Freedom From Worry: Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus

by Jack Wellman on September 1, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

What is the most frequent topic Jesus spoke about during His ministry?  What was the number one thing that He addressed more than anything?  Was it heaven, was it hell, maybe it was sin?  No, the number one thing Jesus spoke about to his disciples and to us is that of worry.  We are more like the disciples than we might care to think.  Remember the storm on the Sea of Galilee?  The men were experienced fishermen.  They had seen many storms during their lifetime.  They knew that storms could suddenly come up unexpectedly and that they were dangerous and in some cases, life threatening.  Suddenly and without warning, a fierce storm arose and the waves began crashing over their boat and they thought that they were all going to drown.  But this storm was the worst that they had ever seen. Yet at the end of the boat or the stern, there was Jesus fast asleep.  They thought how could he sleep when they were about to perish in the storm?  They were out in the middle of the Sea of Galilee and there was no way that they could swim back to shore.

Matthew 8:24-27 describes the event: “Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.  Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Just before this event, the disciples had seen Jesus heal a paralyzed and suffering Centurion’s servant from a distance, seen Him cure a man of leprosy, cast out many demons from several people, and healed Peter’s mother-in-law.  Already they were terrified and worried that they were about to perish.  Yet Jesus is fast asleep at the stern of the boat.  The stern is the area of the ship where the boat is steered which indicates that he was in control of where that boat was going.  When they woke Jesus up, He then rebuked the storm including the winds and the waves and immediately it was calm.  During the fierce storms on the Sea of Galilee, often it took hours for the wind and waves to calm, yet at Jesus’ command, at that split second, all was calm.  Jesus rebuked the disciples too for their lack of faith.  And the disciples were terrified because they had not imagined that someone could make even the winds and waves obey Him.  The disciples had taken their eyes off of Jesus and were looking only at their circumstances.

Jesus Walks on Water, Peter Sinks

In Matthew 14, Jesus walked on water and Peter thought, hey if Jesus could do it, perhaps he could too but there was yet another storm with winds and waves and the little boat was being tossed about.  Read what happened in Matthew 14:22-32:

“Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It isI.Don’t be afraid.”  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Once again, the disciples and Peter in particular, had doubts to Jesus’ ability.  Peter walked on water; truly a miracle but it only happened when Peter kept his eyes on Jesus.  The moment Peter looked at the circumstances; the winds, the waves, and the water, he began to sink and had to cry out to Jesus.  The lesson is that when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he began to have doubts and he let circumstances terrify him.  But when he kept his focus on Jesus, he could do miraculous things.

Freedom From Worry

When we keep our eyes on Jesus we have nothing to worry about for He knows our every need.  During such times of uncertainty like job losses, home mortgage failures, stock market drops, recessions, droughts, floods, and sickness, Jesus is never caught off guard or caught by surprise.  He knows humans propensity to worry about things.  When we worry about the future we are borrowing trouble from tomorrow and ruining today.  Remember that I said Jesus spoke more about worry than heaven, hell, or sin than anything else?  It is because He knew that we look more at our circumstances than we look at Him.  But when we keep our eyes of Jesus, we know that we can depend upon Him for He is the God of nature, natural events, and yes, our circumstances too.   Matthew 6:25-35 should give us all the reassurance we need to know that He is always in control no matter what things look like.

“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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 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?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  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—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Tomorrow is what keeps people awake at night.  We just can’t turn it off sometimes because we are simply not keeping our eyes of Jesus.  This may be because we are trusting in our own resources, our own money, and our own portfolio.  But there is no one who has more resources that the God of the universe.  Psalm 50:10 should remind us of Who has the most resources of all: “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.”  When Jesus said in John 3:16b that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” the word “believe” means to trust upon, to rely on, to depend upon.  That’s what “believe in” means.  He has said that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5) and will never, ever caste us away (John 6:37), we must believe Him at His word.  The strength of your faith is only as strong as the object of your faith and since Jesus is God and God can not lie, He will not leave you orphans (John 14:8).

