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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WORRY 101

It does not take much effort to worry. We probably all do it but should we and how do you stop worrying? We worry about dying, loss of jobs, our children, our future,our adult children's future, having enough money, bad weather, airplane or car crashes, terrorism, fires, stock market crash, saying the wrong things that we can not take back, getting old, getting robbed, going blind or deaf, not being successful, getting hired, messing up on something that someone is counting on you for, tests in school, people not liking us, health issues and a myriad of other things.

In John 14:27 it says " Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." It takes discipline to not worry. You need to consciously focus on other things and realize  you are not going to change a situation by fretting over it. There is not one thing you can do by sitting and stewing over something that is out of your control. You only make the enemy happy as he has disabled you and made you an ineffective witness and he has gotten you sick at heart over things that you should be turning over to God.

Matthew 6:27 says "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" It is just not going to happen. You can make yourself mentally sick trying to reason, ponder and do the 'what if" game. It does no good so you need to attempt to practice the discipline of right thinking and trusting God to overcome this area. Believe me, if we are honest there is no one out there who is not somewhat of a worrywart. In the Bible in Mark 4:19 it says that "but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful." Picture that. A huge vine or weedy vine choking out other plants. That is what worry is like. Imagine worry is a cancer or a weed and is out to tear you apart. Try your best to resist the urge to let it control you.

Worry will cause you to be tormented. Just realize you can not change things. You have to turn your problems over to the Lord. Get your mind on something else. Realize your anxious spirit can not do one thing.

"Cast  your care on him for he cares for you."(See 1 Peter 5:7) To cast means to throw. So throw your worries on God. He wants to bear your burdens for you.

There will always will be something to make you concerned and give you justification for thinking your worry can change the course of things. That is impossible. God wants to set you free from this if only you will call on him and let him.

You are disabled for the Lord if you are drug into a worry pit. You can not have victory. Make up your mind now to trust God and give him your cares. Psalm 68:19 says "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens."

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for being there and listening to us when we cry out to you. I know you love me and I need to trust you to work out things in my life without starting to get concerned over every little detail. Forgive me for not trusting you more and for trying to take matters into my own hands. In Jesus Name, Amen!

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