Please read Philippians 4:1-13 again.

Prayer not only changes things, but it also changes people, and the indwelling Holy Spirit brings calmness to your soul.


Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Our hands are full of today’s problems, why take on tomorrow’s? Much of what we worry about never happens anyway, and when we trust in God, pray and live day by day we will feel His undergirding and strengthening, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

Why worry for our tomorrows when God so graciously supplies our needs today?


Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

  1. Danson Smith said it this way:

“Unto this day God has guarded and guided; Unto this day He has graciously planned: Unto this day He has sweetly provided. Yes, has provided with bountiful hand. Unto this day God has well undertaken; Unto this day He has kept by His grace; Why then should spirit or mind be now shaken? Though future pathways we may not now trace?”


Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”



Philippians 4:1-13

The pressures of our society can be discouraging: competition, money problems, family problems, drugs, sex, tragedies, indifference, violence, terrorism, war and rumors of war, temptations, enticements to do evil, etc.

Life has become more and more difficult. More and more people are struggling with emotional instability. Every age group, social standing, race and income status is affected.

Even Christians are falling to the overwhelming barrage of trials and troubled situations that they must face daily. Does this mean that we must cave in under these circumstances? Must we become victims of our fast-paced society? NO! We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within. We have a living hope, an anchor for our souls. We have the Bible, God’s Word.

Experts tell us that worry originates not from the outside, but from within. It is not the job, schedule or pressure from other people that produce it; rather; it is how we respond to outside pressures that leads to anxiety. When you analyze it carefully and honestly you realize that the responsibility is on you and me to handle worry successfully.  How?


If you tend to worry a lot you are probably trying to solve problems in your own strength. The wise person has learned to trust in God. The psalmist said in 43:5, “Hope thou in God.”  That’s good advice for all of us. Most important – trust in God.


In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul gives us some good advice, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I realize that sometimes we don’t feel like praying, but that is the time to pray. You say, “What’s the use, it won’t do any good anyway – why bother?”

I like what the hymn writer said: O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”



Look at David in Psalm 71:9. “Cast me not off in the time of old age.”

The original could be translated: “Thou wilt not cast me off till the time of old age; and according to the failure of my flesh, thou wilt not forsake me.”

“My expectation of rest and happiness will not be delayed till the time that I shall be an aged man, Thou wilt not withdraw thy presence from me as my flesh decays, and as my natural strength fails me; but, on the contrary, as my outward man decays, my inward man shall be renewed day by day. Remember that it was in David’s old age that the rebellion of Absalom took place. Psalm 71:18, “Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Old and grayheaded.” In verse 9 he mentions the circumstance of old age; here he not only repeats it, but wanted to make a deeper impression in his favor. Though all these things are well known to God, and He certainly does not need our input, yet God says, “Come now, and let us reason together. And when we as his children plead and reason with him, we are acting exactly as he has commanded. Again in verse 18, “Now also when I am old and grey headed, O God, forsake me not.”  Nothing shall make God forsake those who have not forsaken him.  Our fear is lest he should do so; but his promise kisses that fear into silence. “Until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation.” He desired to continue his testimony and complete it; he had respect to the young men and little children about him, and knowing the vast importance of training them in the fear of God, he longed to make them all acquainted with the power of God to support his people, that they also might be led to walk by faith.  He had leaned on the almighty arm, and could speak experimentally of its all sufficiency, and longed to do so ere life came to a close.” Treasury of David

Now here are some wonderful promises on God’s Medicare Program:

  • His Promises are eternal: Young as well as old age.
  • His Strength and Power is ever present. Both now and forever.
  • Our Future is secure as His Word. It is forever settled in heaven.
  • Our care is from beginning to the end. Because He careth for you …

Thank God for His Medicare Program!


Now, let’s look at Isaiah 46:1-4:

  • These were the chief idols of Babylon.
  • Because they were of gold and silver, the Medes and Persians carried them away.
  • They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden in verse 2
  • But, they themselves have gone into captivity.
  • The beasts that carried the idols fell down under their burden.
  • In verse three He shows the difference between the idols and the true God; for they must be carried by others, but God himself carries his, as in Deuteronomy 32:11.
  • And then in verse 4, “since I have begotten you, I will nourish and preserve you forever.”

Isaiah 41:4, “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.”

Isaiah 43:13, 25, “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Psalm 92:14, “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.”

