“WORRY!” Part 1 and 2

Philippians 4:1-13

The pressures of our society can be discouraging: competition, money problems, family problems, drugs, sex, tragedies, indifference, violence, terrorism, war and rumors of war, temptations, enticements to do evil, etc.

Life has become more and more difficult. More and more people are struggling with emotional instability. Every age group, social standing, race and income status is affected.

Even Christians are falling to the overwhelming barrage of trials and troubled situations that they must face daily. Does this mean that we must cave in under these circumstances?

Must we become victims of our fast-paced society? NO! We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within. We have a living hope, an anchor for our souls. We have the Bible, God’s Word.

Experts tell us that worry originates not from the outside, but from within. It is not the job, schedule or pressure from other people that produce it; rather; it is how we respond to outside pressures that leads to anxiety. When you analyze it carefully and honestly you realize that the responsibility is on you and me to handle worry successfully.  How?

TRUST IN THE LORD RATHER THAN YOURSELF OR OTHERS

If you tend to worry a lot, you are probably trying to solve problems in your own strength. The wise person has learned to trust in God.

The psalmist said in 43:5, “Hope thou in God.” That’s good advice for all of us. Most important – trust in God. 

DON’T FORGET TO PRAY SPECIFICALLY

In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul gives us some good advice, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I realize that sometimes we don’t feel like praying, but that is the time to pray. You say, “What’s the use, it won’t do any good anyway – why bother?”

I like what the hymn writer said: O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

Prayer not only changes things, but it also changes people, and the indwelling Holy Spirit brings calmness to your soul. 

LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME – DAY BY DAY

Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Our hands are full of today’s problems, why take on tomorrow’s? Much of what we worry about never happens anyway, and when we trust in God, pray and live day by day we will feel His undergirding and strengthening, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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