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About two years ago I wrote a blog series on the subject of worry.

See all four parts of  〉〉 The Worry Series

I’ve now written some new material containing a strategy for overcoming worry.

Who doesn’t have a problem with worry and stress?

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Worry Part 4

Abiding in Christ
Welcome to the conclusion of the series on worry. I hope you were able to spend some time in John 15. This is the portion of scripture where Jesus explains a critical aspect of our relationship with Him. Here we find our key to victory over worry and so much more. Not striving but abiding, not trying but trusting, not you but Him. If you would like to spend time in a deeper study of the word, Abide, a good place to start would be this LINK at Bible Hub.

” Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”   -John 15:4,5   NKJV

Reading these verses in several different translations is very helpful. Below is the Holman Christian Standard which uses the word remain instead of abide.

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We are to be attached to Jesus as the branch is connected to the vine. The vine is everything to the branch.

Abide, remain, and stay are all good, but I particularly love the word that Corrie ten Boom choose. She used the word nestle.


purple-grapes-553462_640  “Remember when Jesus told the parable of the vine and the branches in John 15? He said the secret to abundant living is in staying attached to the vine. An unattached vine has something to fear. Not only can it not produce fruit, but it will be burned in the fire. But an attached branch has no fears. All it has to do is nestle close to the vine, and the vine does all the work, sending its sap through the branch and producing luscious grapes. It is not the branch that produces the grapes, it is the vine.”    ~ Corrie ten Boom


So when worry comes, refuse to be carried away. Instead, immediately call on Jesus. Devote your energy and time to focus all the more on Him. Not your ability but His power. Victory is in Christ Jesus.

Corrie ten Boom sometimes quoted the following lines from a poem. The author is unknown.

Cowardly, wayward, and weak,
I change with the changing sky,
Today so eager and strong,
Tomorrow not caring to try.
But He never gives in,
And we two shall win,  Jesus and I.

Corrie ten Boom said “Prayer is the sturdy answer to worry. I urge you to find a place where you can be alone with the Lord. Let it be your own little private prayer chapel.” Corrie wrote much about the topic of worry and fear because it is such a common problem for many believers. A number of her books have chapters devoted to the subject. She wrote one book entirely about gaining freedom from worry, fear, tension, and anxiety. The title of the book is DON’T WRESTLE, JUST NESTLE.


How do you respond to worries and fear?

I have a little practical method that I’ll share with you now.  When I find myself beginning to feel stressed, or anxious …  I stop and pray.

  • Stop whatever I am doing at that moment
  • Start talking to the Lord
  • Ask Him to take over and handle it completely
  • Surrender to His control
  • Expect to have the worry replaced with peace and calm from Jesus
  • Thank Him
  • Repeat as often as needed

How do you respond to worries and fear_

Do you have a plan? Do you have certain scriptures ready for these times?

Please share in the comments below.

I am praying that each person reading this little series will nestle in close to Jesus.

Has this series been a help to you? Do you know someone that you should share this with?  Don’t forget to share your worry plan in the comments. I love to hear from you ♥

 

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Worry Part 3

Today we are going to find out how Corrie ten Boom approached the subject of worry.
I hope you have been following along in this series. If not, you might want to go back and read the earlier parts before reading Part 3 of Worry.
Corrie ten Boom said “If you are worrying, you are being disobedient. I had to understand that before I could stop doing it. First, I tried in my own strength – positive thinking, not fretting anymore.”
Have you tried this method to stop worry? I know I have and without any lasting victory. Let’s go back to Corrie and see what happened.

“That approach was about as successful as attacking a lion with a toy pistol! Only the Lord can set you free through the Holy Spirit. Ask for forgiveness. Be cleansed by the blood of the Lord Jesus and be filled by the Spirit…”  ~ Corrie

So, we need to let the Holy Spirit take control. This is the part where we become empowered to live free from worry. This is the life of abiding. Let’s see how Corrie explains this.

  “The Lord Jesus gives a clear comparison in John 15. We are the branches, Jesus is the vine. Abiding – remaining – in Him is the secret. Jesus does the work of bearing fruit – Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross, Jesus, who is alive and whose Spirit lives in us; Jesus, the conqueror who makes us more than conquerors. I am weak; the devil is strong, but Jesus is much stronger than the devil. Therefore, Jesus and I together are much stronger than the devil, much stronger than the demon of worry.         Through faith you have become a child of God, you have been saved, and through faith you also achieve victory over worry, fear and other sins. Cast your burdens on the Lord. You do that when you pray. Yes, prayer is so important.” ~Corrie ten Boom   from the book – Reflections of God’s Glory

The words from the old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” come to my mind.

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!


Please join me in prayerfully reading John 15 this week where Jesus tells us about abiding in Him.

Part 4 of the Worry Series will be about living the abiding life in Jesus. Be sure to follow the blog so you won’t miss anything. Please leave comments or questions below.

Bless you, as you walk every day with the King.

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Worry Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Worry Series

Part 1 was focused on defining worry. It 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.

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A quick search for worry antonyms is a good starting place.

Antonyms for worry
  • calmness
  • cheer
  • comfort
  • confidence
  • happiness
  • certainty
  • pleasure
  • joy
  • trust
 Looking at the opposite of worry is helpful because it is a motivation to flee from worry. 

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. And, I agree. 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 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

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Worry Part 1

Part 1 of a 4 Part Series on WORRY
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word WORRY? Please jot down your thought before continuing to read this blog post. This is an interactive blog post. So please grab a piece of paper and write down what you’re thinking of right now. Thanks 🙂

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What is worry?

According to the Dictionary
 Worry – a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
Synonyms for worry
  • distress
  • misery
  • anguish

Worry has been described as a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.

“The words fear not occur many times in the Bible. The word of God has no suggestions; only commandments. So if we fear and worry, we are being disobedient, and disobedience is always a sin.”     ~ Corrie ten Boom

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.    1 Peter 5:7  NKJV

casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].      1 Peter 5:7   AMP 

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the opposite of worry?

Write down your thoughts and please share in the comments below 🙂

Now you are ready to read Part 2

Worry Part 2 is focused on finding relief from worry.

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