The Secret of Victory Over Worry

J. Arthur Rank, an English executive, decided to do all his worrying on one day each week. He chose Wednesdays. When anything happened that gave him anxiety and annoyed his ulcer, he would write it down and put it in his worry box and forget about it until next Wednesday. T … More

Worry

Paul starts off by telling the people how much he loves them and longs to see them (v. 1). He then tells two women in the Church to stop arguing (v.  2) and for others to help them (vv. 3-5). Paul takes time in this chapter to explain how we can have victory over another joy robber, worry . (vv. 6-9). What is worry?  It is when our hopes are pulled in one direction, our fears are pulled in the opposite direction, and we are pulled apart. It is a fact that worry has definite physical consequences such as headaches, neck pains, ulcers and even back pains. From the spiritual point of view, worry is wrong thinking (the mind) and wrong feeling (the heart) about people, circumstances and things. The only way to conquer worry is for us to meet the conditions that God has laid down in His Word:

  1. Right Praying (vv. 6,7) - When we find ourselves worrying, the first thing we should do is get alone with God. “ Most of us tend to pray about the “big things” in life and neglect to pray about the “small things” until they grow and become “big things.”
  2. Right Thinking (v. 8) - II Corinthians 10:5 says, “casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalth itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” This consists of the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report with virtue and praise.
  3. Right Living (v. 9) - James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the Word, and not hears only.” We can not separate our outward action from our inward attitude. The apostle Paul not only taught the Word but lived it so his listeners could see the truth in his life.

Application

There is no need to worry! Worry is a sin!  I need to take time to read Matt. 6:24-34 again and apply it in my life.

Philippians 4:1-7 (English Standard Version)

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.

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