If you are not a believer, you have reason to worry.  You are cut off from God and Jesus can not help you at all.  So if you are concerned about today, tomorrow, and your eternal future, then here is the solution in which you can keep your eyes fixed and set upon Jesus for all eternity and have Him remain with you forever:

HOW TO RECEIVE & KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

Admit – that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior (Rom 6:23)

Abandon – your self-effort and realize that you can not be saved by your own works or efforts (Acts 16:31)

Accept freely Christ’s payment for your sins as required of the Father (John 3:16)

Acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12)

If you have just received Jesus go to the link that says “Contact“ and please let us know so we can tell you what is next for you or how to begin reading the Bible.  We will celebrate with you as the angels rejoice over one sinner that is saved.  Let us rejoice with you.  And you can share this article or this four-step decision with others who need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.  How they can be saved for eternity and from all their worries.  Now you can rest assured and keep your eyes on Jesus.  I suggest that you now join a Bible-believing, Christ-centered church, or call 1-888-NeedHim (633-3446) for follow up questions about salvation that is only available through Jesus Christ.

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Pam September 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Such an encouraging article Jack. One of my favorite songs is that “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. So true every lyric. Thank you for the reminder that we need not worry for this earthly stuff is just temporary. We are heaven-bound, where Jesus lives and when we keep our eyes upon Him we naturally do what pleases Him and He gives us remarkable peace.

Nice job brother!

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C.A.C January 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Your website is a truly a blessing!!!

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Jack January 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thank you so much. I am glad you left a comment and told us. God bless you my friend and please come back again.

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Taban Dafala March 24, 2012 at 5:22 am

Its nice to get spiritual food like this every day, i like it, continue sending to me .GOD BLESS YOU.

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Jack March 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thank you so much Taban. Your comment is so appreciated. I too must remember to keep my eyes on Jesus and off my own self reliance and problems. Please come back again soon.

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Richard May 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks brother God bless you for this

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Jack May 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thank you too sir. God bless you Richard.

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Robert June 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

its encouraging to hear this again. in 2005 I had no job and my only encouragement came from readind the book of Psalms.

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Jack Wellman June 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Robert, thank you so much sir for your kind words. I have sinned the sin of worry and it reflected my lack of trust in God. Please forgive me Lord for I DO trust you. The book of Psalms Robert is indeed hope-filled. Thank you sir.

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kevin June 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

do you have to be baptized and have a funeral to be saved or do you just need to accept Jesus into your heart?

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Baptism doesn’t save anyone, however once a person is saved, they should be baptized. No funeral saves a person either. At the funeral, it is too late to make a decision to place your trust in God and have faith that Jesus will save you. Its not about letting Jesus come into your heart or just accepting Jesus, but about making Him your Lord and Savior and trusting in Him to save you. Please click on the link “Come to Jesus” to find out what it means to be born again (born from above, literal translation). Thank you Kevin.

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Mellissa June 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I thank you, I thank you, I thank you for reassuring me that he is worthy and that I am abundantly blessed. I have tons of worries that I am now letting go and placing in the hands of God. I can do all things through Christ who stregthens me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

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Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

And I also thank you Mellisa for your comment. What a faith-filled comment you left us with here. Truly your trust in God is great and God rewards those who have faith in Him for He can take the heavy yoke of tribulations and trials for these are too heavy for us. He is shown strong thru our weaknesses and you have shown that you trust Him thoroughly. May God bless your faith.

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Michael Smith June 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Thank God for your obedience that is why I am able to be inspired by your writings. The blessings of God be with you.

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Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Micheal, your words are like the character of Barnabas. The son of encouragement. God bless you my friend and thank you.

