The Cause and Cure for Worry
Worry, feeling uneasy or troubled, seems to plague multitudes of people in our world today. It’s human nature to be concerned about the bad situations in our world and in our personal lives, but if we’re not careful, the devil will cause us to worry beyond what’s reasonable.
Worry is the opposite of faith, and it steals our peace, physically wears us out, and can even make us sick. When we worry, we torment ourselves—we’re doing the devil’s job for him! Worry is caused by not trusting God to take care of the various situations in our lives.
Too often we trust our own abilities, believing that we can figure out how to take care of our own problems. Yet sometimes, after all our worry and effort to go it alone, we come up short, unable to bring about suitable solutions.
Last week we talked about how worry is:
- PowerPoint (Mouse in the cage)
You need to system of Priorities
See first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matt. 6:33
The prognosis of worry is a division of the heart. It’s a mistake to try dealing with the issues of today while dwelling on the questions of tomorrow. We need all our energy and concentration for the here and now.
It comes down to priorities. What is most important in your heart?
Those who base their lives on the acquisition of material things tend to be the ones saddled with anxiety.
Ill. Cousin Ohio won the lottery.
Acquired a lot of things. He spends all his time worry about them.
Jesus is saying in this famous verse, get your priorities in order.
Seek the things of God first. Live a righteous life, and you be amazed how God will work things out for you in your life.
It’s important to step back from the complex tangle of your life and prioritize your life so that it’s in line to what God wants you to do.
- When I work on my relationships in a God honoring way…
- When I handle my money in a God honoring way by tithing, spending my money to help others, no spending it foolishly,
God will honor that.
The verse says, Then all the other things will be added unto you.
We put a lot of worry on our shoulders because of our foolishness.
We get involved in unhealthy relationships and then we worry why there is conflict. We are not content with what we have so we buy more on credit. All that does is increase the worry in our lives.
You need a strategic program
You need a systematic strategy to week out your worry. Jesus is saying something quite interesting: You don’t sink under the burden of today’s crises, but tomorrow’s agenda puts you over the weight limit.
Have you ever tried to carry too many bags of groceries at the same time? After cleaning up the eggs from your driveway you say to yourself,
I should have made two trips instead of one.
Jesus tells us to carry today’s bag today and make a fresh trip tomorrow.
Living in the present tense is an art. Stay focus in the moment because if you don’t, you will become preoccupied with absent problems
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Today has enough problems of its own. Matt 6:34
There’s a reason God placed us within the moment, bracketed away from both the past and the future. They are both off-limits to us and we need to post a sign that says, “No Trespassing” sign.
The past is closed for good, the future is still under construction. But today has everything you need.
Cast Your Cares on the One Who Cares for You
First Peter 5:6-7 says, Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Since Jesus invites us to cast all of our care and worry on Him,
why do so many of us refuse to let go? Apparently, we’re not yet fed up with being miserable.
The only way to have victory in our lives is to play by God’s rules, and He says we must quit worrying if we want to have peace.
So when things come our way that cause us to be concerned, we need God’s help.
How do we get it? First Peter 5:6-7 lists two important steps:
- 1) humble yourselves, and
- 2) cast your care on Him.
That seems pretty clear and simple, yet some continue struggling because they’re too bullheaded to ask for help. But the humble get the help.
So if your way isn’t working, why not try God’s way? All of us would be better off if we’d learn to lean on God and ask for His help. But as long as we try to do everything ourselves, God will let us.
He won’t take care of our problems and worries—our cares—until we turn loose of them and give them to Him. Either we’re going to do it or God’s going to do it, but both of us aren’t going to.
So the cure for worry is humbling ourselves before God, casting our cares on Him, and trusting Him. Instead of making ourselves miserable trying to figure everything out on our own, God wants us to place our trust in Him and enter into His rest, totally abandoning ourselves to His care.
I know that when we are able to believe and say, “God, I trust You,” it will literally change our lives.
Look at Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:6-7: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
If you’re a Christian who goes around burdened or weighed down all the time, something is wrong. You may have had faith in Christ for salvation, but you haven’t moved into walking in faith daily for the life that God has given you.
The Bible tells us that God is faithful—that’s one of His major characteristics. He can be counted on to come through for us, so we should trust Him totally and completely. When we do, we’ll be ready for anything that may come our way.
Allow God to Give You Peace and Rest
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Jesus wants to ease our burdens and give us rest.
The Message Bible says it this way: Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30).
That sounds good, doesn’t it? I’ve had enough heavy stuff in my life, and I want to be free. It’s nice to know that we don’t have to figure everything out.
We need to get comfortable with saying,
“I don’t have a clue, but I’m not going to worry about it because God’s in control. I’m going to live free and light!”
When we’re overloaded with the cares of this life—struggling, laboring and worrying—we need some help.
- Our minds need to rest from worrying about how to take care of problems,
- our emotions need to rest from being upset all the time,
- and our wills need a rest from stubbornness and rebellion.
So we need to be humble enough to call out to God and say,
“I need help!” Your beginning doesn’t have to dictate your ending.
Get God involved in every area of your life and allow Him to lead you into rest.
Worry or Worship?
Worry and worship are exact opposites, and we’d all be much happier if we learned to become worshippers instead of worriers.
- Worry opens the door for the devil,
- but worship is reverence and adoration for God that leads us into His presence.
God created us to worship Him, and I don’t believe we can walk in victory if we don’t become worshippers. Sometimes when we don’t have what we need or want, the enemy tries to discourage us and keep us from worshiping God, skipping church.
But when we know that God has our best interests at heart, we can worship Him regardless of our circumstances.
Remember, God is good even when our circumstances are not!
God doesn’t always give us our heart’s desire right away. He wants us to develop a deep, personal relationship with Him and an outrageous love for Him so much so that we can’t live without it. This kind of relationship and love brings the worshipful attitude that God wants us to have.
When we believe down to the bottom of our heart that God truly wants the best for us,
To worship means “to reverence,” or “to defer to.”
When are mind is set in worship God, it’s amazing how the worries just don’t take a life of their own. I’m not saying they will magically go away, but I am saying when you focus on the power of God, the worries begin to dissipate, lose their grip on your heart.
We must realize that Christ, living in us, has come to lead and guide us into a special lifestyle of worship and victorious living.
When Satan throws worry on you, I challenge you to stop what you’re doing, get down on your knees before God, and begin praising Him. Worship is a spiritual weapon, a warhead or bomb you can use against the enemy.
Your prayers and worship will get you heavenly help, and you won’t have to fight your own battles. God’s grace and power can make things happen with ease that you can’t bring about no matter how much you struggle.
Don’t try to take on God’s responsibility. When we do what we can do, God steps in and does what we can’t. So give yourself and your worries to God and begin enjoying the abundant life He has planned for you.
LET IT GO.
David Jeremiah: Slaying the Giants in Your Life
Joyce Meyers: The Cause and Cure for Worry
July 2, 2017