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    WorryandtheWordofGod

    Worry~TheEnemyoftheBelieversPeaceandJoy

    Worryisoneofthemostdestructivehabitsensnaringhumanbeings,evenChristians. Manyconsiderworryingasnaturalasbreathingandasharmlessasblinking.Worryissuchaskilledanddeceptivethiefthatwedontevenknowwehavebeenrobbedofpeace,oftime,ofmentalenergyandofemotionalwellbeing.

    Worryislikeathickbraidedheadbandthatputspressureonthemindaconfiningcordinterwovenwiththreestrands

    thedistressesofyesterday,thetrialsoftodayandthefearfulwhatifsoftomorrow.Thisvicelikegripofworrytragicallycompressesyourjoy,

    [hijacks]yourpeaceand[restricts]yourfreedom.Butthisconstrictioncanbeconquered!

    JuneHunt

    Yes,worrycanbeconquered!Memorize:

    ISAIAH26:34NKJVYou[God]willkeephiminperfectpeace,whosemindisstayedonYou,

    BecausehetrustsinYou.TrustintheLORDforever,forinYAH,theLORD,iseverlastingstrength.

    A. WORDSTODEFINEANDCONSIDER

    OBEDIENTSubmissivetotherestraintorcommandofauthority:willingtoobey.

    ANXIETYPainfulorapprehensiveuneasinessofmindoveranimpendingoranticipatedill;fearfulconcernorinterest;anabnormalandoverwhelmingsenseofapprehensionandfearoftenmarkedbyphysiologicalsigns(assweating,tension,andincreasedpulse),bydoubtconcerningtherealityandnatureofthethreat,andbyselfdoubtaboutonescapacitytocopewithit.

    STRESSStresscanarisefromanexternalpressurethatcausesphysical,mentaloremotional

    strainorfromaninternalresistanceinresponsetooutsidepressure.Stresscanbeeitheranegativepressurethatresultsindistress,dangerordestruction,orapositivepressurethatresultsinmotivationandmovement.

    FAITHBiblicalfaithisplacingyourtrustinthepersonandworkofJesusChristasyour

    Savior,asyouronlywayofbeingreconciledtoGod.

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    TRUSTAssuredrelianceonthecharacter,ability,strength,ortruthofsomeoneorsomething.Totrustistoplaceconfidenceintheintentionsandintegrityofanotherperson.Trustwithinarelationshipimpliesbothbeliefandbehavior,perceivinganotherpersonastrustworthyandplacingyourselfinapositionofvulnerabilitywiththatperson.TrustinGodimpliesbothbeliefinHimandchangedbehavior,knowingthatGodisreliable,dependableandunchanging,andsubmittingtothewillofGodinyourlifebygivingHimcontrolofyourmind,willandemotions.

    WORRYAmentaldistressoragitationresultingfromconcernforsomethingimpendingor

    anticipated:anxietyB. HOWDOESWORRYAFFECTUS?

    IntheNewTestamentoneGreekwordtranslatedasworryismerimnao,whichmeanstobeanxious,tobedistractedortohaveadividedmind(merizo,todividenous,themind). Toworryistodividemymindbetweenthatwhichisusefulandworthwhileandthatwhichisdamaginganddestructive.

    Toworryistoblocktheflowofpositiveenergy(theHolySpirit)inmylife.

    Matthew6:27NKJVWhichofyoubyworryingcanaddonecubittohisstature? TheconceptofworryingisconveyedthroughoutScripturebynumerouswordsandphrases:

    tobefretful tobewithoutpeace tobeanxious tobedistracted tobeconcerned tobetroubled tobeweighedwithcares tobedistressed tobeheavyhearted(depression) tobedespairing

    Psalm139:23NKJVSearchme,OGod,andknowmyheart;tryme,andknowmy

    anxieties;...

    C. WHATISTHENATUREOFWORRY?

    1. WORRYISNOTANINHERITEDWEAKNESS(Mymomwasaworrier.),ahumoroushabit(Imjustaworrywart!),orajustifiableexcuseforpridefulperfectionism(Somebodyhastoworryaboutdoingitright).