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hazeline k. lim June 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

i love reading proverbs and as much as possible i memorized it. it is indeed our source of strength and our greatest weapon…

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christelle July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thank you very much Mr.Jack Wellman this article help me alot cause lately i been worrying my self over a lot of personal issue but i know God is always there with me through all. Please keep praying for me and will continue visiting this site to get more close to my God.

Thank you be bless

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Jack Wellman July 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thank you Christelle for your kind words. I am a good worrier. If I could get paid to worry, then I’d be a professional worrier. I will pray for you my friend and please do come back again Christelle.

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Bill Kirk July 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I stumbled on your web site and want to thank you.I am under the most pressure of my 61 year life and its just too much to go in to….however I would love to see your teachings on the difference….between faith and trust.. and what part does God play in our ability to trust…to really trust.
Thanks so much

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Jack Wellman July 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Mr. Kirk…this is truly a great question and by your finding this article and asking this question shows me that you truly want to rely on God. One example of good biblical hermeneutics is where we can see just how much we can trust in Jesus and it is not in our ability but in HIS ability…Jesus says that whoever believes in me has eternal life (John 6:47). We know that we are still human when we place our trust in Jesus but in John 6:47 and elsewhere, we see that Jesus says that we already have eternal life. It may not look like it, it may not feel like it, or it may not seem like it but Jesus said we already have it! The Greek word for believe is “pistevo” which comes from the Greek noun “pistis” which means to trust, have credence in, have reliance on, and assurance in. This little Greek noun, used over 550 times in the New Testament, means a lot more than most people think “believe” means. When we read the word “believe”, it may mean that we think that someone will call us back or that our team is up by 6 runs in the 7th inning and we believe that they should win the game. However, that is a hope-so and not a know-so which the Greek word believe (pistis) means. When we believe on Jesus Christ for eternal life, we can rely on Him to save us, we can trust Him to forgive us, we can give credence to His promises, and we can have assurance that we have eternal life. Good, biblical hermeneutics brings the Scriptures alive, just like the Holy Spirit does to the former sinner and to the Scriptures. In that you can be assured of, trust in, rely upon, and believe with all your heart, mind, and soul. I hope this helps.

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Maddie August 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

an amazing woman of god died, and my friend was so upset i decided to looked up scripture about strength. I sent her the verse through a text hoping to shed some light on her day. I plan on doing this everyday. I pray she will find comfort in the word!

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Jack Wellman August 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Maddie, I’d say your a pretty amazing woman of God too…and this powerful testiment to your faith is inspiring. I pray you will return here because we have literally hundreds of articles that are jam-packed with Scriptures and that’s where the power lies…in the Word of God. I pray for her too to find comfort and with a godly woman of faith like you, I must know she is truly blessed as I pray you will be too!

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Biju Thomas September 15, 2012 at 4:59 am

Read worthy, specific, meaningful, hopeful, awakening for the soul. May many be blessed with these wordings.

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Joenitha Karyee September 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

It feels good receiving Jesus and accepting that I am a sinner

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Nancy October 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I was worried I would contract hiv/aids because of the evil lifestyle of sexual sin that I was living.Then the thing I feared most found me-I became infected with 2 kinds of hiv virus and my whole body gradually became sick and dilapidated.Friends informed me that Dr. Owuor, who is The Prophet of the LORD GOD of Israel is in the land of Kenya telling us all to Repent,to turn from our wicked ways,to live holy lives and to return to JESUS Who is Coming any time for a Holy Church though no one knows the day or hour of His Coming.I began to seek for JESUS Christ and in one of the Meetings,LORD JESUS healed me TOTALLY.I am totally hiv Negative!my skin, brain, lungs-even finger nails were ALL miraculously restored by JESUS.Let us all live Holy and Righteous lives so that no one may have to worry again.

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Edem April 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Hi Nancy, I also have just found out that I am hiv positive (8th April 2013). I have been involved in an evil sexual lifestyle of sin and I worry so much about this diagnosis. I continue to pray and i would like to know how you overcame this terrible disease. I have faith and i know just like you i will be totally rid of this virus and be hiv negative once again.

