What are the ‘things’ you worry about? Is it your finances, career, children, or your future? What about what others think about you? The list could go on and on about the various worries each of us have in our lives. The original Greek word for worry literally means to have a divided mind, or to divide into parts.
Do you ever wonder if you can get rid of the worry in your life or is it consuming you and you don’t know what to do? I want to share a couple thoughts which hopefully will be helpful overcoming the worries in your life.
In Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus is teaching those who were gathered around him about not needing to worry. He had just been teaching them about money and how we cannot serve both God and money at the same time. It is one or the other. (the choice is yours) He then proceeds to teach about worry. Worry is often misplaced trust. People don’t trust God or they don’t know how to. Jesus leaves a clue in verse 33 regarding how to overcome worry.
vs. 33- “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
1. Seek His Kingdom
The first key in overcoming worry is to seek God’s Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is the King’s Domain. Where He dwells. To seek His Kingdom involves action.
2. Talk about them.
Be honest with yourself. Acknowledge worries and have people pray for you. Confession is a powerful principle. As you confess your worries, you break the power and control it has over your life.
3. Gain Perspective
Perspective is everything. Ask yourself tough questions. Sometimes people major on the minors. Gaining a clear perspective of your situation can help you overcome your worries.
Can you add to this list?
The world is filled with all types of noises that bombard us on a daily basis. These noises consume, distract, overwhelm and even have the potential of bringing us harm. We cannot pin the entire blame on media. There are numerous sources in our lives where these noises come from. They can come from our homes, our workplaces, and even our own thoughts. Whether you know God or not, He desires these noises to reduce so that you can come to know Him and experience His peace.
Many of us would love to experience rest, but we do not know how to, or we are even afraid to. Whatever your reason is, God’s heart for you is to be at peace. Colossians 3:15 states: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” God wants peace to rule. Not noise. Not fear. Not lack. Peace!
Peace does not come from outside of us, it is an inward work. It is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Many of us try and gain peace buy spending money, filling our bodies with drugs or alcohol, establishing relationships which only bring destruction, working harder, never achieving true, lasting, deep peace.
We must allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate peace in our lives by daily surrendering ourselves to His tender care and being cautious of the noises we listen to. Listen to the words of Jesus… “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
(John 14:27 ESV)
May this be your reality!