19 "Don't keep hoarding for yourselves earthly treasures that can be stolen by thieves. Material wealth eventually rusts, decays, and loses its value. 20 Instead, stockpile heavenly treasures for yourselves that cannot be stolen and will never rust, decay, or lose their value. 21 For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure.
"22 The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into your being. If your heart is unclouded, the light flood in! 23 But if your eyes are focused on money, the light cannot penetrate and darkness takes its place. How profound will be the darkness within you if the light of truth cannot enter!
"24 How could you worship two gods at the same time? You will have to hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't worship the true God while enslaved to the god of money!
25 This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing - everything your body needs. Isn't there more to your life than a meal? Isn't your body more than clothing?
"26 Look at all the bird - do you think they worry about their existence? They don't plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren't you much more valuable to your Father than they? 27 So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?
"28 And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don't work or toil 29 and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these! 30 So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won;t he provide for you the clothes you need - even though you live with such little faith?
"31 So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' 32 For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn't your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
"33 So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God's kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him.. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. 34 Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself." (Passion Translation)
1 " God, you're such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You're a proven help in time of trouble - more than enough and always available whenever I need you. 2 So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. 3 For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you.
4 "God has a constantly flowing river whose sparking streams bring joy and delight to his people. His river flows right through the city of God Most High, into his holy dwelling places. 5 God is in the midst of his city, secure and never shaken. At daybreak his help will be seen with the appearing of the dawn. 6 When the nations are in uproar with their tottering kingdoms, God simply raises his voice and the earth begins to disintegrate before him. 7 Here he comes! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side. The God of Jacob fights for us!
8-9 "Everyone look! Come and see the breathtaking wonders of our God. For he brings both ruin and revival. He's the one who makes conflicts end throughout the earth, breaking and burning every weapon of war. 10 Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth , 11 Here he stands! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side! The God of Jacob fights for us!" (Passion Translation)