Last week we looked at four areas of life that can weigh us down: Guilt, Bitterness, Worry, and Death. The #1 choice for “Most affects me” was worry. Let's look at the ABCs of worry and consider a little formula to help us to live in peace and power.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Things to think about:
· The dictionary definition of worry is “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts”
o At its core is a sense of powerlessness to do anything about it
o There are three buckets (ABCs) our worrying tends to fall in: Acceptance, Basics, Cares
· Accepted by God
o past wrongs – can God really forgive me of this?
§ 1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
o good enough – am I living up to His standard?
§ Romans 15:7 – Accept one another just as Christ has accepted you
· Accepted by others
o past wrongs – if I could just go back and…
o good enough – as a husband, father, brother, friend, employee, employer
· Food, clothing, shelter
o essentially, money provides for all of these
o marketers tells us we don’t have enough
o Matthew 6:25-34
· Loved ones well-being
o salvation, health, happiness
o James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed.
· Worry is a waste
o Time and Energy
o In physics, Energy divided by Time = Power
§ Prayer / Time = Power of Peace
§ Worry / Time = Waste
§ Prayer and Worry are the variables. Every moment we get to choose which one we will focus on.
§ Time is the constant.
· Do not be anxious about anything
· but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God
· and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
My prayer is that we exit the Wasteland of Worry and live in the Graceland of Peace by trusting God with all of our concerns. We know He is a good father who loves us unconditionally, provides for our basic needs, and who encourages us to throw of the heavy yoke of cares on to Him.
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