Welcome back to the series on Worry. Last week was focused on defining worry. Part 1 ended with my asking you to write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the opposite of worry. If you didn’t do that yet, please take a moment and do that before continuing to read. Thanks.
A quick search for worry antonyms is a good starting place.
Antonyms for worry
Looking at the opposite of worry is helpful because it is a motivation to flee from worry. Remember last week we established the fact that worry is SIN.
TRUST is highlighted on the above list because this is clearly the key to stop worry. Worry is not trusting God. So if we are truly trusting Him we will not be worrying.
What are you thinking at this moment after reading the above statement about worry and trust? I am fairly certain that many will be thinking, EASIER SAID THAN DONE. To that I say, so very true. We don’t have the ability in our own selves to do this but that’s the point. Worry is putting trust somewhere other than in God. If we are depending on Him to save us from this sin of worry instead of our own effort, then we are taking the first step of freedom from worry.
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] – Philippians 4:13 AMP
Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6,7 J.B. Phillips
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. -Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
Worry Part 3 will be coming soon.
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