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Boitumelo June 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I was recently infected in 2008 n looking at my life god blessed me with two beautiful boys n i have excepted god lord jesus christ as my saviour n my strength n im learning the word of god n i have faith that im healed through the stripes of the lord jesus christ n i have found strength in him n i give my all,mind,soul to my god as i seek the kingdom of god.he has given me hope

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EmilyJane October 16, 2012 at 7:45 am

I just wanted to thank you so much for this article, you really helped me to reflect on my relationship with christ and a lot of unanswered questions i had were answered thanks to this article so i would like to thank you so much for taking the time to write this. You touched me and brought me closer to Jesus,
and you are truly doing his work :)

thank you so much
have a great day
and God bless <3

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Jack Wellman October 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Hello EmilyJane. I am so glad this helped you and even though I wrote it, I need to have these Scriptures be a dose of my own medicine for all too often I take my eyes off the Master….and start to sink as a result!

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cathy November 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

than youthis is really encouraging and an uplifting article. ABsolutely true we sink when we look at the storm and float when we focus on what Jesus can do . I LOVE THIS STORY but unfortunAtely I OFTEN FAIL TO LIVE IT. THANK YOU FOR REFRESHING AND REMINDING ME.

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Geoffrey November 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I thought I stumbled across your exposition, but not really, because I desperately needed the enrichment and encouragement of your message, and it has instantly worked for me in many ways. Thanks for your sensitivity in hearing the voice of God with such exactness. You too, be encouraged and keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

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steph November 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

I do agree with this article, it makes sense completely. however im a very strong believer, yet i still worry sometimes, so now i feel bad that im worried about not worrying (if that makes sense lol) im a naturally anxious person even if theres nothing to be anxious of. so what do i do? try to overcome it and realize theres nothing to worry about?

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Jack Wellman November 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hello Steph. You must learn to cast every care and burden upon Jesus’ broad shoulders. He can carry the loads and we can not. We are weak but He is strong. Put your trust in Him and not in your own feelings or abilities. Worry is sin and even I still deal with this so you are not alone but the only thing you can do is to pray to God to strengthen your faith and trust in Him for He is completely trustworthy.

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scott January 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Just came across this site, just wanted to say it helped me to read the comments.

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Jack Wellman January 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thank you Scott for visiting us my friend. I am encouraged by your comments sir. Please come back.

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junnly January 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for sharing with us. this totally remind me back to not worry but to BELIEVE in Jesus.May God bless you.

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Patricia Schneider March 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thanks so much for this wonderful REMINDER about casting our worries upon Jesus’ broad shoulders. (Your words.) Too often for comfort I find meself fretting and trying to figure out ways to fix certain problems (like our finances, or rather lack of them.) Then I end up feeling like one big hypocrite when a calm thought dawns thru me. “I’M HERE, PATTY.”
Instantly, Pastor Jack, I KNOW it’s Jesus, reminding me to lean on Him! This has been happening so often (especially since discovering WCWTK last year) I believe so many are praying for me!
And God DOES provide! Last month was extremely tight financially ’cause of extra utility bills. You believe we received a refund of over $100 from a medical bill? We also receive 2 more refunds of overpayment (don’t recall exactly) for around $60. This has happened so many times during our 38 yrs of marriage, the blessings never cease!
Really enjoy reading the others’ comments! PRAISE AND GLORY BE TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, GOD, FOR NANCY’S CURE FROM THE HIV/AIDS VIRUS!!! AMEN! (Above, October 8, 2012) (And thank you, Nancy, for sharing this fantastic blessing w/all of us!)
Oodles of blessings for you and your family, Pastor Jack!
Always in Christ, Jesus…Patty

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Jack Wellman March 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Patty, what a joy you are. Today, as Paul said, we see thru a glass darkly but what will be revealed on the day of His return can not even be fathomed (Rom 8:18) but we DO know all things will work out for our best (Rom 8:28) because God is in charge and nothing happens that is not supposed to happen for His purposes even if it is hidden today but it will be revealed some day. I admire your strong faith to keep on believing and to see what God will do next and it appears that He has been answering your prayers and providing in mysterious ways. God is so good…all the time. What positive affirmation that Christ lives within you for you have hope.

