Help to Stop Worrying

Even with the assurance of God’s presence in our lives, I’m sure you’ll agree that worry and worrying still need to be addressed—and conquered and obliterated. Because worry is an affront to God and is counterproductive to you as a person, wouldn’t you think that Christians would at least want to banish this activity in their lives forever? After all, God’s care of us is constant. And we possess a plethora of promises from Him that He will take care of every facet of our lives.

Even then, sad to say, most Christians (and that includes me) have serious and frequent bouts of worry. There are plenty of opportunities to turn on the worry machine! So how can a woman who wants “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) break the worry habit and choose not to be anxious?

God’s command—

“Be anxious for nothing.” The original Greek word used here for “anxious” describes being pulled in different directions. The way the apostle Paul used this phrase, Be Anxious for nothing” meant to stop a practice that has been going on habitually.

God’s cure—

“In everything by prayer and supplication with thanskgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” The cure to worry? Believing prayer. The apostle Paul gives specific details of how prayer is used to squelch worry.

Prayer:this speaks of adoration addressed to God as an act of worship.
Supplication: this comes from a word that means to humbly ask for ones’ personal needs.
Thanksgiving:this refers to expressing appreciation and gratitude.
Requests: this emphasizes specific requests versus asking in generalities.

The consequence—

“The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Whew—at last! We can exhale now. Peace is ours.

As you are faithful to pray and cast your cares upon Jesus, He provides assuring peace. His peace is powerful, like a sentinel who stands guard and patrols in front of your hearts, door, keeping worry out. This peace does not mean an absence of trials in your life. But it does mean you experience a quiet confidence in your spirit regardless of whatever difficult circumstances, people, or event you are facing.

RESPOND

Dear God, please help me redeem any anxious thoughts by using them as reminders to pray. I want to honor You by trusting You always. Amen.

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REFLECT

What do I most commonly worry about? Do I pray about this issue as often as I worry about it?

REMEMBER

Peace does not mean an absence of trials in your life. Peace is the presence of Christ.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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