    2. WORRYISABLATANTSINTHATISDISPLEASINGTOGODBECAUSEITSUNDERLYINGNATUREIS:

    A) DisbeliefWorryrevealsthatIreallydontbelieveGodwhenHesaysHewillprovideallthatIneed.

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    Isaiah58:11NKJVTheLORDwillguideyoucontinually,Andsatisfyyoursoulindrought,Andstrengthenyourbones;Youshallbelikeawateredgarden,Andlikeaspringofwater,whosewatersdonotfail.

    B) DisobedienceWorryrevealsthatIamtakingonpersonalresponsibilityand concernforthatwhichGodhasalreadypromisedtoprovide.

    Matthew6:2531NKJVJesussaid:ThereforeIsaytoyou,donotworryaboutyourlife,whatyouwilleatorwhatyouwilldrink;noraboutyourbody,whatyouwillputon.Isnotlifemorethanfoodandthebodymorethanclothing?26Lookatthebirdsoftheair,fortheyneithersownorreapnorgatherintobarns;yetyourheavenlyFatherfeedsthem.Areyounotofmorevaluethanthey?27Whichofyoubyworryingcanaddonecubittohisstature?28Sowhydoyouworryaboutclothing?Considertheliliesofthefield,howtheygrow:theyneithertoilnorspin;29andyetIsaytoyouthatevenSolomoninallhisglorywasnotarrayedlikeoneofthese.30NowifGodsoclothesthegrassofthefield,whichtodayis,andtomorrowisthrownintotheoven,willHenotmuchmoreclotheyou,Oyouoflittlefaith?31Thereforedonotworry,saying,Whatshallweeat?orWhatshallwedrink?orWhatshallwewear?

    C) DestructionWorrycandamagemyphysicalbody,whichisthetempleoftheHoly

    Spirit.Itcanbringaboutahostofphysicalailments,suchashighbloodpressure,hearttrouble,headaches,coldsandstomachdisorders.

    1Corinthians6:1920NKJVOrdoyounotknowthatyourbodyisthetempleoftheHolySpiritwhoisinyou,whomyouhavefromGod,andyouarenotyourown?20Foryouwereboughtataprice;thereforeglorifyGodinyourbodyandinyourspirit,whichareGods.

    D) DishonorWorryshiftsthefocusofattentionfromtheallsufficientpowerofChristtomy

    humaninsufficiencyandinsecurity.Ultimately,worrycanunderminemyChristianwitnessbypresentingGodasimpotentandunworthyofpraise.

    Matthew5:16NKJVLetyourlightsoshinebeforemen,thattheymayseeyourgoodworksandglorifyyourFatherinheaven.

    SinceGodsays,Donotworry,itisclearlyHisdesirethatIdonotworry.

    D. WHATISTHEFOCUSOFWORRY?

    Aspecificcharacteristicofworryisanegativefocusonthefuture.IfIamaworrier,Iamspendingtimespeculatingonwhatmayormaynothappenandthenfearingtheworst.

    WhatifIlosemyjob?...Howwillpaymybills?...WhatifIcantfindanotherjob?

    Whatifmyspouseleavesme?...HowwillImakeitalone?...Whatwillpeoplethink?

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    Whatifmyteengetsintotrouble?...HowwillIdealwithit?...Whatwillmyoptionsbe? Whatifmyparentsbecomeincapacitated?...HowwillIpayforlongtermcare?...What

    willtheyexpectmetodoforthem?

    Whatifmyspousehasanaffair?...HowwillIeverforgive?...WhatwillItellthechildren?

    WhatifIhavecancer?...Howwillitimpactmylife?...Whatwillbemytreatmentpossibilities?

    E. THEOTHERSIDEOFWORRY

    Afinelinedeterminesthedifferencebetweendestructiveworryandconstructiveconcern.Imayhavedefendedmytendencytoworryasbeingonlygenuineconcern,buthonestyrequiresthatItakeacloserlookatmyheartandmymotives.

