3 Reasons You Should Not Worry

Daily Devotion|Day 259

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on’” (Luke 12:22, NKJV).

 Different circumstances in life can trigger anxiety. Whatever the reason for worrying, God – throughout the Bible – exhorts His people to not worry. God is not interested in the reasons we are worried. Rather, He is interested in the reasons why we should not worry. Today, let’s look at three reasons you should not worry. 

1. Worrying adds nothing of value to your life: If you are going to worry, at least it should improve your life. But we all know that it doesn’t. The only thing worrying accomplishes is, it takes away from what you already have. Worrying is a high consumer of your energy. It takes from you; but it doesn’t give back. It depletes your emotional and intellectual resources without replenishing you. Whether you are dealing with a difficult situation or not, you need all the energy you can get.

Logically, the last thing you want is to worry. Jesus applied this logic when He said, “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Luke 12:25). Worrying does not make you more beautiful. If anything, it will probably make you age faster. Worrying doesn’t pay the bills, it doesn’t make you more healthy. Worry doesn’t solve problems; it adds to them. Therefore, no matter what you’re going through, don’t add worry to it. Worrying is like adding fuel to fire. What you need is a sound mind and a merry heart (see Proverbs 17:22; 2 Timothy 1:7).

2. When you worry, you forget God is in control: When you worry, you are trying to be in control; when, in fact, what you need is to realize that God is in control. Worrying gets in the way of God and makes it harder for Him to help you. But, God moves powerfully when you are still, calm and trusting. Don’t try to control outcomes. Just do your part that is required. And leave God to bless you with the best outcomes. You have God on your side. Take a deep breath, step back, and let Him be God. In Psalm 46:10, He tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Let God be God.

3. When you worry, you are refusing God’s helpWhen you worry, you are choosing to carry a burden you are not supposed to carry. The fact that you have a burden doesn’t mean you have to carry it. God has offered to help you when you have any cares in life. The Bible says, cast “all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). God has offered to carry your burden for you. Cast all your cares upon Him. He doesn’t want you to carry your cares. By faith, cast each one of your burdens upon Him, and He will give you rest. You will be amazed how joyful and peaceful you will be even if the most trying circumstances.

Dear friend, turn to God, and discover reasons to be joyful.

Blessing: May the peace of God which surpasses understanding, guard your heart and mind. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further studyMatthew 11:28-30 and Philippians 4:6-7.

Defeating the Enemy Called ‘Doubt’

Daily Devotional: Day 234

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like the wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7, NKJV).

Today’s passage from James originally talks about asking for wisdom, but the underlying teaching is applicable to all prayer requests. Praying for something is more than just asking. Anyone can ask for something, but not everyone asks in faith. What does it mean to ask in faith? According to James, it means asking with no doubt in your heart (cf. Mark 11:20-24).

James likens people who doubt to the wave of the sea which is driven and tossed by the wind. Such people lack stability and direction. People like that, James adds, should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Faith alone pleases God (cf. Hebrews 11:6). If you want God to honor your prayer, honor Him by eliminating doubt (completely) from your mind.

Faith is a stabilizer. It keeps you steady – steady in your thoughts, your convictions and your actions. Faith is what propels prayer to reach its intended target. Without faith, prayer is a meaningless exercise.

Doubt is faith turned upside downIf you want your prayer to be effective, don’t mix it with doubt.

If you want God to honor your request, your doubt level must be equal to zero (0). Even a 0.0000001% doubt is enough to neutralize your prayer. Doubt has robbed many a Christian of their blessings (ask me how I know that). Doubt slows progress. Doubt sinks success. Doubt stifles dreams and kills vision. Treat doubt as you would an enemy, for it is an enemy. Neutralize it before it neutralizes you.

The good news is, you can defeat doubt for goodin Jesus Name. Identify any sources of doubt and deploy the Holy Spirit power in you to get rid of them. Let’s start with you; yes, you. If a thought of doubt pops up in your mind, immediately address it with faith-filled words (You can say something like, “In the Name of Jesus, I reject all thoughts and imaginations of doubt. Thank you, Jesus, for filling my mind with thoughts of love, faith, hope, peace and goodness.”). If doubt returns a thousand times, reject it a thousand times. That’s how you stay a winner. The real battle of life is within. 

Furthermore, saturate your mind and heart with God’s word by reading (if possible, memorizing) and meditating the Scriptures. Finally, watch the company you keep. People, images and voices (or sounds) around you can help your faith or hurt it. Share your important life dreams, if possible, only with people you know are well grounded in faith and are not prone to panic or doubt. If you are not sure, keep your plans between you and God.

May the Lord elevate your faith and cause His blessings to be upon you! Amen.

For further studyMatthew 14:22-33

The Father Knows

Daily Devotional: Day 147

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you” (Luke 12:29-31, NKJV).

If you worry, you can’t rest. And, when you can’t rest, it’s hard to please God. But if you believe in God, you will be calm. Faith in God causes you to rest. A stressful (anxious) life is one of the chief enemies of the spiritual life. You need to come to a point where the Lord’s presence is enough to make you rest like a baby in the arms your Father in heaven. When you reach that point, anxiety, stress, panic and temper issues will be gone from your life. When the Lord repeatedly tells us not to worry, we need to pay attention. Worrying is symptomatic of a lack of faith.

Worrying impairs your spiritual vision and your ability to discern the will of God. It further impairs your ability to recognize the provident Hand of God in your life. Worrying is characteristic of people who do not know the Father God who provides. That is what Jesus is telling us today. Your Father in heaven knows that you need food and drink and other necessities of life. But the question is: Do you know the Father knows that you need these things? This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s loaded with meaning. When you know that the Father knows about what you need, then you have no reason to worry. This kind of knowledge – knowing that the Father knows – is a source of great peace and calm for your soul.

People get agitated because they don’t know the Father. And, because they don’t know the Father, they don’t know His love and provision. If they knew Him, they wouldn’t be agitated. Jesus warns against having an anxious mind. Based on the Greek word meteorizomai, an anxious mind refers to a mind that is unstable, easily tossed about like the waves of the sea. It describes what happens in a person’s mind when he is not sure that the Father will provide.

Jesus never worried about His needs. His secret was that He never took His eyes off the Father who provides. Learn from Jesus. Fix your eyes on the Father in heaven, and your worries shall cease.

The Lord’s blessing be upon you today! Amen.

For further study: Luke 12:22-34