It was the last situation on my mind as I drifted off to sleep and the first one that filled my consciousness when I awoke.
Worry. The ultimate thief.
The Bible tells us not to be anxious about anything. Seriously? Nothing? Most of us find that next to impossible.
One writer says most Christians step out of bed and immediately reach for their backpack filled with anxiety. Then they walk around, loaded down with the weight of the world, unaware of the many harmful effects.
Worry is a terrible habit that doesn’t solve a single problem. It drains our energy and leaves us in a state of unrest, stealing our peace, joy, and hope. Worry leads to fear and can affect our health and our relationships.
Some people even become anxious when they have nothing to worry about. It can become an addiction.
I heard the statment recently that worry is illegal in the kingdom of God. So, what’s the answer? These are the things that have worked in my life:
- Staying in constant communication with God.
- Praising and being thankful instead of complaining and constantly rehashing the problems.
- Speaking God’s promises instead of my own negative thoughts.
- Keeping my focus on Him rather than my problems.
- Trusting Him no matter what, knowing He is working all things together for my good.
- Letting go of every situation I can’t fix or control.
- Casting all my care on Him, and then walking in the peace that surpasses human comprehension.
Worrying less means praying more. But it’s a choice. God doesn’t want us to stop caring, He just wants us to trust Him for the outcome.
Are you willing to trust God and stop worrying?
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