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Patricia Schneider March 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Pastor Jack, thank you! You’re specially a joy to me! As I’ve written before, The Holy Spirit uses your fantastic writing skills through all these articles.
Question: Do you know of any ‘tips’ of REMEMBERING Scripture Chapters, verses numbers?
Try to memorize, but soon that fails. The Bible I’m using does have a page outlining specific topics, that helps; yet I would really like to learn the skill of remembering. (Gets a tad hard at my tender age of 64. LOL!)
Jesus loves you specially, too, Pastor Jack! Patty

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Jack Wellman March 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thank you Patty for your comment/question. First off, I am thrilled that you have a hunger and thirst to hide His Word in your heart. What I do is take a 3 by 5 index card and write out the Scripture and chapter and verse. For me, I found it easier to meditate on this one verse for a week. Do one a week and in 52 weeks (a year) you’ll have memorized 52!

My favorite memory verses are Acts 4:12, 1 John 1:9, 2 Cor 5:21, and so on. Read these or find your own and start today. Put them up on sticky notes on frig, one computer monitor, bathroom mirror, and in your car…..and you’ll be amazed.

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Patricia Schneider March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

What an absolutely wonderful suggestion, Pastor Jack! Why I didn’t think of something similar meself? (Dense City, here, remember? LOL!)
Started right after reading your reply. Using address cards indexes, a tad smaller, but will serve its purpose.
Wrote Matthew 6 v 34…”So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Then added READ VERSES 25-30. (Also looked this up in the ‘Good News Bible’ and KJV. The wording is different, but the MESSAGE is same to me. Remember I told you I was using ‘The Book’ by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.? It was my Mom-in-law’s bible, which she gave to me when she saw me reading it at her place. Have used it often
throughout the years, many passages I’ve outlined. (Yuk, use ‘I’ too much! Gotta curb that!)

There are MANY Bible verses dear to my heart; inspiring, uplifting, encouraging. Being the world’s greatest worrywart,
this article you wrote, Pastor Jack, was a God-send. Was fretting & worrying about finances and our beagle, Sherry (her belly is enlarged, can’t afford to see Vet at the moment. Can you offer a prayer for her, Pastor Jack? I’ve been placing my hand on her belly, asking Sweet Jesus to heal her. Amen.)
Always in Christ, Jesus…Patty

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Jack Wellman March 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Patty, it is my pleasure to pray for Sherry and what a precious thing you did to place your hand on her and pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Wow…what a humble, contrite woman of faith you are. And NO, you are NOT dense but you have a hunger and thirst for learning. I admire that because few Christians it seems have this strong desire to grow.

Matthew 6:34 is perfect for your situation because it certainly hits close to home. What a great one. Each of us have differing needs and the reason I choose, for example, 2 Cor 5:21 is for witnessing purposes to give people hope that they have never sinned so much to be beyond grace. May God richly bless you and Sherry too! Sherry, by the way, is my sister’s name! :-)

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Patricia Schneider March 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Here’s a poem for you, Pastor Jack, and everyone at WCWTK.
Written by H.R. Trickett…

On what are you building, my brother,
Your hopes of an eternal home?

Is it loose, shifting sand, or the firm,
solid Rock,
you are trusting for the ages to come?

Hearing and DOING, we build on the Rock;
hearing alone, we build on the sand;
both will be tried by the storm and the flood;
only the Rock the trial will stand.

Aren’t those words beautiful, Pastor Jack? Got it today from my online Bible study…just had to share it with everyone!

