Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
‘I am calling forth a people of courage’, declares the Lord. ‘In the shaking and sifting of this nation I imbue you with strength to stand. To be resolute in the face of panic, to be steadfast and sincere in the ebb and flow of public distress and exaggeration. You are My witnesses – My people – My representation – to a nation that has turned away from Me.
I am dismantling fear in you that I might do it in the nation. Receive My courage. Speak well of one another. Be quick to run to My voice, and ask for My wisdom. I am close. My presence is with you.’
‘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 labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour 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.