These are some notes from a devotional I gave a few weeks ago. Feel free to use anything you would like for you own use. I got some of this information from the book “Christian Atheist” by Craig Groeschel.
I. When you believe in God but still worry all the time
- worry – comes from the Old High German wurgen, literally means “to strangle, constrict, choke.”
- Worry can literally be damaging to our health
- Worry is a control issue. We are obsessed with trying to control our circumstances.
- Many of us treat worry like our “fwend” — we clutch worry to our chests like our favorite stuffed animals from childhood
- We have many phrases to make us sound important or busy — we say ” I have some issues I’m working through, I have a lot on my mind, I’ve just been really busy.”
- Worry, in essence, is the sin of distrusting the promises and power of God.
- Matt. 6:25 – Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? — (do not worry about your life.) — that word “life” is not just physical life but the Greek word he uses for “life” is (Su-kay) which means every aspect of your life. “mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.”
II. When you believe in God and trust him all the time
- 2 Timothy 1: 7 – for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
- “not of fear” – is translated in other versions as Timidity , anxiety, tension, and worry
- ILLUSTRATION: bat in the stove… — I did what any MAN would have done in a perilous and dangerous time such as this… I got on the phone and called Dad to come fix the problem. When we are in a difficult situation we ought to cry out for help to our Heavenly Father for help. — I called Dad (someone who could do something about the situation) You worry? You call your Dad= Pray to God.
- A very Biblical principle to live by which often will help to deter worry is living by this phrase : Work as if everything depended on you, pray as if everything depended on God.