Sunday, May 9, 2010

No More Worry

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear... Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:25, 27

The attentive seaman exercises every effort to ensure his ship does not crash into icebergs, while sailing through frigid waters. One encounter with one of these could quickly cause water to engulf the hull of the ship and soon submerge the vessel. Even a small tear in the body of the ship could eventually cause it to sink.

One small tear in our spiritual lives can cause us to be emptied of the Holy Spirit's control. Worry works like this. It is detrimental to our relationship with Christ. Like cancer, it chokes the life of God within us. The Greek word for worry is “merimnao”. It simply means to divide. When we become anxious we think on more than one thing. Part of us may still trust God, while part of us believes that our circumstances will win out in the end. This division causes us to sink spiritually. James said that a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways (See James 1:5-8).

When we worry, we see God as smaller than He really is. Our vision becomes impaired and this affects our perception of reality.

The antidote to the sinful habit of worry is found in Philippians 4, where it states: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. One by one, we are to bring each worry to the Father. We surrender our cares to Him and thank Him for taking care of us. Then we can experience His wonderful peace.

God wants to restore our sight. He desires to make us one with Him – He does not want us to be divided any longer. If worries are choking out the life of God in you, if you are sinking like the Titanic, draw near to the Lord. His caring arms will lift you up as you surrender each anxiety to Him. He is more than able to take care of every detail in your life. God's precious peace awaits you.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for Your great love for me. Please show me any areas in my life where I am not trusting You completely. I do not want to be guilty of the sin of worry. I cast all my cares upon You for You care for me. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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