Worry is one of those secret sins that we tend to permit. For one thing, worry begins in the mind and so it can grow a great deal before anyone else might see the external fruit. Don’t be deceived, though. God knows and He sees. We also make allowances for it because it ‘doesn’t seem that bad’ compared to other biggies like adultery or racism.
Hmmm…I think that the devil is smart enough to recognize that with your average committed Christian, he’s not going to pull you down with the sins we consider ‘really bad.’ Instead, he’s going to tempt you with the little things that trip you up day in and day out, year after year. He will steal your thoughts away from what is best and shift them to what seems good. He’ll distract you with ‘what ifs?’ and regrets about the past. He wants to rob you of a victorious mindset.
I don’t want to enter the debate of whether God ranks sins or not. While it is a useful debate, nonetheless, practically speaking, if we see a sin in our lives cropping up, we’d better get to yanking that weed whether it is a big one or a little one because sin is deadly.
I’m sure you’ve observed that in the process of repentance, it’s not enough to turn away from the sin. We also have to have something to walk towards, otherwise we run the risk of finding ourselves right back where we started, or trading one sin in for another.
What do we replace worry with?
- Fear of the Lord (Proverbs 14:26-27)
- Wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-15)
- Trust in God (Isaiah 30:15)
- Joy (John 15:1-11)
- Thankfulness (Colossians 3:12-17)
- Peace of mind (Philippians 4:4-9)
- Patience (Psalm 27:14)
- Faith (Hebrews 10:35- 11:3)
- Prayer (Romans 12:12)
- Submission (Hebrews 12:7-11)
- Love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
- Humility (1 Peter 5:6-9)