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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Are You Worried?

By Gillian Mc Donald

With everything that's going on around the world, the future looks bleak.The enemy is having a field day using the situation to drive fear into the hearts of people to discourage them so that their faith may fail. But when you look at the situation from God's perspective, its totally different. God is not subject to the failures of man. He is not waiting like us for something to happen. He wants to make something.

The enemy is seeking to destroy lives by controlling those in leadership and he is succeeding. For too long man has been listening to the ideas and wisdom of the politicians. The wisdom of the world will come to nothing, it is failing as we can see.because God has been left out of the equation, therefore the foundations are crumbling because there were not built on the principles of God.

Which of you by worrying is going to change anything. Worry is like a swing, it keeps you going but it doesn't get you anywhere. Of course we have to make plans but God doesn't want us to be filled with worry and anxiety about tomorrow.

This worrying comes because you are uncertain of what to expect and feel helpless to prevent the situation All this worrying is causing health problems, such as headaches, fatigue, stress, and changes in blood pressure to name a few.

It is disrupting productivity, you can't get much done because worrying interferes with your thinking and it affects the way you treat people. Because of all the worrying you become withdrawn, you become a grouch.

It also reduces your ability to trust in God, filled with worry and distracted by the pressures all around, there is little time to pray or concentrate on the word of God. You don't remember to confess his promises.

Matthew 25-34 says:

25 "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear . Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing
26.Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store foods in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them . And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are. 27. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?28 "And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing.29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fir tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith.31 So don't worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear ? 32.These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.

So what do you do with your worry?

Give them to God
According to 1 Peter 5:7 we should give all our cares and worries to God, for he cares about us.
By carrying all these care you are showing that you have not fully trusted God with your life.
You need to cast them over on the Lord and not take them back, when you do that you will no longer be tying God's hands with your worrying. His power can begin to operate because you have acted in faith. Go will not take your cares away from you , you have to give them to him, then you replace the worry with the word.

Pray about it.
Philippians 4:6 tells us not to worry about anything; instead we should pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all that he has done. As long as you worry and are anxious concerning what you are praying about, you nullify the effect of your prayer; you haven't cast it upon him you still have it. Confess you are a believer and not a doubter, reuse to worry and pray using your faith and believe.

Fix your thoughts on God's power
Philippians 4:8-9 lets us know that we should fix our thoughts on God's power and not life's problems We should turn our thoughts from the negative, unbelieving to the positive, constructive thoughts of faith, hope and love. Satan will consistently bring doubt and discouragement but you cannot buy into his lies.

Trust in God's promises
Exodus 14:13 tells us that we should not be afraid despite what is facing us. We only have to trust in God's promise. This is the attitude we should have today with all the troubles surrounding us. We should purpose in our hearts to deal with the worry and anxiety we are facing and not let the enemy use it to destroy us. Don't take it out on other people like the children of Israel would take it out on Moses.

In Exodus 15:24-25 when the water was bitter they took it out him, but the word tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink.

They were consumed by fear and therefore it was difficult to trust God

Psalms 55:22 says to give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip.

Gillian Mc Donald

A christian teacher who loves to read the word, pray and write articles about christian living, natural health and self improvement.


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