For several years a woman had been having trouble getting to sleep at night because she feared burglars. One night her husband heard a noise in the house, so he went downstairs to investigate. When he got there, he did find a burglar. “Good evening,” said the man of the house. “I am pleased to see you. Come upstairs and meet my wife. She has been waiting 10 years to meet you.”
That’s a funny story but it brings out something we all identify with; worry and anxiety. We all worry about one thing or another and some of us dwell there thus becoming captives of fear.
Matthew 6:25 (AMP)
25 “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life,
Philippians 4:6 (AMP)
6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything,
The bible tells us not to worry, in fact, Jesus commanded us to STOP being worried or anxious. Worry never got anything accomplished; all it does is hold its host captive so that you are not able to do anything else.
The root word from which the word worry is derived from means “to strangle” and when you really think about it, that is what worry does to you. When you accommodate worry it holds you hostage and begins to slowly strangle the life out of you. It kills your joy and faith. You become miserable negative and the bearer of negative news.
Accommodating worry and anxiety in your life is to open up a door for other things like strife, stress, ulcers and even pain to be a part of your life. Depression and other physical ailments begin to develop in our life when we accommodate worry. No wonder Jesus told us to STOP being worried.
Worry and anxiety are an inside job; they spring out of wrong thinking about people and circumstances. In fact, someone said that worry and anxiety is faith in the negative. It believes that every bad and evil thing that could happen will happen and there is nothing you can do about it. To worry is to believe that God is not concerned about you and He will not or does not have the capacity to help you. Whereas faith causes us to believe that all things will work together for our good, worry and anxiety believe that all things will work together for your downfall.
Worry is a sign that you do not know God and you do not believe His word.
Are you worried today? Has anxiety taken you hostage? Jesus says DO NOT WORRY! He is looking out for you, trust Him!