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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
"Waging War on Worry"
“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” –Ephesians 4:23
Q: “Do you know what lies on the bottom of the sea and twitches?”
A: “A nervous wreck!”
Q: Do you know why many lives have been wrecked, and people lie awake at night and twitch?
A: Worry! Worry is a behavior of your mind. Worry is a mental state you actively or passively accept. You must realize that worry is a learned behavior. You may not think that you are a worrier, but if you are not living in the full peace of God, you are! Worry is a sin that needs to be repented of because it shows no faith in God. Worry has never accomplished anything! “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matthew 6:27)
Worry replaces prayer with self-destructing behavior. When a person is constantly worrying a channel is carved in their mind, and before long every thought they think flows through that channel of worry until a great canyon is formed, and worry becomes a way of life. Worry becomes the rut our life is stuck in by trying to fix everything in our own strength. This lifestyle is fueled by adrenaline, filled with stress, and eventually faces failure. But don’t worry! You can overcome this way of life by renewing the spirit of your mind.
Here are actions you must perform to destroy worry:
1. Renew your mind through Scripture.
> Write Scripture
> Memorize Scripture
2. Turn every worry into a prayer.
3. Slow down your thinking.
4. Keep a gratitude list.
5. Listen to Godly music.
6. Schedule times of replenishment (day off, golf, hunting, fishing, scrapbooking, etc.)
7. Live a reconciled life.
> To Christ (Choose to sit at His feet.)
> To others (Don’t have grudges, and broken relationships.)
8. Live contented.
9. Praise the Lord often, and out loud.
You and I are God’s children, and our Heavenly Father can be trusted. If we practice dependence on Him for everything, we will see worry disappear. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13.