Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
Worry may be defined as “thinking about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy.” Interestingly, most of the things that we worry about never happen. Worry is unproductive and does not enhance our health. Furthermore, it distracts us from our divine purpose. The good news is that worry can be eliminated. This goal can be achieved by doing the following:
1. Examine the problem, paying attention to the causes and all the possible solutions. Implement the most appropriate solution and trust God that it will be effective. Sometimes we worry about situations that we have the resources to address.
2. Give the problems that you cannot solve to God and leave them with him. He will give you peace that will prevent you from worrying, “…in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
3. Recognize that God only grants requests that are in alignment with his plan, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (James 4:3). “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).
4. Trust in the Lord with your entire being (Proverbs 3:5). God is faithful, trustworthy, and capable.
5. Study Bible Verses that relate to the concern and meditate on them. Scripture helps us to understand God’s power and authority, for example, Ephesians 3:20 states, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” This verse gives us the assurance that God can meet all our needs, and so we are motivated to trust him.
6. Believe God’s Word. The definition of believe is to have no doubt, “What do you mean, If I can’? Jesus asked. Anything is possible if a person believes” (Mark 9:23). God’s promises are true; they have stood the test of time.
7. Recognize and admit that it is a sin to worry, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25). Sin is disobeying God’s Word, therefore we commit a sin every time we worry.
8. Engage in meaningful work so your brain is occupied which leaves less time to worry, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
9. Commit your mind to God daily, reject negative thoughts, and take every thought captive to obey God (2 Corinthians 10:5). Cultivate godly thoughts, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
10. Live your life according to God’s plan for you, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Happiness, provision, peace, and satisfaction are in his plan.
11. Be happy where you are, that is, develop the mindset to be happy in your current state, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). God will meet your needs, hence you should focus on seeking his kingdom. This is done by practicing the spiritual disciplines. Interestingly, happiness is the by-product of seeking God’s kingdom.
12. Maintain a healthy lifestyle; exercise frequently, eat balanced meals, do regular medical check-ups, and get a good night’s rest.
13. Practice praising God every day, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Think about his sovereignty, blessings, promises, and praise him. An attitude of praise will inhibit the desire to worry.