Are you a worrier?
You know the old saying, don’t you? “Worry is like a rocking chair. It keeps you moving, but gets you now where.” Let me tell you worry does get you places…but places you don’t want to go!
I think all of us have been there to one degree or another. Some of have made a life time “business” from worry, while for some it is easy to turn loose of things, like water rolling off a ducks back. These that let their worries roll off them seem to be far and few between in my experience. This is rather sad, we are missing out on a great deal of life and the treasures the Lord wants us to experience and enjoy in Him.
We are told in Scripture to not worry.
Philippians 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
Luke 10:38-42 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Matthew 6:25 (KJV)
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Matthew 6:31 (KJV)
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6:33-34 (Amplifed Bible)
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. 34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Psalms 55:22 (KJV)
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalms 56:3-4 (KJV)
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
I have given several verse here that god has expressed to us not to worry. These are familiar scriptures and that is why I used them, but there are many, many more.
*Now I’d like to share a few things I recently read, but not finish with it…
**If you remember nothing else remember this; Truth, the Word of God, is the antidote with more power to rid ones self of worry.
Worry doesn’t prevent things from happening. It prevents from the full life God intends for us to live. Anxiety creates more problems.
Worry can be a habit or even a way of life.
I like this one…WORRY IS LIKE A ‘LAY’S’ POTATO CHIP~YOU JUST CAN’T STOP AT ONE!
Worry poisons our joy and ultimately robs us of all joy and peace.
Worry will destroy the thought life…What you put into your mind your being will show forth…We will begin to give thought to hopelessness. The analogy was given about Eeyore, the sad little donkey from Winnie the Pooh…Negative thoughts will consume you.
Why are we commanded not to fear?
Where there is fear there is no faith.
1 John 4:18 (Amplified Bible)
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].
What is fear or dread? It is worry!
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) With worry we can not “draw near to God.” (James 4:8) Nor can we receive the comfort or direction of God. (Psalms 25:5 Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long. Psalms 61:2 …when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].)
I want to leave you another thought.
Many get CONCERN and WORRY mixed up.
WORRY: is usually unfounded – CONCERN: involves a legitimate threat
WORRY: is generalized – CONCERN: is specific
WORRY: obsesses about the problem – CONCERN: addresses the problem
WORRY: creates more problems – CONCERN: solves problems
WORRY: looks to self or other people for help – CONCERN: looks to God for answers
Worry is allowing problems to come between us and the heart of God. It is a view we have developed that some how God has lost control of the situation and we cannot trust Him.
A legitimate concern draws us closer to the heart of God and causes us to lean and trust on Him all the more.
Concern draws us to God. Worry pulls us from Him. (Oswald Chambers)
*NOTE: Many of these thoughts have come for a book I have been reading, I am not through with it; “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.
Leaving you with the verse I started with, this verse has the key elements in overcoming worry. I am trusting to visit with you about this later.
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Lord bless you.