Thank you for saving us, loving us, protecting us, thank you for all that you have done in our lives up until now. Your peace that surpasses all understanding, comforts me in times of trials and tribulations to know that it is but for a moment. Every tough time isn’t permanent and the same way it has a beginning is the same way it will have an end. I am assured in your presence and will continue on this journey, casting all my cares upon you because you care for us. In your mighty name we pray. Amen
‘DONT LET WORRY OR FEAR, ROB YOU OFF THE GREATNESS IN YOU.’ GOD
Today I will be discussing in this two part series on worry. Many of us can relate to this as times get hard, things don’t go to plan and we can find ourselves worrying for what is ahead, if the current is not going to plan. Forgetting that God has gone ahead of us and has everything under control, we shouldn’t let the things of this world and the flesh dictates to us what to do and how to do it. We must rise up speak to those circumstances and command it to bow, and refuse to let it take our peace.
So what is worry in its simplest form-
‘To think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened. To make someone feel unhappy and frightened because of problems or unpleasant things that might happen.’
This definition clearly states the affect of worry, in a negative way, to make you come up with scenarios that may never happen, to make you feel unhappy and when unhappy you cannot produce your best because you are operating from a place of fear and worry. As humans we will worry, that is why Yeshua taught about this in the bible. It was a big enough deal to address to us and why we shouldn’t worry.
We shouldn’t allow worry dictate to us, or make us act hastily to what is before us. We must know that when worry comes we pray over it and ask for God to intervene, rather than act on and make decisions based on worry.
I will be using Matthew 6:25-34 as my point of reference in terms of worry.
In this part of Matthew 6 Yeshua was teaching about worry. That in itself shows us that He knew though we were believers, things in life would happen that would cause us to panic and worry. So His teaching was to redirect our ways to know how to manage the worry when it comes, but not to dwell in it.
As I mentioned before, as imperfect human beings, worry will happen but the word tells us to not become drained by thinking and worrying about our everyday lives. Because God has made sure ahead of time that we will be covered, provided for and watched over.
Food, drink, what we wear all these things shouldn’t be our focus of worry. But to be encouraged to know that our God, who created us, has everything under control and will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. (And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus – Phil 4:19).
‘Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?’ To me when I read this particular question, I saw it as one of those rhetorical questions that don’t need an answer, but a reflective response to ensure that one has thought and meditated on this enough to know that most of the time, the things we think and dwell on do not need to be thought off and worried over. Because life is more than those things and it is what you don’t see that is permanent.
‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.’
I wondered why God would link this to birds; this goes to show that every detail God has it covered, from living things to things we see around for daily use, everything is covered in His plans. The birds aren’t like humans to navigate and act like we do in all manner of life, from food to storage etc. But our Father makes provision for them to eat, so why must we question and worry what we eat and day to day?
Don’t let what you see make your faith waiver in God or cause you to be negative, because He is forever in control and not just in good but on the bad days too. There is always something to learn and take away from all this, but it is never to dwell in worry and think that is okay because worrying won’t change anything.
And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
God sees as more valuable and precious in His sight, and so when we know all the above and pray with it, there should be a shift that takes place, to say no to worry and yes to trusting by faith because once God has said it He will surely do it. Why then must we take on the baggage of worrying about something God already knows? and has gone ahead of us to take care of it? We need to be intimate in the word and pray to have the faith and renewed mind to combat what comes our way, in the form of worry and fear, because those are not of God. They are distractions to remove your focus from God to the situation.
Don’t let fear rob you of your joy
Part two to follow...