Worry

* Don’t worry about details beyond your control

Many have wondered how this animal kingdom roundup happened.  Did Noah and his sons spend years collecting all the animals?  In reality the creation, along with Noah, was doing just as God had commanded.  There seemed to be no problem gathering the animals–God took care of the details of that job while Noah was doing his part by building the boat.  Often we do just the opposite of Noah.  We worry about details over which we have no control, while neglecting specific areas (such as attitudes, relationships, responsibilities) that are under our control.  Like Noah, concentrate on what God has given you to do, and leave the rest to God. (NLT)

Genesis 7:15-16 – Two by two they came into the boat, male and female, just as God had commanded.  Then the Lord shut them in.

* Worry can cause us to forfeit peace with God

After repeated promises, a visit by two angels, and the appearance of the Lord himself, Sarah finally cried out with surprise and joy at the birth of her son.  Because of her doubt, worry, and fear, she had forfeited the peace she could have felt in God’s wonderful promise to her.  The way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on God’s promises.  Trust him to do what he says. (NLT)

Genesis 21:7 – For who would have dreamed that I would ever have a baby?  Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”

* Worry can reveal a lack of faith in God’s control

Anger, rage, and envy are very destructive emotions.  They reveal a lack of faith that God loves us and is in control.  We should not worry; instead, we should trust in God, giving ourselves to him for his use and safekeeping.  When you dwell on your problems, you will become anxious and angry.  But if you concentrate on God and his goodness, you will find peace.  Where do you focus your attention? (NLT)

Psalm 37:6-9 – He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop your anger!  Turn from your rage!  Do not envy others–it only leads to harm.  For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

* Don’t worry if you can’t understand everything

We are often confused by the events around us.  Some things we will never understand until years later when we look back and see how God was working.  This proverb counsels us to not worry if we don’t understand everything as it happens.  Instead, we should trust that God knows what he’s doing, even if his timing or design is not clear to us.  See “Promises” in the link below, for Psalm 37:23 for a reassuring promise of God’s direction in your life. (NLT)    https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/promises 

Proverbs 20:24 – How can we understand the road we travel?  It is the Lord who directs our steps.

* Worry’s ill effects

Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply.  Worry may (1) damage your health, (2) disrupt your productivity, (3) negatively affect the way you treat others, and (4) reduce your ability to trust in God.  How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing?  Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern–worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action. (NLT)

Matthew 6:25 – [Jesus said] “So I tell you, don’t worry about eve3ryday life–whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes.  Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?

* Difference between planning & worrying

Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted.  Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference.  Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance.  When done well, planning can help alleviate worry.  Worries, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God.  They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God.  Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today. (NLT)

Matthew 6:34 – [Jesus said] “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today!”

* Holy Spirit helps us stop worry 

Jesus told the disciples that when arrested for preaching the Good News, they should not worry about what to say in their defense–God’s Spirit would speak through them.  This promise was fulfilled in Acts 4:8-14  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/promise/ and elsewhere.  Some mistakenly think this means we don’t have to prepare to present the Good News because God will take care of everything.  Scripture teaches, however, that we are to make carefully prepared thoughtful statements.  Jesus is telling us not to stop preparing but to stop worrying. (NLT)

Matthew 10:19-20 – [Jesus said] “When you are arrested, don’t worry about what to say in your defense, because you will be given the right words at the right time.  For it won’t be you doing the talking–it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

* Other ways to resist worry 

Jesus commands us not to worry.  But how can we avoid it?  Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by greed and covetousness.  It is good to work and plan responsibly; it is bad to dwell on all the ways our planning could go wrong.  Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; worry is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need.  He promises to meet all our real needs but not necessarily all our desires. (NLT)

Luke 12:22-34 – Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear.  For life consists of far more than food and clothing.  Look at the ravens.  They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  Of course not!  And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

“Look at the lilies and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you?  You have so little faith!  And don’t worry about food–what to eat and drink.  Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you.  these things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs.  He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

“So don’t be afraid, little flock.  For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

“Sell what you have and give to those in needs.  This will store up treasure for you in heaven!  And the purses of heaven have no holes in them.  Your treasure will be safe–no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.  Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.

* Most worry will seem trivial in the future

The most important event in human history was about to take place, and the disciples were still arguing about their prestige in the Kingdom!  Looking back, we see that this was no time to worry about status.  But the disciples, wrapped up in their own concerns, did not perceive what Jesus had been trying to tell them about his approaching death and resurrection.  What are your major concerns today?  Twenty years from now, as you look back, will these worries look pretty and inappropriate?  Get your eyes off yourself and get ready for Christ’s coming into human history for the second time. (NLT)

Luke 22:24 – And they began to argue among themselves as to who would be the greatest in the coming Kingdom.

* Turn your worries into prayers 

Imagine never worrying about anything!  It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school.  But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers.  Do you want to worry less?  Then pray more!  Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray. (NLT)

Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

* Seven reasons not to worry

(1) The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. (NLT)

Matthew 6:25 – [Jesus said] “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes.  Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?”

(2) Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today. (NLT)

Matthew 6:26 – [Jesus said] “Look at the birds.  They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds the.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are.”

(3) Worrying is more harmful than helpful. (NLT)

Matthew 6:27 – [Jesus said] “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  Of course not.”

(4) God does not ignore those who depend on him. (NLT)

Matthew 6:28-30 – [Jesus said] “And why worry about our clothes?  Look at the lilies and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  and if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you?  You have so little faith!”

(5) Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God. (NLT)

Matthew 6:31-32 – [Jesus said] “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing.  Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things?  Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs”

(6) Worrying keeps us from real challenges God wants us to pursue.

To “make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” means to put God first in your life, to fill you thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything.  what is really important to you?  People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority.  Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don’t actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life. (NLT)

Matthew 6:33 – [Jesus said] “and he [heavenly Father] will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”

(7) Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry. (NLT)

Matthew 6:34 – [Jesus said] “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

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