Pray, taking authority over every possible distraction.
When we first moved to North Carolina we attended a church in our immediate neighborhood – it was there that I made a commitment to the Lord that I was no longer going to live “on the fence.” By that, I mean, one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. I was going to jump in and was determined to live for the Lord for the rest of my life.
I made a lot of covenants during those first months in NC. I made a covenant with my ears to not listen to any unedifying music – a vow I’ve never been sorry for. My reading time was altered also by the amount of time I spent in The Word.
A precious friend
We got involved in several church activities and one of my favorites was the women’s monthly group. Helen (name changed) was married to Harry (name changed) and they were elders of the church – we loved them and became very good friends.
Helen was a worrier and as I watched her and listened to her and then talking with her, the Lord was gracious to show me how much of a sin worrying is and how it can control one’s life. One night at a ladies fellowship meeting I gently told her that God showed me the sin of worrying in Psalm 127.2.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrow; for so He gives His beloved sleep.
A sad testimony
She said to me, “I can’t help it Susan, I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about this and that, and can never fall back to sleep.” That sad testimony from Helen’s lips began to change my thinking. You see, I had been a worrier too. I worried about this and I worried about that. I worried if my kids weren’t living right. I worried if my husband wasn’t living right. I worried what people thought of me. I worried about money. I worried about what the neighbors would think. I worried whether we would make it through the winter. I worried about EVERYTHING.
Understanding holy living
Yet the closer I became to the Lord, the more I read His Word, the more I understood Holy Spirit and holy living, the more convicted I became that I needed to turn my worry into trusting and praying. I realized I could not take on the role of Holy Spirit in my loved ones lives. God had to do God things and I needed to release His power and will through, not worry, BUT prayer and supplication.
I went from being a “worry wart” to being a “trusting tower.”
Defining worry and trust (Webster’s Dictionary)
Worry: 1. to feel uneasy or anxious; torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; to fret. 5. to seize especially by the throat; to strangle. 7. to examine, adjust, or handle continually or repeatedly (i.e. beating something to death).
Trust: 1. Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence. 2. Confident expectation something; hope.
Strong’s Concordance: merimna (mer im nah) denotes distractions, anxieties, burdens, and worries. Means to be anxious beforehand about daily life.
Is anyone out there?
- Worrying will destroy your peace.
- Worry is the twin brother of fear.
- Worry is the opposite of trust.
- Worry can make you physically ill.
- Worry can control your life.
- Worry is a stronghold from hell.
- Worry can be a demonic spirit.
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6.25-34
Worrying will make you sick; so how do you change your worry into trust? Stay tuned for part 2.
This is the second in a series of teachings I taught in Women’s Ministry 2001-2002.