BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 6:25-34; MATTHEW 11:28; PSALM 34:4:73:25-26; PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26 AMPC
Worry is one of the things I must confess I still struggle with and I know that God will deliver me permanently from, with the help of the Holy Spirit when the time is right. Jesus Christ commanded us not to worry and I know it is a sin to worry because what I am inevitably saying is, I doubt God’s ability to solve the problem, but the truth of the matter is I do not doubt God and I am thankful that God judges us by our hearts and He can see that I honestly believe He can do it but I just do not know how worry creeps in sometimes.
A few years back, worry was the main thing in my life, I worried about everything under the sun, but recently I realised, I don’t worry as much anymore. I can’t really say what happened but I guess God started His work in me concerning this issue without me even knowing. I recently noticed when I start to worry, I immediately start speaking in tongues to build up myself in faith. I no longer wallow in my own thoughts; I immediately bring up all the things causing anxious thoughts in me and take it to God in prayer. I have somehow learnt without me knowing when I learnt it (if that makes sense), that only God can help me with my anxious thoughts. Only God’s light can drive away the darkness worry brings to my life. As long as I am praying in the Spirit, I feel strong and the anxiousness in my heart disappears. I have learnt to run to God with my anxious thoughts. I don’t just keep worrying as I used to, I immediately take those thoughts to God and confess to Him that I am anxious and immediately start praying in the Spirit. Sometimes I have to pray for a whole day or two before the anxious feelings leave me and sometimes it takes just five to ten minutes and I am okay.
God is not asking us to live a lie or deny our weaknesses, He expects us to be truthful about our weaknesses and bring them to Him in prayer. We worry about things that are out of our control, but the enemy likes us to worry because at least he is making sure we do not have peace. Worry breeds doubt and weariness, and what the enemy is trying to do is, if you doubt God then maybe he can convince you to try it his way. He always has a solution ready for every situation, a solution you will regret in later life. But that is where he has failed. I know God can solve my problems and if He does not solve them I will continue to praise Him anyway. I have come too far to compromise my faith or look for a solution outside of God. What the enemy meant for evil to destroy my peace (worry) has helped me learn how to lean on God even more and wait on the Holy Spirit to guide me through my anxious moments. It is a battle of the mind and with the Holy Spirit’s help, I am getting better at learning how to deal with worry. I go to Jesus Christ with my anxious thoughts and He relieves, eases and refreshes my soul as I stay at His feet with my burdens. He has never failed me, it might take some time but I stay at His feet till I get relief and I can testify there is no time He has not lifted those burdens off my heart. Do not be tired or weary of taking your burdens to Him. Let the Holy Spirit pray for you as you honestly don’t know what to pray about when you are anxious. David in Psalm 73 said “Whom have I in heaven but You?”, start your prayers this way when worry comes if you do not know what to do. This verse has been my go to verse for many years and I still find myself saying these same words to God every time I am worried about something. He will ease the burden when you take them to Him and the anxious feelings in your heart will be replaced with feelings of rest and peace.
Brethren, WORRY IS A TIME WASTER, a tool of the enemy to bring chaos into your life and it brings darkness in the mind. Take all your burdens to God, lay them at His feet and watch as light is introduced to the mind and hope is restored into a situation that looked hopeless as you remember God’s promises and love for you.
- Pastor Tinu Olashore