Claiming victory over worry

Worry is a big deal to Jesus, you’d better believe it! Just as parents don’t want their children to worry, Father-God doesn’t want His children to worry. I know worry’s a big deal to God because first of all, He loves us intensely. It hurts Him when those in relationship with Him are hurting, and He knows that when we are consumed with worry, we hurt. And secondly, when we worry it’s an indicator of a lack of faith. In fact, worry and faith are opposites. God wants us to trust Him. Truth is, it’s impossible to trust and worry simultaneously.

Sounds intellectually spot on, right? But practically speaking, how can we not worry?

When cancer hits, when those we love are in trouble, when the check doesn’t come, when the bills need paying, and when there’s no answer to the problem . . . we fill our head and heart with worry.

I’ve discovered that worry is a time-waster, useless, and of the devil. We must become proactive in banishing it as a negative and often daily pastime. I truly want to walk in faith, and I certainly don’t like what worry does to me, so here’s my commitment:

I choose not to worry. Yep, right here and now I am recognizing that I do have a choice and I am going to make the choice not to worry. I am going to grab hold of my mind and state with my mouth, “I am a woman of faith and I choose not to worry.”

I choose to trust Jesus. At the same moment I choose to not worry, I choose to  trust Jesus. I know I must fill that, “void of not worrying,” with flowing and  functioning trust.

I choose to obey Jesus. If I am obedient to His commands, then I will refuse to  allow worry to fill my mind.

In Matthew 6:25-34 we read the command of Jesus three times; “Do not worry.” Sisters, worry is built into our nurturing frameworks. Personally, it’s so tempting to worry over the sorrows of yesterday, the anxieties of today, and the apprehensions of tomorrow. But to honor Jesus we must become proactive in not worrying. Why not join me in speaking directly to the source of worry . . .

Devil, I am not biting and feasting on your scheming to set me to worrying. I am choosing instead to trust my Father Who has everything under control.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)