Summary: One of Satan's best weapons is "Worry". This lesson will show steps on how to stop this paralyzing emotion.
Satan’s best weapons are Worry, Fear and Doubt. Some of us have one or more of these. If you don’t have any of them then you are probably in heaven:) For "Part I" we will be talking about worry.
As I was reading in the NIV Study Bible a side bar for worry in Matthew Chapter 6 says this
“Is it wrong to worry”?
“This is an invitation to rest in the arms of a loving Father. As humans, we will at times cross the line and violate this principle when we allow ourselves to constantly focus on ourselves instead of God.”
OUCH!!!! That one hit home. Through the past 13 years many of you have been following our Daily Devotional. You have read about a lot of my quirks, anxieties, neurosis and on and on. I am great at worrying. If I don’t have something to worry about I will find something. I say that in joking but I am serious about this sad state of faith. I want to say something now that will pertain to all of you.
“God will allow you to go through something, maybe your entire life, that is troubling so you can depend upon Him and not yourself. I have prayed many times for my anxiety and fears to be gone. If they were gone would I pray or seek God like treasure to find help? Probably not. So I would rather suffer afflictions and be closer to God than not have anything in this life as a burden and be far from God. So if you have a burden then use this as a time to really DEPEND upon God,
Depend - to place reliance or trust – Merriam Webster Online
Many times my reliance and trust is in me NOT God. Most of the times my writing reflects my deep desire with some type of struggle. I think God has allowed me the life of a country western singer (without the voice). Their best songs are when they are getting divorced, they’ve lost a job, their dog died and on and on. God has allowed strange things to happen to me for compassion. I no longer think that “That can’t happen to me”. The more we have adversity in our lives the more we have compassion for others. Adversity breeds a humble heart because adversity breaks you down to your core. When you are at the bottom of the pit with your heart exposed THAT is the best place God can and will do His work to build you into a new creation. No one likes a spiritual God loving person on the outside and an arrogant person on the inside.
So how do we stop this merry go round of worry?
Matthew 6:25-27 ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Let’s get down to basics. Jesus CANNOT lie; it is impossible for Him to lie. So when He tells us something we can believe that. Jesus tells us some important truths.