Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-32

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (Matthew 6:31)


In this passage Jesus commands us not to worry or be anxious about our material needs being met. It would be impossible to have no thought whatsoever about our physical needs. Even Jesus thought about His need for money to pay taxes. (Matt. 17:24-27.) We are simply not to be preoccupied with riches or to spend our time worrying about the necessities of life. These things will be added unto us as we seek first the kingdom of God.

According to this verse, the way we take an anxious thought is by speaking it. Doubtful thoughts will come, but we do not sin until we entertain them and declare them. Speaking these thoughts is one way of entertaining them; therefore, don’t speak any anxious thought!

It is imperative that we watch what we say. Jesus exhorts us to speak words in faith that line up with His Word because positive results will follow. If we speak words of doubt, we will eventually believe them and have the negative things that these words declare. There are no such things as “idle” words that will not work for or against us. Death or life is in the power of every word we speak. (Prov. 18:21.) Our words can be our most powerful weapon to release the power of God and defeat the devil, or they can become a snare of the devil. (Prov. 6:2.)

Today, watch your words. Refuse to entertain any thoughts of fear, anxiety, or worry about any situation you are facing. Instead, make a conscious effort to speak words that express your faith, trust, and confidence in the Lord.