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How To Stop Worrying

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How To Stop Worrying

Worry! A word you may not think about often but it’s certainly a word that many of us experience on a daily basis. Worry has the ability to make you sick, lose sleep, and become a nervous wreck. But what it needs from you to carry out its hideous plan is your blessing.

Sure we don’t think just because we are worrying about something that it’s because we gave it the right to haunt us, but it’s true. God’s word tells us 365 times in the bible to “fear not”. It sounds like it is probably an important fact God wants us to understand because He mentions it so much!

The truth about worry and fear is very clear. Worry is not of God, goes against His teachings, and is a sin. Yes, a sin!

Why? When we don’t believe the words and commandments God has left for us concerning worry and fear, it’s like saying God is a liar. Here is one scripture that lets us know it’s a commandment.

Joshua 1:9

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.

Another fact about worry is that it opens the door for Satan to come in and attack you with even more illness and struggles.

But, don’t be discouraged because information on How to trust and give your worries to God is coming up!

Does Worry Change Anything?

When you worry it never changes the outcome of what you are worrying about. It absolutely changes nothing, except inside you! You are the one that suffers, not the person or situation you are worried about.

In fact, nothing is gained by worrying at all. The situation doesn’t change or the sickness isn’t gone. It’s a waste of time and energy!

If you are the real compassionate type you probably find yourself always trying to “fix” things for yourself and others. News flash…You – Can’t – Fix – It – All!

The good news is you don’t have to. Remember those scriptures where Jesus says to cast your cares and burdens on me for my yoke is easy and my burden light?

Worried or Concerned – Is There a Difference?

Are you a person who feels worrying can prevent problems down the road, or it can give you solutions to problems? Do you think worrying will help you “figure it all out”?

Writing down thoughts on how to deal with some problems is not the same as stressing incessantly over them. If there is something you can do to change the situation I think God expects you to do so. Especially if it lines up with His purpose.

Sometimes it’s helpful to write down what’s troubling you and present it to God in prayer time. There is nothing wrong with telling God what you are concerned about, but once you pray for God’s guidance and help, it’s important to leave it all at the altar and trust Him explicitly.

Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now

The second step (the first being prayer) is casting down all thoughts that are contrary to what God’s word says. In order to do this, there are some things you need to stop doing immediately.

  • Stop thinking about what “might” happen. The bible says don’t worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34.
  • Stop feeling helpless. Christian have access to ALL POWER!
  • Stop taking responsibility for things outside your control. We aren’t to blame for everything that happens to us, friends, and family, so don’t take responsibility. This is where the “fix it” mentality comes in.
  • Stop mentally going over things gone wrong and think about all the things that have gone right! Counting your blessings is a surefire way to build up your trust in God and stop fear and worry.

How Do I Give God My Worries & Trust Him?

LEAVE IT ALL AT THE ALTAR

Leave it All At The Altar

This is the part where many Christians have trouble in their daily lives. You could ask yourself why it’s so easy to trust Him for our salvation but when it comes to everything else we waiver in our faith. Salvation is a much bigger deal than anything we will experience down here on earth, so we should have complete confidence in God being able.

Those of you who have read other blog posts here know that I talk about the time and effort that goes into having an intimate relationship with Jesus. I’m not talking about hours per day but maybe 30 minutes to an hour per day just studying and talking to God.

If you can do more, even better. This doesn’t even have to be done all at once. You can talk to God all day long while doing the laundry or driving to and from work.

As your walk with God grows you will realize one day that if part of the bible is true and works, then all of it does! What a revelation. God says His word does not go forth without accomplishing that for which it was sent. This means when you quote and send the word audibly into the world that pertains to worry, or anything else, His word will do what He says it will do. Here is an example.

If I’m having an asthma attack I would say out loud. “Thank you, Jesus your word says that by your stripes I am healed. Not will be healed, but am healed. Thank you, Jesus, for my healing. I take what you have offered me as a free gift and give you the glory”.

By saying God’s word out loud it strengthens my faith and lets Satan know that he has no right to try and make me sick. God’s word goes forth and performs what He promised.

The bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. This means when I physically hear God’s word being said it gives me faith! Praise God!

Read The Bible Outloud

Some True To Life Examples Of What To Do With Worry

So let’s break this down so you can stop that destructive worrying pattern. Here is a great example to confess concerning worry.

It’s two in the morning and you are worried about your spouse, or how you are going to pay all the bills before the end of the month. When this happens you need to stop right then and go to God in prayer. Tell him everything, and I mean everything that is worrying you, and once you have told him all it’s time to pray.

Ask God to give you wisdom and knowledge for the things you can possibly do to help, but let Him know that if there is nothing you can do that you trust Him completely. Sometimes it’s better if we do nothing and just “Let Go & Let God”.

Praise Him for how He is able to conquer these problems and show the world He is the almighty powerful God right now, just as He was years go when he parted the red sea!

Oh Boy! I’m Getting excited now. How about you?

Next, get your bible and read out loud some of the scriptures concerning worry and fear. Keep some marked in your bible so you know exactly where to find them when worry strikes. You can paraphrase the scriptures to be more personal. I have made the two following scriptures more personal to show you how easy it is to confess God’s word and send it forth out into the world.

God, I’ve told you everything and I thank you for what you are doing. I know I now have your peace which the world can’t understand. Thank you for guarding my heart and mind.

I trust you Lord with all my heart and worries. I promise I won’t try and figure this out with my own understanding. Lord, I trust and seek you and know you will show me the right path.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Worry In A Nutshell

Earlier today I was walking in my pasture simply talking to God. He had already told me to write on this subject and so I started my research as I usually do but today was different. Suddenly I felt I should ask God what He would like me to say about worry.

There was no long message from God or even anything that sounded spiritual. He merely said tell them: Don’t Do It!

Well, that was short and to the point but I appreciate His answer. Just don’t do it. Everything in life is a choice and it’s the same with worry. When worry tries to creep into your mind it’s up to you to make yourself think about other things.

Think about all the things God has done for you, or something your grandchildren have done. Enjoy the great memories of your past and reflect on those. It’s your choice to worry or not worry, but if you want all that God has to offer then I’d choose – “Don’t Do It”!

May God bless and keep you!

Scriptures For Worry And Fear

Matthew 6:25

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:34

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Joshua 1:9

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalm 55:22

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Psalm 34:4

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.

I Peter 5:6-7

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

John 14:27

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

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