Is it safe to say that there are plenty of uncertainties in the next few years you face?
How do you keep from being overcome with worry?
Worry means ‘to strangle or choke.’ Worry prevents us from experience contentment and peace in our relationship with the Lord. Anxiety pushes us to living with a divided spirit, both living in the now and trying to resolve what has not yet happened in the future (Dillow pg. 127).
Kenneth Wuest said, “God commands us to ‘Stop perpetually worrying about even one thing.'”
In his book on anxiety, MacArthur shared,
“the believer who doesn’t live in the confidence of God’s sovereignty will lack God’s peace and be left to the chaos of a troubled heart. But our confident trust in the Lord will allow us to thank Him in the midst of trials because we have God’s peace on duty to protect our hearts.”
Here are a few suggestions for gaining victory over worry:
- Pray specific verses back to God addressing worry and/or mentioning God’s character/names of God.
- Memorize scripture that pinpoints your areas of struggle. (Have them on hand.)
- Find a prayer partner who will diligently pray over you and check in with you.
- Journal about it or talk it through with a pastor/mentor to sort out what lies you are believing deep down.
- Set aside some time each week to worship God, remembering who He is and what He has done.
- Seek an opportunity to regularly help out in your church or community. (Worry multiplies in isolation.)
- Find some hymns or spiritual songs that you can turn to reorient yourself towards what is ‘true’ and ‘real.’
- Discern if there are practical steps you can take to alleviate what causes the worry. (i.e. sometimes we procrastinate dealing with something on our plate or avoid addressing a situation with someone)
- Identify a list of things that fall under the category of what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). Begin or end your day reviewing this list.
- Study Genesis and the Gospels for accounts of God’s faithfulness in the lives of real people with problems. Read Christian biographies on people who struggled and persevered in faith. (i.e. Corrie Ten Boom, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Amy Carmichael, William Cooper, Frances Havergal)