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So, how do you switch from a worry wart to a trusting tower?
The Word. The Word. The Word. The Word.
The secret is in the Word. We must stay in it. We must meditate on it, and not the cares of this world – because those cares? Will choke out the trusting. When we begin to worry and get anxious we must immediately run to God. If this happens and you are at work? Run to the restroom and cry out to God, I NEED YOU LORD TO HANDLE THIS FOR ME!!!
David addresses worry:
Listen to what our friend, and brother David, wrote in Psalm 37.1-8:
Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.
David had plenty of reasons to worry, or fret, as he calls it. But, what did he do? He trusted God.
The antidotes to worry:
- Psalm 37 speaks about the protection of God.
- Matthew 6 speaks about the provision of God
- Consider the Lord’s Prayer
- Consider how God provided for the Israelites while roaming around in the desert for 40 years.
The promises of God:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, which surpasses all understanding and will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.6-7
Overcome Worry with Trust by:
Reliance on Holy Spirit:
But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry before hand or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Mark 13.11
Doing battle with the devil:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10.3-5
Assurance of God’s sovereignty:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8.28
…humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5.6-7
We have to do something to change from a worry wart to trusting tower. WE have to change the way we think. We have to turn the channels in our minds. We have to change the radio dial when the worldly songs ignite a spark of fear and worry. We have to turn the TV station when the subject matter is something that starts vain imaginations in our minds. We have to STOP and GET A GRIP. We have to pick up The Word when we’d rather sit up late and eat the bread of sorrow. WE HAVE TO DO IT. Because Satan will throw everything he’s got at us to keep us from relying on God. To keep us from trusting God. We have to learn to take authority over the worry. Learn the Word and declare it out loud when we feel those anxious thoughts coming over us.
Rebuke the evil one:
Satan, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus. Jesus loves me and He loves my kids. My children are sons and daughters of the Most High God and they have been created to praise Him. My Father loves them and He is going to see to it that they are kept in His perfect good. You cannot harm them. You cannot have them. They are kept by God and my prayers, my faith, my trust in Him will keep them in His shadow. God finishes what He starts and He began a good work in them. Satan, you are a loser and a thief.
Entering the rest of God:
Once we turn our worry into trust, then we enter into the rest of God. There is no better place for the believer to dwell than in HIS REST.
Next time we look at God’s Rest.