    Psalm51:6Behold,Youdesiretruthintheinwardparts,AndinthehiddenpartYouwillmakemetoknowwisdom.

    1. DestructiveWorryImsoworriedthatmychildmightdrownthatImnever goingtoletheranywherenearthewater.

    paralyzes decreasescreativity preventsinitiative resultsinanxiousfretting attemptstocontrolthefuture fearstheworst appearsnegativetoothers distractsthemindfromwhatisimportant

    2. ConstructiveConcernImsoconcernedthatmychildcantswimthatIvemade arrangementstogiveherswimminglessons.

    motivates increasescreativity promotesinitiative resultsincalmfocusing attemptstoimprovethefuture hopesforthebest appearspositivetoothers directsthemindtowhatisimportant

    Colossians3:2Setyourmindonthingsabove,notonthingsontheearth.F. BIBLICALEXAMPLEOFAWORRIER

    MaryandMarthabothlovedtheirfriendJesusbutexpressedtheirloveindifferentways.WhenJesuswasvisitingatthesistershome,MarydevotedlysatatHisfeetfeastingonHiseveryword

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    whileMarthascurrieddiligentlytoprepareafeastforherKing.Clearlydistractedbyalltheunfinisheddetails,martyrMarthademandedthatJesusorderMarytomakeherselfuseful.ButJesussawMaryastranquilandteachable,Marthaastroubledandtesty.Marthahadbeencaughtinherownwebofworry,butinsteadofscoldingher,JesustargetedthesolutionforalltheensnaredMarthasoftheworldwiththistimelesstruth:

    Luke10:3842NKJV NowithappenedastheywentthatHeenteredacertainvillage;andacertainwomannamed

    MarthawelcomedHimintoherhouse. 39AndshehadasistercalledMary,whoalsosatatJesusfeetandheardHisword. 40ButMarthawasdistractedwithmuchserving,andsheapproachedHimandsaid,Lord,do

    Younotcarethatmysisterhasleftmetoservealone?Thereforetellhertohelpme. 41AndJesusansweredandsaidtoher,Martha,Martha,youareworriedandtroubledabout

    manythings. 42Butonethingisneeded,andMaryhaschosenthatgoodpart,whichwillnotbetaken awayfromher.

    Freedomisfoundnotbyfrettingoverthetemporal,butbyfocusingontheeternal.

    CHARACTERISTICSOFAWORRIER

    Worry is likeathief in thenight thatstealstheBelieversspiritualpeace. Godnever intendedforHischildrentolivefearfullyfocusedonthefuture ...hostagetoanemotionalhijacking. Ifweareconsumedwithworry,weexperiencingsomeofthefollowingphysicalandemotionalsymptomsthatarerobbingusofspiritualmaturity.

    Matthew13:22NKJVNowhewhoreceivedseedamongthethornsishewhohearstheword,andthecaresofthisworldandthedeceitfulnessofricheschoketheword,andhebecomesunfruitful.

    Areyousnaredinthewebofworry?

    Proverbs29:25Thefearofmanbringsasnare,ButwhoevertrustsintheLORDshallbesafe.

    A. EMOTIONALWORRYAFFECTSTHEMINDANDHEARTOFTHESOUL

    Areyoufearfulofwhatothersthinkaboutyou? Areyouoverwhelmedwithfearofthefuture? Areyoudismayedwhenyouhearbadnews? Areyoufretfulwhenanunjustpersonsucceeds? Areyouanxiousoverunresolvedrelationships? Areyouterrifiedofdeath?

    Psalm25:17Thetroublesofmyhearthaveenlarged;Bringmeoutofmydistresses!

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    B. PHYSICALWORRYAFFECTSBODYOFFLESH

    Areyouhavingdifficultysleeping? Areyoulosingyourappetite? Areyouovereating? Areyouexperiencingheadaches? Areyouhavingstomachproblems? Areyoustrugglingwithmaintaininggoodhealth?

    Ecclesiastics2:23Forallhisdaysaresorrowful,andhiswo

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