Category Archives: Promises of God

Overcoming Worry

From Merriam-Webstermental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated ANXIETY

Often in my life the distress that is the fruit of worry results from those things anticipated rather than necessarily “impending.” It is perhaps the most personally damaging sin I have to deal with in my life these days. The good news is that there is a solution to the problem written in the sacred pages of scripture: JUST STOP IT.

Many years ago, a mentor of mine was talking with a friend about a problem area in his life he could not seem to gain victory over. My mentor friend looked him in the eye and simply emphatically stated “just stop it!” No psychobabble, formulas or book recommendations — just stop it. If you really don’t want to engage in something, then don’t. I believe that is exactly what Jesus is telling us in Matthew, where the subject comes up more than once, to be certain.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34 NIV

Jesus knew that worry is an effective hindrance to living as God’s Word instructs us to live. We can do little for His kingdom if we are mired down in worldly concerns — about which we can do little, anyway. Consider Matthew 13:22…

The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. -Matthew 13:22 NIV

Through all of our anxieties and fears, there is a path to peace. Real peace…

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:4-7 ESV

Keeping the right attitude.

Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 TLB

It’s good to remember Who is always with us — whatever we must go through. People who we rely on for encouragement and support may not always be there when we need them, but our Heavenly Father is without fail! We can depend on Him.

“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. -Jeremiah 17:7‭-‬8 MSG

How important to invest in our faith and keep our ultimate confidence in Him!

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
-Mark 9:23 ESV

He is a God of infinite possibilities if we live in accordance with His will.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. -Philippians 4:13 KJV

Strength ultimately must come from the Source of all life Himself!