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More Thoughts on Worry

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life (Luke 12:22).

Faith and worry are opposed to each other. You cannot experience the presence of one without an absence of the other. Of course, you know which one you need and which one you don’t!

Jesus gave commandment concerning not worrying. At the same time, He emphasized trusting God. (Luke 12:23-31). In another passage, He instructed His disciples to have faith in God (Mark 11:22).

Therefore, it can be safely concluded that the will of God concerning faith and worry is that you do have faith and that you don’t worry! Thus, there should be personal, earnest effort to make that a reality!

Realize a couple of important, interesting things about worry.

First, it never rests. Worry is continuous. It is always relevant. You can always find something to worry about! Just when you find rest and peace about something (finances, relationships, etc.), there is something new for you to worry about. Worry never rests and if you don’t get the victory over it, worry will continue to haunt you!

Second, it is not accurate. The end result rarely reaches the level of worry that preceded it. The things you were worried about do not end up being as bad as you thought they were going to be! Therefore you must react with understanding when you are worrying. Realize that worry is often irrational (“blown out of proportion”).

The fundamental problem with worry is its focus. With worry, the focus is upon everything that is (or could be) wrong. For the Christian, there must be a shift of focus. There is a need for faith. With faith, the focus is upon God and what He is going to do about everything that is (or could be) wrong!

Naturally, the transition from worry to faith is accomplished by prayer. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God-Philippians 4:6.
Trading Worry for Faith
Micah Perry

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Apr.13, 2014