Ways to Combat Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” (Luke 12:22-23)

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his Life?” (Luke 12:25)

Jesus addresses the issue of worry with His disciples in Luke 12. The disciples struggled in this area of their lives just like some of us. Those that walked with Jesus, ate with Jesus and learned directly from Jesus, still struggled with trusting God with their futures and supplying their needs.

Jesus doesn’t say don’t plan or prepare for your futures, just don’t let those plans or dreams turn into worries or fears. Trust God with your future and realize that your future is in his loving hands. Worrying adds nothing to our lives so why not try the following suggestions.

    1. Pray – turn your worries into prayers. Be honest and tell God what you are worried about. Talk to Him like you would your best friend. Use this opportunity to deepen your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Turn the negative of worries into a positive of prayers.
    1. Memorize Scripture – get God’s Word into your mind and heart. When worries begin to fill your mind, recite these verses and claim these truths. Take heart my friends, you are loved.
    1. Praise – turn your focus from worrying to thanking and praising God for what He has already done in your life. Praise Him for His holiness, His goodness, His love for us, and His ultimate sacrifice. Praise Him for the beauty of nature that we see around us, for the friends and family He has placed in our lives and for the many good gifts He has already given us.
  1. Seek Him and His Kingdom – Instead of focusing on the “what if’s”, the things that could go wrong in our lives, focus on Christ. Seek what can never be taken from you.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Bob

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