(Do not put meself down when I call meself, ‘Dense City.’ It’s become a joke w/me now, learned to laugh at meself more these past couple years. Used to hurt like the dickens when family & friends would call me ‘dense’ or ‘dumb’ ’cause of my hearing-impairment. Thank Dear God family members have knocked it off, and I choose friends who don’t put me down now. Even joke about my hearing, call it ‘goofy ears!’
Thanks so much for praying for Sherry. Still has the enlarged belly, but doesn’t act as if in any pain or discomfort. Maybe Sherry has just gotten fat? Gary & I do try to watch her diet, and Gary walks Sherry every day. But Sherry LOVES
those Pup-Peroni and Begging Bacon Strips~. (which we do try to daily limit.) Oh, love Sherry SO much, Pastor Jack! We adopted her from Animal Friends, Inc. here in Pittsburgh 3 yrs ago. She’ll be 9 in April. Is ‘Sherry’ your sis’ full name or nickname?)
Always in Christ, Jesus…Patty

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Jack Wellman March 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

Yes, Sheree is her name. I mis-spelled it. It is Sheree so I goofed on that. It is not here nickname, but her real name. Just spelled different. And what a beautiful poem and so true.

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Patricia Schneider April 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Hello again, Pastor Jack!
This site popped up in emails today…read the article & comments all over again. Great inspiration and reminder about NOT WORRYING, “to keep your eyes on Jesus, not circumstances.”
You may be a “Professional Worrier,” Pastor Jack…but yours truly here is the “World’s Greatest Worrywort!” Hee-Hee! Seriously, I AM getting loads better in the worry department.

It happened again, Pastor Jack! This month’s finances were tight ’cause of Gary’s hospital bills. BUT NEITHER GARY NOR I WORRIED. As my hubby always says, “The Lord will provide.”
Today, we received a check for $60.13 from an old credit card company we used. We haven’t been with American Express in over 5 years! (This money will hold us over for food & stuff until ‘Payday.’ We were down to $20 in checkbook!) Couldn’t believe the HONESTY of the company, whoever caught this error had to be a Christian! Don’t you agree, Pastor?)

This is for EDEM (April 9, 2013.)
Hello, Edem! So sorry to read about your illness! This may sound trite, hope not, but PUT ALL YOUR TRUST IN OUR SAVIOR, JESUS!!! Whatever happens with your illness, Edem, KNOW the God will NEVER leave you, that He has a plan for your life. Simply, TRUST HIM!!! (I’ve added your name to my Prayer Board, a list of folks I daily pray for.)
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Oodles of blessings for you and your family, Pastor Jack!
Always in Christ, Jesus…Patty

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Jack Wellman April 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Glory to God Patty. Nothing happens that does happen without first passing thru the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. To Him be all glory! I will pray for more in this regard for you both my good friend.

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alana clutterbuck June 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

Dear Jack.I give glory to God and I Thankyou so much for this inspiring and very much needed piece of writing! Pls pray that God will restore His peace to me. I know Jesus paid for my sin by His shed blood but often I worry that I may not make it to the finish line as my life is a mess and finding it hard to cope. I’ve been a believer for over twenty years and life has been a constant challenge. I’m so determined to follow Jesus but I’m STRUGGLING BIG TIME!!!! God bless you and thankyou again.

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Jack Wellman June 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

Hello Alana….I will be glad to pray for you. Have you spoken with your pastor? I would schedule an appointment with him today if possible. Another suggestion is to read Romans chapter 8 which is a chapter about the assurance of salvation. We all struggle. From my experience, I have discovered that the more we are in the Bible the more the Bible is in us and the Gospel of John may be the most encouraging book that there is…so my advice my friend is to talk with your pastor, read Romans 8 and then the Gospel of John and stay in the Bible daily and in prayer constantly. I will pray for you for God never gives up on us…remmeber that.

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