Any worriers out there?
Come on…admit it. Chances are that you’ve found yourself worrying about something today, and it might even be bothering you now, and could even interrupt your sleep tonight.
What’s the point? In Luke 12:25-26, Jesus is explaining to the disciples their value to God and He says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”.
Guess what? Those words are still true today for you and for me. Knowing that God provides for even the ravens and lilies, why would He not take care of us?
Worry and anxiety can give some people a lingering “spirit of fear” to the point that it controls their lives. The Lord wants us to be free from anything that controls us and keeps us captive. Not only does worry not add a single moment to our lives, but in some cases it can shorten our lives by leading to anxiety or depression, and more physical ailments due to stress and exhaustion.
Maybe you come from a long line of worriers. It was what you observed while growing up and it is how you have proceeded to live. Many times, chronic worriers worry over situations that might not even exist- they just worry about the prospect of something happening and play out every scenario in their heads making things far worse than they really are. This can lead to being overly emotional and sensitive which can destroy trust and relationships.
The definition of a worrier is one who feels or shows fear and concern because they think that something bad has happened or could happen.
On the flip side, the definition of a warrior is a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill.
How do you want the ones you love to remember you? As one who shows fear, or as one who is known for having courage?
How do you leave the worrier behind and become a warrior?
· Release control to God-
o God loves us so much that he takes ALL of our burdens. He gave us authority to walk on anything under our feet. Tell yourself that worry is like a gun being pointed at you by the devil, but that you have a nuclear weapon inside you that can destroy it. That nuclear weapon is God’s word and the Holy Spirit. Be intentional in your effort to replace your worries with Scripture.
· Use positive self-talk-
o You might need to literally talk yourself out of worrying.
o Say things like, “This upcoming family visit will be fine, so I am not going to play out potential conflicts in my head.”
o Or “ I have no control over what she thinks of me. As much as I would like to defend myself, I know that it will exasperate the situation, so I will let it go.”
· Use the POUR method by Beth Moore-
o Pour out your fears to God.
o Ask God to pour into you the fruits of the Spirit (faith being one of them).
o Ask Him to allow His Spirit to pour forth His fruit into others through you.
Our contributor, Kathy, admits to being a chronic worrier in the past and shares how she is overcoming that obstacle in her life.
“I still have my moments of worry but they don’t last long anymore. I think it was when I realized just how much my Heavenly Father loves me that I began to say, ‘I really believe what He says’. When I magnify The Lord, everything else seems small, and when I worry it only pleases the devil.”
So, in the words of that overplayed, but fabulous song from Frozen just “let it go”, and believe what He says, show courage, and be a warrior!
Passages to Ponder:
I Peter 5:6- So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time, He will lift you up in honor.
2 Timothy 1:7- For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Psalm 91:9-11- If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.
Contributors: Karen Bromby, Kathy Derda, Michele Killion, Kim McClure, Shawna Nelson and Kristy Tolley