Fear, worry and stress! There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. We don’t usually invite them in but they barge into the middle of our lives. Even when we experience victory over these persistent foes, they are sure to return on another day. We need to expect these unwanted attacks. It is possible to plan and prepare to be active against fear, worry, and stress instead of letting them take over.
Last week’s blog post was an invitation for you to visit the Stop Worrying E-CourseThe course is very short, simple and practical. The purpose of the course is to give you some tips to use on the spot when stresses of life start to surround you. When we are truly feeling overwhelmed and worried we don’t have the energy to wade through much study material. At the end of the e-course, there is a link to a 4 – part blog series. The series goes more in-depth about the problem of worry and stress. Reading the series will allow you to delve deeper into the subject of worry.
We are indeed living in uncertain times. Many people are experiencing fearful and anxious thoughts just as a result of hearing the daily news. Worry, fear and stress seem to be everywhere we turn today. The truth is that Christians are not exempt from worry!
Praise God that we know where to turn
When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3 NKJV
Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30 J.B. Phillips
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
Don’t live as a slave to your worries. You can take steps today and find freedom.
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.
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.
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
Repeat as often as needed
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 ♥
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.
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.
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.
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
Worry Part 3 will be coming soon.
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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 🙂
What is worry?
According to the Dictionary
Worry – a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
Synonyms for worry
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 🙂