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Training for the Worry War

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Matthew 11:28-30

You hear me speak often about worry — this is because I believe that it’s one of the greatest barriers to living a full and abundant life in the Lord. It’s also one of the most prevalent states of being in our daily lives, especially in this crazy world. So today, I want to encourage you that worry, while it cannot be completely eliminated, can be replaced by God’s Spirit and His thoughts.

One of the most insidious things about worry is that it’s often motivated by love. For instance, we might be anxious about someone’s well being because we care so much about them, and because we want them to enjoy their life. However, I want to emphasize that, although it may seem like the right thing to do, worry is not something that helps us or the other person. Although fretting feels like a responsible thing when we understand the weight of a situation, the reality is that it steals our joy and clouds our thinking and our vision. Worry is not the same as responsibility.

Although it will require training and discipline, I believe that winning your personal war with worry is one of the most worthwhile battles you will ever fight. And here’s the good news: it’s not a matter of willpower or of trying harder. In fact, the truth is that there’s only one thing that can displace fear and anxiety and that’s the Holy Spirit. Spending time in the Lord’s presence through prayer and worship is the only way to effectively conquer the pervasive power of worry in your day-to-day life. We will talk more about how to do this in the coming days, but for now, I want to encourage you with the thought that you are a person of peace. In Jesus, worry is not your default status, and with training, you can become a spiritually healthy individual who holds onto faith regardless of external circumstances! Isn’t that good news?

Prayer


Jesus, I choose to take your easy yoke upon my life today, regardless of my worries and cares. Please replace my anxious thoughts with your Spirit’s power.

Reflection


What do you worry about? Do you believe that spending time in Jesus’ presence will help you surrender that fear?

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