Welcome to the  MOHC blog, a daily dose of encouragement from Pastor David Chadwick. 

  • David Chadwick

God knew his children would sometimes struggle with worry and fear. Perhaps that’s why Jesus spoke often on these subjects.

When Jesus taught us to not be anxious about anything in Matthew 6:25, he told us to do two things. First, he said to look at the birds – to see how he meets their every need. He said, “They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

Next, Jesus told us to “see how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin” (6:28). If they are clothed in magnificent splendor, will he not do more for us humans?

Succinctly put, to overcome anxiety, Jesus invited his followers to consider creation. To look at birds and flowers and see how they are cared for. Then understand how much more he loves us, his beloved children who are created in his very image!

Jesus knew that the battle against anxiety begins in our minds. And he made it clear that anxiety demonstrates a divided mind. A wavering faith.

That’s why Jesus encouraged his followers to think about birds and lilies. God cares for them. Wouldn’t he care much more for his very children who are created in his image? To not comprehend this truth is to possess “little faith” (Matthew 6:30).

Consider creation. The glory, splendor, majesty, beauty, and design surrounding us on earth. Consider a peacock’s feathers. A chrysanthemum's petals. A starfish’s spine. The complexity of the human eye. The photosynthesis of the plants. The rhythm of the waves.

The God who created everything is the same God who is your Daddy in heaven. The One who designed all creation greatly cares for you.

Possess great faith. Know that the same God who cares for birds and lilies with perfect love also cares even more for you, the crown of his universe.

Consider creation. Have eyes to see. Know his eyes are on you.

And feel your anxiety flee.

  • David Chadwick

Our blogs will resume next Tuesday, July 7th. Enjoy the 4th of July holiday and please join us in praying for our land. 1 Peter 5:7 is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible to help us deal with anxiety.  It says, “Cast all your cares upon the Lord, for he cares for you.” Do you believe Jesus cares for you?  Really and deeply cares for you?  Because he does.  Jesus really cares.  Without this conviction, we can’t cast our cares upon him. How can we know that Jesus cares for us?  Two realities convince us that this is true. First, look at the cradle.  The Incarnation.  God so loved us that he sent his Son into the world (John 3:16).  The Father asked the Son to leave the splendor of heaven and enter the squalor of this sin-stained world.  That’s relentless love.  Love that pursues the beloved no matter what the cost may be. Second, look at the cross.  It was the most excruciatingly painful death possible.  It’s death by asphyxiation.  It’s a hideous way to die. But especially imagine the spiritual pain for Jesus.  He knew and experienced a perfect abiding relationship with his Father.  Yet he willingly took on all our sin so we could be forgiven.  At that moment, he could no longer have a perfect union life with the Father.  What he loved the most, intimacy with his Father, was taken away.  All because of his love for us. Jesus suffered the unimaginable for us.  His blood shed to pay a ransom for you and me. This all-consuming, relentless, and redeeming kind of love demands that we cast all our cares upon Jesus.  Throw all of them to him.   If Jesus cares for us this much, he can surely carry all our anxieties. Jesus does … and he will.

  • David Chadwick

Fasting means denying yourself something on which you depend.  It’s practiced throughout the Bible.  God’s most fervent followers partook in this discipline, most often in times of great need. Most all of us are presently in great need of something.  We need the pandemic to end.  We need to view one another as equals.  We need financial security.  We need anxiety to cease.  We need peace. The purpose of fasting is to create a deeper dependence upon our Creator.  Rather than turning to creation – that from which you are fasting – you turn to your God.  Through fasting, you deepen your intimacy with Jesus.  You press on toward a more potent prayer life.  You pray with pure and powerful faith.  And you see God’s answers to your prayers. Most often, people fast from food, but one can fast from anything.  Consider what you turn to for comfort to help you decide from what you should fast. Should you fast from television?  Perhaps.  What might happen if you turn off the TV for a day, and turn to the Lord instead?  Could he comfort you in places you haven’t yet turned over to him? What about social media?  Are you feeding your mind with others’ tirades, anger, bitterness, or bad news?  What if you turn away from social media and turn to the great Comforter? Or alcohol?  Do you use alcohol to numb feelings that only your Father can highlight, help, and heal?  Our Daddy wants us to take our feelings to Him, the only One who can restore our souls.    Remember, when we accompany fasting with feasting on God’s Word, we are inviting him into places we may not have known we were withholding from his grace.  When properly used, prayer and fasting are like two fists delivering counterpunches to the evil one’s punches of anxiety. Combine fasting and feasting – the consummate antidote to anxiety.