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Friday, August 21, 2015

Four Things That Will Help Stop Worry In My Life

In review of 1 Peter 5:7 it says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

Bottom Line:
God cares about you, so give your worries to him.

What this means to me:
I am to give all of my worries and anxiety to him, he cares deeply about me.

I’m thinking that it will take a lot more than willpower in order for me to stop worrying. I know this because I’ve already tried it. Still times come when I think “I shouldn’t worry about this,” and yet I do still worrying about it.

What I’m learning is that It’s going to take more than sheer willpower to stop worrying. Here are four things I can do:

First, continue getting to know God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:32, “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things” (MSG). I have a heavenly Father who has promised to take care of me. I am God’s child, and his children get special privileges. When I worry, God says, “You’re my child. Why are you acting like an orphan?”

Second, I am to put God first in every area of my life. Matthew 6:31-33 says, “Don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing …. Your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (TLB). Any time you take God out of the center of your life and put anything else there, no matter how good it is; you’re going to worry.

Thirdly, live one day at a time. The Bible says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Mathew 6:34 NCV). Worrying about tomorrow, keeps me from enjoying today. I can end up missing today’s blessings. It is OK to plan for tomorrow, but I also need to live for today. Also, if I’m constantly worried about tomorrow, the future will seem overwhelming. God will give me the grace and strength I need when I get there. Right now, I only need enough power for today.

Lastly, trust God to care. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). How can I do that? One way is to memorize God’s promises. They’re like insurance policies for believers. When I know something’s covered, I don’t worry about it anymore. Another way is to pray. If I prayed as much as I worried, I’d have a lot less to worry about.

If I can follow these four steps, I have the ability to experience an incredible peace of mind as stated in Philippians 4:7a: “You will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand” (4:7a TLB).

In summary, God really cares about me, so I should give him my worries. Today Father, I admit that I often forget that you are with me. I often forget what you’re like. Would you please forgive me for that? I need to get to know you better. I need to get to know your Word and your promises better. Help me to put you first in every area of my life. Help me to live one day at a time. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but instead focus on what you’re doing in my life right now. I want to trust in your promise to take care of every one of my needs, whether it be financial, relational, physical, social, spiritual, or emotional. Help me to trust you more and worry less. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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