30 May 2011

Don't Worry About It!

Are you a worrywart? I do not mean being concerned about things, but obsessively, and over even the smallest things, worry so much that it just ruins your day? Here’s a thought… if we allow this, we’re actually being disobedient to Jesus. He said, “don’t worry about everyday life” [Matthew 6:25] and He asks if all our worries add a single moment to our life? [Matthew 6:27].

I believe that worry demonstrates a lack of faith and trust in God to take care of us, like the Bible says He promises. Worry is not a fruit of The Holy Spirit. It is a weapon, a stronghold, of Satan. All he needs is just the smallest little crack and he’s in. Before you realize what’s happening, worry takes over. If it’s not exterminated, it breeds, and real quick, you have a serious infestation.

For example, a mouse needs a small hole to get in. If s/he can fit its head through, it can squeeze the rest of its body in. Once it’s in, if it finds a favorable spot, it nests. Then the mate moves in and they start a family. If they’re not exterminated, they continue to breed and the whole place is infested with these rodents.

So how do you stop worry from controlling your thoughts? Here’s what the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians: [chapter 4, verses 6-8]
Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.

We take preventative measure to keep invaders out of the house. So also we need to take precautions to keep Satan and his vermin from invading our “house” – our thoughts and our hearts. Pray. Keep yourself saturated in God’s word, the Bible. Ask others to pray for you; fellowship with other believers. Seek counsel from your pastor or deacons. Just don’t let it go out of control! Exterminate it before it breeds.

Matthew 6:25-34 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
25“So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26“Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27“Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? 28“And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. 29But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers. 30That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith? 31“Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. 33But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. 34“So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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