Worry Warts

Oh my goodness, I think we could all write a book on worrying!  Once again I defer to Merriam Webster’s definition of worry – “to think about problems or fears “.   To take it a step further, warts are caused by a virus.  I realize we all have problems and fears; some big and some small.  My problem is I can’t reconcile having faith in the Lord and worrying at the same time.  Are faith and worry not mutually exclusive terms?

I guess it all depends on where our faith lies.  Does our faith rely on what we can see?  Maybe our faith is on what we can comprehend. We have all seen the news, some of us may have even been the news.  We have seen affliction, death, war and sickness.  We can reach out and touch it, so we worry.  It’s a virus.

What does the Bible say about worry?   2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  Well, from where did this spirit of fear come that we focus on so often?  The devil himself.  Yes, when we are so busy worrying we neglect worshipping.  We are preoccupied.  We’re eating off of the devil’s plate.

Harsh?  Bold? Maybe.  Every subject I write on it’s as if I hear that little minion on my shoulder saying “I’m going to get you for this”.  Then I hear the Lord saying “You are of God, little child, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 and I start typing!   You see, the enemy will try to keep us fearful.  Fearful of the the world and fearful of him.  Deceit IS his job.  So many Christians have been beaten and battered by the enemy’s deceit.  Some of us have been on the defensive so long we have forgotten the power we have to fight.  “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12.   We must pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ to keep the faith and again realize their power to defeat the enemy through Jesus.

Our faith in Jesus is the enemy’s bullseye.  Satan tries to chip away at our faith but our bulldog grip will not let him.  We stay focused on Jesus.  We submit to God.  We resist the devil and he flees from us (James 4:7).  We cast our burdens on the Lord, and He sustains us; He will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalms 55:22).  Take hold of the power Jesus has given us to throw that dish of deceit in the trash.  Don’t worry but pray and ask God for guidance.  “DO NOT FEAR, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32.        – Donna Warren

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