Greg Laurie on What to Do When Worry Seeks to Kill You

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Charlie Brown said, “I have a new philosophy; I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” That’s an insightful thought about worry.

Anxiety, fear and worry are big issues in our nation today. And now medical experts are telling us the prevalence of anxiety across the country and around the world has reached a crisis level.

When things are going well, we worry about how long it will be until they start going badly again. Yet Jesus said, “Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matt. 6:34b, NLT). In other words, you have enough problems to face today, so don’t start worrying about tomorrow and the day after and a week after and a month after.

So, what do we do when worry hits? What do we do when we’re suddenly filled with anxiety? What do we do when we’re overcome with fear?

When we find ourselves filled with anxiety, worry and stress, we need to take out the trash. The trash is picked up once a week at our house, and I’m glad about that. In the same way, we need to give our worries to Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Pet. 5:7).

In the original language, this signifies a definite act of the will by which we choose to stop worrying and instead let God assume the responsibility for our welfare. It’s essentially saying, “I’m deliberately choosing to not worry about this. I’m intentionally throwing this on God and putting it in his hands. And I’m leaving it in his hands.”

You don’t empty your trash once a month. You do it weekly and sometimes even daily. It’s the same with our worries. Sometimes we have to keep coming back to the Lord again and again. Some days we have to bring it to Him more often than other days, depending on what we’re facing in a given moment.

God cares for you. He is mindful of you. Let that sink in for a bit. He wants to take your cares. He wants to take your worries and anxieties. In fact, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28, MEV).

Jesus also said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). We learn three things about God from that brief verse: God is our Shepherd, God is our Father and God is our King.

God is in control of our lives, and nothing catches Him by surprise. He knew it was coming. And if something is a concern to you, then it’s also a concern to Him.

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SOURCE: Charisma News