Worry Not!

By temperament, I am dominantly Phlegmatic, and one of the downsides is that I am a natural worrier. I tend to worry about the minutest things. Every day, one of the ways I know God is at work in me is that He brings my worry weakness under control. As I write I remember how I worried as a university student several years ago that I never seemed to put on weight. So worried was I that it came up in a conversation with my mentor. His response to me was, ‘Eloho, you must learn not to worry about things you cannot change’. That was very instrumental to me as it gave me a basis to initiate behavioral changes. I am still unable to add on any weight now, but my attitude is much different. I have however gone ahead to modify his advice a little, ‘Eloho, you must not worry at all’. As a believer, worry is disobedience because Jesus clearly says, ‘Worry Not!’

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In my opinion, after procrastination and indecision, worry is probably one of the biggest thieves of time; and a thief of time is a thief of destiny. In Matthew 6:25-34, three times in that short passage Jesus commanded, “Do not worry!”, and the way He said it shows the comprehensiveness of His charge. In verse 25 He acknowledges worry as a common practice and says, “Stop worrying!” In verses 31 and 34, He uses the same word, but in a way that means “Don’t even start worrying.” To continue worrying about anything, or to start worrying in the first place, is to violate the Lord’s command. Just as fear is contrary to faith, worry is absolutely contrary to faith in Christ and without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.

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If I believe God can redeem me eternally why can’t I trust Him for day to day stuff? Worry is such a subtle sin; you can worry about not praying enough for hours, but that is all it is. Worry. You still haven’t prayed! Worry often appears as though you are solving the problem, but you are not even praying or talking to God or making progress when you worry, rather you have only compounded the existing problem. Worry can inspire foolish life decisions and incur painful consequences in addition to the problem that inspired the worry to start with.

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But even worse, Worry says, “God, I just don’t think I can trust you.”  And by worrying I strike a blow at the person and character of God. It’s like giving a flowery speech about my boss, appraising him highly and yet failing to escalate matters to him when I’m overwhelmed. It diminishes my testimony about my boss in the first place.

Worry also means I don’t believe the scriptures I read. You can’t believe the Bible and still worry.

Worrying makes my circumstances my master instead of the truth of God’s word. 

When I worry, I do not trust my Heavenly Father. Seeing God’s track record in Scripture and in my life assures me that worry is needless.

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If you keep a Grateful Journal or some record of God’s acts in your life, they will provide a support for you when you are tempted to worry. Check my blog about gratitude here. Don’t forget to remember!

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God has an expected end for you, it may not be what you expect, but trust Him it is best for you.  In his song, ‘You are Good’ on  his album ‘Greater Than,’ Tye Tribbet said, ‘What I am going through may not be good to me, but it is good for me because I know that ALL things work together for my good.’

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Say no to worry today. God has given us the glorious gift of TODAY. Trust God and live in faith. That is the only way to please God. Faith helps you see that God has an expected end for you, a promise backed by His integrity. Like United States Treasury Bills are backed by the integrity of the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States and are considered nearly risk free, so is God’s word over you. Find it, speak it and superimpose it over every contradiction of life. Whose report will you believe???  WORRY NOT!

Blessings!

@eloxie

 

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30 comments

  1. Word! God bless you for this post, hon. Matter of fact, I think worry is worse than procrastination and indecision, cos worry is often the root cause for both. May the Lord help us to see Him in His fullness and rest in His abounding sufficiency. God bless you big! xx

  2. I totally agree with u Eloho. When you don’t forget to remember His faithfulness, u’re always going to remain thankful & more trusting. To stay full of God and not fall into the tempation of worry is to magnify God above all conditions & circumsatnces. Believing He is able and just to do more than we can imagine. This requires a deliberate and conscious effort from us. We can do..through Him

    1. Exactly, thanks so much for this…”To stay full of God and not fall into the tempation of worry is to magnify God above all conditions & circumstances”. That is so true. God bless you.

  3. Worry is the exact opposite of Faith. It’s really undermines our belief and confessions.
    I used to have this unnecessary obsession about my parent and sisters before now until my recent surrendering of their safety with God according to his words in Proverbs 3:5-6.
    I have renewed confidence everyday and the peace that all is well.

  4. “You can’t believe the Bible and still worry”
    That’s just it. There’s no worry where there’s no faith
    But then I start worrying that I don’t have faith!
    Arghh! Back in that worry circle again!

    1. Lool! I so feel you, Naijawife! It happens like that when we are focussed on our faith or the lack thereof. Whereas, the Bible says “…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith”. I like how the NLT translates it as “…on Whom our faith depends from start to finish”. If we are focussing on Jesus, faith is a natural product, not a function of self-determination or deliberate decision 🙂

      1. Thanks Sophie Neeze, this right here was a word for me….’If we are focusing on Jesus, faith is a natural product, not a function of self-determination or a deliberate decision’. I totally agree.

    2. I feel you dear NW, it could easily become the worry cycle all again but like Sophie Neezesaid, If we are focusing on Jesus, faith is a natural product, not a function of self-determination or deliberate decision. So one thing is needed, we just decide to need to focus on Jesus. End of story. 🙂

  5. “Worry is such a subtle sin; you can worry about not praying enough for hours, but that is all it is. Worry. You still haven’t prayed!”

    The Lord went into my heart and laid the response in yours. I’m also a worrier by old nature but everyday God is teaching me (as He has with this post), that my worrying changes NOTHING. At all.

    1. So glad this spoke to you. Prayer changes things, faith changes things. Expend time on those and quit worrying about what you cannot change. Hand them over to God, He alone can change them.

    1. Yes dear, you shall not worry. AMEN. It’s actually just a tick under the comment box. Will subscribe for you now.

  6. There are some facts that cammot change. Whenever I find myself worrying I knock them back into my head. 1. God loves me. 2. He has a plan for me. 3. He has my name tattoed in the palm of his hands so he can’t forget me. Thank God for his spirit that reminds me of this things else I would worry myself needlessly and sin in the process. Like you said its all about trusting God. When we have this unbroken trust in him we would not let worry steal our joy and time. A good reminder, thank you for the piece and for stopping by my blog earlier.

  7. There are some facts that cannot change. Whenever I find myself worrying I simply knock them back into my head. 1. God loves me. 2. He has a plan for me.3. He has my name tattoed in the palm of his hands. Which means he cannot forget me. Thank God for the holyspirit that reminds me of these things else I would worry needlessly and sin as well. Like you said its all about trusting him,when we have this unbroken trust in him, we will not let worry steal our joy and time. Lovely piece thank you for the reminder. Thank you for also stopping by blog earlier.

    1. Exactly…
      So for all worriers out there, here’s 3 things to never forget
      1. God loves you. 2. He has a plan for you.3. He has you name tattoed in the palm of his hands.
      Thanks so much dear.
      God bless you

  8. A trick to prevent or cure worrying is to write down what u are worried about and the worst possible thing that could happen. Then decide to bear it. If u can’t bear it, is it something u can change, pray about, get help with? I learned this long ago from an author I can’t rem and it works for me.

    1. Very very wise tip sis, thank you so much for sharing. Sometimes, just trying to identify and write them down makes one see how needless worrying really is. God bless you.

  9. The serenity prayer usually comes to my mind when realize I’m in worry mode. Sometimes I comply lol!
    Many times I remember just how pointless it is to worry, for truly, God is actually more interested in our success than we can ever be and only He can get us there. Good word Loxie, loff ya!

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