Psalm 102:26-27, “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

Hebrews 1:12, “And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

James 4:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” 



Isaiah 46:1-4

When I turned sixty-five and started on Medicare, I thought I would let my doctor check me over, because I didn’t feel quite right. All those aches and pains annoyed me that I couldn’t sleep at night. He could find no real disorder, but he wouldn’t let it rest. Now that I am on Medicare, he would do a couple of tests. To the hospital he sent me, though I didn’t feel that bad. He arranged for them to give me every test that could be had. I had all kinds of scopes with my aging body displayed.
Lay on an ice-cold table, while my insides were x-rayed. I was checked for swollen ankles and all the likes, for fungus and the bug, while they stuck me with long needles taking samples of my blood. Doctors came to check me over probed and pushed and poked around, and to make sure I was still living they wired me for sound. They have finally concluded their results have filled a page. What I have will someday kill me, my affliction was OLD AGE.

Here is a Medicare patient who had problems driving: Two Medicare elderly women were out driving in a large car-both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself “I must be losing it; I could have sworn we just went through a red light.” After a few more minutes they came to another intersection and the light was red again and again they went right though. This time the woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention to the road and the next intersection to see what was going on. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was definitely red and they went right through and she turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred! Did you know we just ran through three red lights in a row! You could have killed us!” Mildred turned to her and said, “Oh, am I driving?”

Here is another Medicare patient; Mrs. Ward goes to the doctor’s office to collect her husband’s test results. The lab tech says to her, “I’m sorry, ma’am, but there has been a bit of a mix-up and we have a problem. When we sent the samples from your husband to the lab, the samples from another Mr. Ward were sent as well and we are now uncertain which one is your husband’s. Frankly, it is either bad or terrible.” “What do you mean?” Mrs. Ward asked. “Well, one has tested positive for Alzheimer’s and the other for AIDS. We can’t tell which your husband is.” “That’s terrible! Can we do the test over?” questioned Mrs. Ward. “Normally, yes. But Medicare won’t pay for these expensive tests more than once.”  “Well, what am I supposed to do now?”  “The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don’t let him in. Authors Unknown

Now, let’s get serious about what Isaiah had to say about Medicare: This chapter probably has one of the finest illustrations against idolatry found anywhere in the scripture. Babylon was the source of all idolatry in that day. Though they had not yet attained worldwide stature. As a matter of fact they were not even enemies at this time in History. Bel (Baal) and Nebo which means “speaker or prophet,” and both were gods of Babylon.



Now read verse eleven: There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;’

They poured out wine into a sacred vessel. We too will answer to God for what we put in His vessels. For what we hear preached, taught, etc. Don’t use your sacred vessels for feasting with the world.

When they saw the handwriting on the wall they were all scared to death and screaming because of fear. You would fear too if you suddenly saw handwriting on your wall.

When God judges this nation for defiling His sacred vessels the big shot Federal Judges and Mayor’s that perform ungodly same sex weddings will cry out to God out of fear, but will be too late in hell.

Daniel was not at the feast and for that reason they had to go out and find him. Preachers and Christian have no business running around with the worldly drinking and smoking partying crowd.

There is a man in this kingdom. I wonder if we have a man in our kingdom. You are in for a big fight if you try to stop the man of God from preaching the Word of God. No man or organization tells the man of God when or what to preach.

Daniel said first of all, “I will not sit at the king’s table,” and second, “I will not go to the feast of Belshazzar,” and …


Daniel was praying before the decree and he will pray after the decree. Long after the politicians are forgotten the prophets will still be on the scene because there will always be a man of God in the kingdom.

The three Hebrew children said they would rather be in the furnace with Jesus then bow down to the image Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

There is a man in the kingdom because there is a Kingdom in the man.



Verse one: Daniel gives the history of King Belshazzar to show God’s judgments against the wicked for the deliverance of his people, and how the prophecy of Jeremiah was true, that they would be delivered after seventy years.

The kings of the east used to sit alone, and resented any that would sit in their company. Now to show his power, and how little he thought of his enemy, (which surrounded Babylon), made a feast, and used excess in their drinking to the point of drunkenness.

So it is today that the wicked are very lax in morals and negligent, when their destruction is at hand.

Verse two: While Belshazzar drank the wine he commanded them to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father (meaning his grandfather) Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem; (that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink out of them.)

Verse four: They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

In disrespect of the true and living God they praise their idols, not that they thought that the gold and silver were gods, but that there was a certain strength and power in them to do them good.

Verse five: In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Verse six: “Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.” So, here is a king that condemned God just short time before, was moved by this sight to tremble for fear of God’s judgments.

Verse seven: “The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. Then the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon, ‘Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

Verse ten: Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: