Proverbs 31:25 "Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future."

Do not worryProblems caused by worry

  • Nausea
  • Muscular Tension
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Feelings of dread and threat
  • Panic
  • Inability to relax
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs

Worry is meditating on the fears we have picked up from the enemy. Fear always starts as a seed in our mind. Either we can uproot it with God's word or we can dwell on it, hold onto it, act on it, before the next worry comes along, which just makes the previous one stronger. (2 Corinthians 10:4,5) We can build up a mountain of fear, one thought at a time, until we have a real phobia. It will eat away at us, unless we decide that we are going to put a stop to it and fight with all the weapons that God has given us to win victory over it. Any fear that stops us from trusting the one person – Jesus – who wants nothing but good for us (1 John 3:1) is a bondage and needs to be broken in our lives.

Act Now!

Jesus has the answer to every problem, so we do not have to worry and just need to look at the situation through God’s eyes. We may need to undo the learned patterns from our early lives, especially if we are such worriers that we would worry if we didn’t have anything to worry about! We have to learn to obey the command of Jesus: "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

God's powerKeys to rooting out worry once and for all

  • Take hold of the "worried thought" the moment it enters your head and do not allow any time to think it over so that it can take root there. (Matthew 6:31)
  • We can decide what our thoughts will be and can change them in a split second by just speaking out God's word until faith rises up in our heart to change our thinking, so that it no longer conforms to the pressures of the non-spiritual world around us or the experiences of our past. We really can think differently. (Romans 12:2)
  • Bring the worry out into the open as this often removes its power. (1 John l:5,7) Share it with someone who will give you godly advice and ask them to pray you through to victory.
  • Worries are rooted in lies so, when they are hidden, they are more able to bind the worrier. What a friend we have in Jesus. We can share everything with Him. (John 15:15)
  • Look for ways to face up to the worry and deal with it. “For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • "Always think on things that are pure, lovely and true." (Philippians 4:8) If this does not come easily, have positive things to thank God for, written down and easily accessible.

We have to stand up and say: “I am going to get my thinking cleared up. I am going to get my mind sorted. I am going to believe in everything that my Father says about me and I am going to think about myself that way. No one is going to control me, or make me feel bad. I am totally responsible and accountable to God for all my thoughts, so no one is going to put me down and no one is going to stop me from receiving God's best.” When you make that kind of decision, with that fighting attitude, you are well on the way to overcoming all the plans of the enemy and Satan will have to flee. (James 4:7)

As we come to understand, more and more, the incredible and unconditional love that our God has for us, we can begin to realise that, “perfect love turns fear out of doors, and expels every trace of terror”. (1 John 4:18 AMP) So you see, it’s that unconditional, perfect love, that "agape" love of God that casts out fear. We cannot have that type of love without God’s help. Humanly speaking, it’s impossible! But, as we seek the Lord and expect Him to show us His loving ways, we begin to understand that we can trust Him with everything. Sometimes we need to surrender ourselves to God and be willing to let go of our desire to control everything. That may sound difficult, but “God’s ways are not our ways” (Isaiah 55:8) and, in that "letting go", there is a wonderful freedom and peace. Focus on His amazing love seen in the cross. We need God’s kind of love as a vital necessity of life. As and when we seek the Lord, He hears us and, as Psalm 34:4 says, “He delivers me from all my fears.”

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