Of course you don't worry -- Do you?

If I’m worrying it’s a sure sign that I’m trying to figure it out and handle it myself.

Oswald Chambers:  “One of God’s great DON’TS

KJV – Fret not thyself (Psalms 37:8) in any wise to do evil.

AMPLIFIED – Fret not yourself – it tends only to evil doing.

Do you believe what is said here or do you think the eternal Word of the living God exaggerated?  Do you believe that you sin when you worry?

In addition to that verse consider these:

Psalms 37:5 – Commit your way unto the Lord, trust in Him and He will do all He sees necessary.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Don’t trust yourself.  Trust whole-heartedly in the Lord and He will straighten out everything.

2 Chronicles 16:9 – The Lord looks for those who obey Him to show Himself strong on their behalf.

2 Peter 1:3-8 – Everything we need plus great and precious promises for every situation to maintain a high standard.

John 14:13-15 – Ask anything.

2 Corinthians 1:20 – All the promises YES in Christ.

All of these verses are commands, some contain warnings and some include promises.  If you don’t like the first one – will you waste time in picking and choosing those that appeal to you?  One thing is glaringly clear.  If I fret and worry I am sinning because I am disobeying by not trusting.

How can God handle anything which is still tightly-gripped in my hand?  Worry is not wise personal concern.  It is a Christian infidel making atheistic calculations that leave God out completely.  If I’m worrying it’s a sure sign that I’m trying to figure it out and handle it myself.

If I walk with the sunlight behind me there is always a shadow in front of me.  But that shadow is always a shadow of myself.  How can I stop this SELF from casting a shadow over everything?  If I walk toward the LIGHT there is no shadow.  This is the message (1John 1:5) God is LIGHT and in Him is no darkness at all.  So I can choose to dwell (Psalms 91:1) in the secret place of the Most High and not live behind the shadow of SELF but remain stable – unfrazzled – under the shadow of the Almighty - - Whose power no force can withstand.

No fear or worry or fretting over:

         world conditions (Psalms 103:19) He is Sovereign

         family situations (1 Peter 5 :7) He cares

         personal needs (Philippians 4:19) He will richly supply

So (Philippians 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything.

This does not mean that we substitute presumption for common sense and call it faith.  If I need a job I’m not to lie in bed and say I don’t worry because I’m trusting God for a job.  That is not faith – it is stupid and lazy and dangerous.  Do I expect some employer to come knocking at my door and beg me to work for him?  If I’m praying for a job, I’d better work full-time looking for one.  Don’t be anxious.  Anxiety can become an addiction as surely drugs or anything else.  Christians are to be free from all forms of bondage.

Worry will not disappear just because we say we won’t worry anymore.  If you or a Christian you know is a slave to worry – always anxious – that is living in Shadowland.

Maybe prayer??  But what is the good of prayer?  Lack of prayer will cause the Life of Jesus in us to suffer because that Life is nourished by prayer.  Prayer is not to get me things but that I will get to know God Himself.  The better I know Him the more I’ll trust Him.  Prayer puts me in touch with reality.  As long as I am self-sufficient I will not pray.  It’s not so true that prayer changes things as it is true that prayer changes me.  Prayer is not a question of altering things but of God working wonders within me.  Prayer is coming into definite contact with Almighty God about everything.  True intercession – only on Redemption Ground.  Then we can (2 Corinthians 10:5) take every thought captive – be transformed (Romans 12:2) by mind renewal – and choose to think (Philippians .4:8) on these things.

If I might make one suggestion it would be to read the ‘Joy Book’.  Remember the Holy Spirit chose a man in prison to write Philippians.  That alone should convey something very important.  But don’t just read it.  Take time to meditate – ponder – probe its secrets – search for rich veins and extract gold nuggets and priceless jewels.  But don’t do it alone – do it in loving communion with the gracious Holy Spirit, Who is willing to patiently teach – guide – explain.  Remember – without the Holy Spirit this Book could not have been written and – although anybody can read it – without the Holy Spirit it cannot be experienced. Make your requests known to God (Philippians 4:6-7) – That is the OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT GOD with thanksgiving and God’s peace will guard your heart and mind.  He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9) and He has called you into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

I love these words from Oswald Chambers and I want them to be true in me.

“When the Holy Spirit sees a chance of glorifying Jesus – He will take your heart, your nerves, your whole personality and simply make you blaze and glow with devotion to Jesus Christ”

We can produce joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him no matter what. 

An old preacher said – you may tremble on the ROCK but the ROCK will never tremble under you.

So – like I said – Of course you don’t worry – do you?

This is one of the little love songs I wrote to sing to Jesus (I borrowed the tune from – I’m walking with Jesus each step of the way)

I’m trusting in Jesus each moment, each hour,

For He has all wisdom, all love and all power.

My times are in His hand – He has planned all my way,

So I’ll keep trusting Jesus, He’s the JOY of each day.

Here is the Golden Rule for worriers (Philippians 4:6) –

Worry about nothing

Pray about everything

There is only one thing that should cause you to really – truly – deeply worry.  That is if anything you own or desire to own is more valuable to you than your Bible.

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