Don’t Worry

  • John 14:1  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me…”
  • Philippians 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Peter 5:7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (In another version it’s cast all your cares on Him.)
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  (New King James Version – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.)

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  This is a command from Jesus.  Worrying is disobeying God’s Word.  We can try to downplay it or say that it’s not so bad but to God disobedience is disobedience and it’s a sin.  What does Jesus give us as an alternative?  Trust in God and in Him (John 14:1).  That’s what we are supposed to do.  The circumstances cannot be bigger than our God.  Nothing is impossible to Him.  He is not fretting because of a concern you have entrusted to Him.  He can handle it.  No situation is too small or too big for Him.

How to keep from worry and be at peace:
  1. The first step is to make a conscious choice that you want to obey God’s Word and not let your heart be troubled.  Review the scriptures about not worrying and see that they are actually a command from God.
  2. Realize that what you mull over in your mind and heart is what you are meditating on – good or bad.  Resolve to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  This doesn’t happen overnight so persevere.
  3. When an issue arises to trouble your heart, go to the Word and find out what it says about your situation.  Meditate on those scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation so that you will not worry.  We tend to repeat the same mistakes again and again.  Be aware of this and prepare accordingly.  Write a declaration with relevant scriptures for your situation and speak it into life.
  4. Take authority in the Name of Jesus when required over a situation.  Don’t let circumstances control you but know who you are in Christ and act accordingly.
  5. Believe and stand on the Word.

Call to action:
 As soon as you start to worry, take your thoughts captive.  Deal with situations as per the Word.  Additionally, train yourself to put your cares upon the Lord.