My friend Stephen over at Fractured Faith Blog posted about being a Christian and struggling with worry. You can read his post here
I commented with this:
I’m the world’s worst worrier. I have this one fear that lately has been choking me and I end up crying myself to sleep over it.
I know the Bible tells us not to worry and I try my best to live by what the Word says but worry and anxiety are so intertwined with my being. It’s a daily struggle but I know the Lord has my back and will get me through this.
I’ve been focusing on Philippians 4:6-7 to get me through this one particular fear: “Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
To worry is to be human. But the Bible clearly tells us not to worry. Its easier said than done, right?
I am struggling with a particular fear that just won’t leave me. No matter how hard I try and no matter what I do, Satan knows its a weakness of mine and ever so slyly will slip this fear into my mind day after day until it consumes me. Until it becomes all I think about. Until I begin crying myself to sleep, obsessing over it.
So how do I combat it day after day? I focus on Scripture and spend as much time with God as I can. I fight it every single day. It’s a daily fight.
I will always struggle with worry. But I won’t let it defeat me. And neither should you.
When you find yourself worrying….when a particular fear threatens to take over….just call on the Lord. Cry out to him. He longs to take care of us.
Yes! Amen! He always takes care of us and He’s always waiting for us with open arms.
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As long as we live in a fallen world, the enemy will always try to whisper lies to us and tell us negative things to bring us down. I’m reminded of theApostle Paul and the “thorn in his flesh.”
2 Corinthians 12: 7-10:
“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I have anxiety and tend to worry as well. If God does not take away this infliction, I have come to see it as my dependency on God, much like Paul did. He pleaded three times for God to take it away. How did God reply? “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
In this weakness, I can be made strong, through God. The power of my anxiety is taken away when I take it to God, and allow Christ’s power to rest on me.
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Amen!! I don’t know if you have listened to it, but the song “Define Me,” by Jonny Diaz has helped me during times I struggle, just as a nice reminder.
Peace be upon you!!