God wants us to give our situations over to him and completely take our hands off. If all your heart is trusting the Lord, everything will be given to him. It doesn’t say “some of the heart” and it doesn’t say “trust your heart.” You must believe the word above your feelings. When you get your eyes off God and on the problem, it will get bigger and bigger.
What does worry mean? Worry is a continual bothering. Sometimes we can worry and not even realize that we are worrying. There will always be something in life that we can worry about.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
“Be careful for nothing” means don’t worry about anything, instead pray for everything. God’s peace will keep your heart quiet.
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Matthew 6:25
Jesus said don’t worry about things; His grace is sufficient for everything. Don’t worry at all about having food or clothing. Why be like the heathen? They take pride in, and are deeply concerned about those things. Jesus says he wants us to be completely different than the world. Every one of us, in time, will be tested about if we will have enough to eat or drink.
It is about trusting God with all your heart. There will be times when worry will come. When worry comes, the scripture will help you through the trial. When I was told about my lung cancer, years ago, my first thought was, “everybody with this type of cancer dies within a year.” My next thought was, “trust in the Lord”. Next, I thought, “my days are numbered.” I then thought, “Everybody’s days are numbered.” Then the thought came to me again, “trust God with all your heart.”
We are living in hard economic times, but to have peace of mind and joy, we must trust. Stress says, “the things I am involved in are important enough to merit my impatience and my lack of grace towards so I can keep my tight grip of control.” God wants us to give them over to him and not have a tight grip on things. Worry is caused by doubting Jesus.
Jesus was not worried when he went to the cross. Daniel was not worried when he went to the lions’ den. When we get sanctified, we commit ourselves to God. When something worries your mind, it constantly bombards it from the Devil. We are in a fight and we are responsible to cast down every thought and bring it into obedience to Christ. Worry is a choice. It is an emotion. You can choose to worry or to trust God. God wants you to trust him and rule over the situations of life.
The focus of worry is 50% on things that will never happen, 30% on things of the past that cannot be changed, 10% on gossip and what people say about you, and 10% about health. That totals 100% of what worry is focused on. God doesn’t want any of us to worry.
When discouraging thoughts come, sing a song or quote a scripture out loud. Put something else in place of the thought. You must fight a good fight of faith. When you cast the thought down, replace it with something good. Worry is an attitude and emotion and a choice. Choose to serve God.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Pet 5:6-7
Worry has an underlying attitude of pride. It says, “God doesn’t love me enough” or “I can face it alone” or “God is not big enough.” We need to give it to God. We must throw it on the Lord because he cares. When we think we are strong enough, it is pride. To turn it loose, you must humble yourself. You will tell God to do it however he sees fit. If you hang on, you will not be able to rest. If there is pride, you are still taking control instead of giving it to God.