ps. 46:2   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
Ps. 46:3   though its waters roar and foam and the mountains 
quake with their surging. Selah
Ps. 46:4   There is a river whose streams make glad the city of 
God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 
Ps. 46:5   God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at 
break of day. 
Ps. 46:6   Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, 
the earth melts. 
Ps. 46:7   The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our 
fortress. Selah
Ps. 46:8   Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he 
has brought on the earth. 
Ps. 46:9   He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks 
the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 
Ps. 46:10    "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted 
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." 
Ps. 46:11   The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our 
fortress. Selah

God has our back 
Isa. 41:1    "Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations 
renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us 
meet together at the place of judgment.   2  "Who has stirred up 
one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service? He 
hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns 
them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow.   3 
He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have 
not traveled before.   4 Who has done this and carried it through, 
calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD --
with the first of them and with the last --I am he."   5 The islands 
have seen it and fear; the ends of the earth tremble. They 
approach and come forward;   6 each helps the other and says to 
his brother, "Be strong!"   7 The craftsman encourages the 
goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him 
who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, "It is good." He nails 
down the idol so it will not topple.   8  "But you, O Israel, my 
servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham 
my friend,   9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its 
farthest corners I called you. I said, `You are my servant'; I have 
chosen you and have not rejected you.   10 So do not fear, for I am 
with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen 
you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.   
11  "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and 
disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.   
12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. 
Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.   13 For 
I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and 
says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.   14 Do not be afraid, O 
worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the 
LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.   15  "See, I will 
make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many 
teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce 
the hills to chaff.   16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick 
them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in 
the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel.   17  "The poor and 
needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are 
parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of 
Israel, will not forsake them.   18 I will make rivers flow on 
barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the 
desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.   
19 I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle 
and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the 
cypress together,   20 so that people may see and know, may 
consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, 
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.  

God wants to bless us
Zeph. 3:8 Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I 
will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to 
gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them-- all my 
fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my 
jealous anger.   9  "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that 
all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him 
shoulder to shoulder.   10 From beyond the rivers of Cush my 
worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.   11 On 
that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have 
done to me, because I will remove from this city those who rejoice 
in their pride. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.   
12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in 
the name of the LORD.   13 The remnant of Israel will do no 
wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their 
mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them 
afraid."   14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad 
and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!   15 The 
LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your 
enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will 
you fear any harm.   16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, 
"Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.   17 The 
LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great 
delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over 
you with singing."   18  "The sorrows for the appointed feasts I 
will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you.   
19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will 
rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will 
give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to 
shame.   20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring 
you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples 
of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes," 
says the LORD. 

The secret of Christian quietness is not indifference, but the 
knowledge that God is my Father, he loves me, I shall never think 
of anything he will forget, and worry becomes an impossibility.
-- Oswald