“Be anxious for nothing, but 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
Although worry may seem like a normal way to live, the Bible speaks negatively about it. That’s because worry is a sin. When you allow yourself to worry, it’s signaling to God that you do not trust in Him. In fact, worry is the exact opposite of faith and is harmful to the human body.
Worry induces stress. Stress causes the body to enter into fight or flight mode. This results in the body shutting down necessary functions such as metabolism and hunger cues. The fight or flight response is important if you’re under attack and need to survive. However, if you’re living in that state constantly with no real threat then you can make yourself sick.
Stress breaks the body down. You need to recover so that your body can rebuild itself. It’s also critical to know that when you’re under chronic stress, your immune system suffers. While your immune system is trying to heal your body from your stress, other pathogens and harmful diseases can prevail against it since it’s being overrun.
Simply put, worry and stress are not good for you, your body, or your relationship with God. But God is good and always gives us a way to overcome sin in a positive manner. Here are some ways you can overcome worry.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Give Your Issues Over To God
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
– 1 Peter 5:6-7
Not only does the Lord want you to give Him your problems, He commands you to. The cure to overcome worry is to humble yourself before God and let Him have the rightful place in your life. He doesn’t expect you to do everything on your own and many people fall into that trap. Usually, people have too much pride to let go and rely on something other than themselves. That’s not how God intended for us to live.
All the great kings of the Bible let God win for them. Whenever they did not have God fighting with them, they lost. Learn from their mistakes and let God fight your battles. Fight the urge to worry and instead, trust God to be victorious in your life.
Strengthen Your Trust Muscle
Having trust and faith in God is like working out a muscle. It’s not easy at first and sometimes it hurts. It makes our flesh uncomfortable to try something new and it can go directly against our emotions. Yet, you can still deliberately decide to trust in God even when you don’t feel like it.
That’s how you strengthen your trust muscle. In time, you’ll see that it gets easier to trust in God because you’ll have a list of times He helped you overcome your tribulations you can look back on.
For example, my brother in Christ recently faced an issue and was struggling to trust in God. At first, I had no words to tell Him other than to trust in God. However, when you’re going through tough times, that’s not always what you want to hear. It’s easier said than done. After praying, I told Him to remember what God has already done for him.
God had worked absolute miracles in his life before- ways that no one could’ve thought of! Therefore, I reminded him of those times and He instantly knew God was going to take care of him and the worry disappeared. He knew I was right. God was faithful every single time he needed Him to be, so why worry now?
During moments of difficulties, remember how God has provided for you up until now. He’s trustworthy.
Trust In The Word Of God
“The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.“
– Isaiah 40:8
The Word of God is timeless. It never changes and is full of golden truths. Worry is based on a lie. It’s the lie that God will somehow abandon His children and not take care of their needs. If we study the Bible, we’ll know that’s not true. God always takes care of His people.
I will always emphasize the importance of studying the Word of God. There are many scriptures that can be used to combat worry. Here’s a list of scriptures to help you defeat worry.
Besides studying scriptures, pray daily, and tell God your problems. Express your need for Him in your situation and trust that He will fix it.
Fight With Spiritual Warfare
Worry is a form of fear, which is a powerful demon. This is good news because the Bible tells us how to deal with demons. It tells us to cast them out, just like Jesus did. That means you can command demons to leave through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus.
If you’re struggling with worry, address the evil spirit, and say out loud:
“I am a child of the King of the universe, YHWH. Through the bloody sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, I have the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I command the spirit of fear to leave this home. I declare my body a holy temple of the Holy Spirit and no unclean spirit is welcome in or around it. This is holy ground. Therefore, fear must leave immediately. I refuse to allow you to stay any longer. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”
Of course, you can change or add whatever you want to that prayer. Just be sure to address the spirit through the power of God and command it to leave.
Worry is a tactic to torment a victim. Make it known that you will not allow the devil to do that to you. The just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4).
Make A Decision
“Can worry make you live longer?“
– Matthew 6:27 CEV
A lot of things in life can be overcome just by making a simple decision. The enemy can only cause us to worry if we let him. Therefore, it’s important to come to the decision that you won’t worry no matter what.
It doesn’t matter what it looks or feels like, I’m determined to trust in God. You don’t have to feel a specific way to make a decision. It’s something you make up in your mind regardless of emotion. It’s not always easy, but it’s certainly possible.
Refuse to allow outer circumstances to determine how you feel on the inside. Dictate your own thoughts and emotions and don’t give them over to the devil.
Ask God To Reveal Your Moments Of Weakness
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
– Matthew 6:27
We all have things that bother us more than others. That’s why it’s important to ask God to reveal those things to you. It’s easier to point the finger at someone else and tell them what their problems appear to be, but we have to look in the mirror. Ask God, “What areas am I neglecting? What is causing me to stress? Where am I not trusting in you?”
This is a very hard thing to do, but it can produce the most change. When we go directly to God, we can trust that He will show us. Most of the time, we’re worried about an outcome that may never happen. Just because it’s a possibility does not mean that’s what’s going to happen. So what’s the point of wasting your energy to be worried about it?
When you study the Bible, it’s clear that God does not want us to be worried. So if worry is an emotion we deal with, that means God must have provided us a way to overcome worry. A few tips to overcome worry include:
- Cast your cares on God
- Take the opportunity to grow your trust in God
- Use spiritual warfare
- Make a tough decision
- Ask God to show you your weak spots
Overall, we should do all we can to overcome worry. It’s harmful to our health and spiritual walk with God. Kick worry out of your life for good by deciding to trust in God and His Word!
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