Tag: Worry

How To Stop Worrying

Did you know that according to certain experts, there are OVER 100 NEGATIVE symptoms of ANXIETY and WORRY? These symptoms can range from: numbness, chest tightness, feeling dizzy, pounding or racing heart, low energy to feeling like you are going to pass out or faint.
Anxiety and worry can make you ill.
The thing that is important to understand is that GOD didn’t physically create our body, mind and soul to become worried or anxious. We are just not made that way. Whenever we worry, we are actually starting a process of depreciating or damaging our body and mind. Worrying is ABNORMAL to our body, mind and soul hence we eventually begin to experience negative symptoms as a result.

Matthew 6:27 NKJV
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”

Jesus was asking – what value do you add to your life when you worry? Will your problems magically disappear if you worried? Will the desires of your heart appear if you worried? Will you have more peace of mind if you worried?
NO!
WHY?
Because worry and anxiety is a tool of the devil to get you to focus on your problems and challenges and NOT on God who is the ANSWER to your challenges and problems.

Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The first time I read Philippians 4:6,7 was when I was a young born again teenager. I was worrying about a lot of issues in my life at that time and I was led to this verse. I PRAYED, THANKED God, made my REQUESTS as per instruction in the scripture and as soon as I finished praying I felt an unexplainable PEACE just come inside of me. I knew it was the peace and presence of God inside of me and that God had just taught me a life lesson.
God’s formula for us to have peace or an anxiety-free life is that we bring EVERY issue to Him in prayer and that we also have a THANKFUL ATTITUDE inspite of our challenges.

HOW TO STOP WORRYING
Worrying is actually a form of meditation. Meditation requires that you think about a certain issue over and over again. Therefore worrying is a form of negative meditation. The only method of how to stop worrying is by meditating on godly thoughts and God’s promises.
Philippians 4:8,9 requires that we meditate positively on the things that God wants us to meditate on.

Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

So after you have prayed and given your worries to the Lord, begin to continuously MEDITATE on whatever is true; meditate on whatever is noble; meditate on whatever is pure; meditate on whatever is lovely, meditate on whatever is of good report and meditate on whatever is praiseworthy.
In other words, replace your anxious thoughts with GOOD THOUGHTS.
Replace your anxious thoughts with GOD’s PROMISES, GOD’s WORD & GOD’s GOODNESS.
Replace your anxious thoughts by reminding yourself constantly that GOD LOVES YOU, He will never leave you nor forsake you and He wants the best for your life.

Life Application
So stop focusing on your worries – and start to focus on God and His goodness.
Don’t worry but seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the rest will be added.
Think great thoughts; Thoughts that are praiseworthy and meditate on them and on God’s promises.

How Can I Find Peace In My Life?

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … peace …

How can i find peace in my life? Have you ever asked yourself this question? We live in a world full of strife, disagreements, lack of rest and lots of stress. It seems difficult in the midst of our circumstances to find peace.
However, what is peace? How do we find peace? The world may define peace as the absence of war; or as the absence of problems.
However, how does God define peace in a fallen world such as ours?

Peace, from a biblical perspective is a state of rest in the Lord; it is when you are in a state of calm and assurance that everything is under God’s control despite the physical and environmental circumstances.
The Greek word for Peace is “eirene”, which expresses the idea of calmness, completeness, or tranquillity in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances. The word eirene strongly suggests the rule of order in place of outward chaos.

John 14:27-28 NKJV
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The peace that Christ gives in this world is not the absence of problems. Jesus does not promise us that our problems on this earth will seize.
However, He does promise that if we yield to the Holy Spirit and if we rely on Him, we will have peace even in the midst of our circumstances.
The peace that comes from the Holy Spirit is different from the worldly peace and God’s peace has the following attributes
1. This peace can only be provided by God and by nobody else
2. This peace continues to exist inwardly in the midst of outward chaos
3. This peace surpasses all understanding and calms the mind and thoughts of a person
4. This peace rests completely in God and trusts and believes that God is in complete control of any and every situation.
5. This peace will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

According to God’s word, the peace that the Holy Spirit provides can only come by PRACTICALLY doing the following:
1. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING
2. Pray about EVERYTHING and let God know what is on your heart and mind
3. Be THANKFUL to God even in the midst of the chaos
4. Let God know ALL your REQUESTS
5. Completely TRUST and have FAITH in God that He will guide you through
6. Set your mind on good and righteous thoughts. Do NOT continue to focus on your problems.

Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Don’t meditate on your problems any longer. Whenever you focus your mind and thoughts on Godly thoughts and things, you will find that your perspective will begin to change. Focusing or meditating on Godly positive thoughts will lead you to a state of inward peace.

How can i find peace? TODAY. Receive the PEACE that comes from the Holy Spirit.

How Can I Obtain This Kind Of Peace In My Life?
In order to find this kind of peace in your life, you must become born again; you must become a Christian.
A person cannot have true peace without having Jesus in his or her life.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and the Source of peace (Isaiah 9:6).


True peace begins when I become a born again Christian.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST TODAY?

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How Can I Have The Joy of The Lord?

How can you have the joy of the Lord in your life? Is there a difference between the joy of the Lord and the joy / happiness that comes from the world?
The scriptures reveal that joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the joy that is of God is far different from the definition of joy / happiness according to the world.

Acts 13:52 NKJV
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word for JOY when referring to the Fruit of the Spirit is “Chara”.

  • This type of joy comes only from God. The Holy Spirit is the source of this type of joy.
  • It is a supernatural joy.
  • This joy is not based on human happiness nor is it just a feeling.
  • This type of joy will remain and continue to exist even during hard times.
  • This type of joy will strengthen you through your trials.
  • This type of joy exists, not because of the circumstances, but it exists because of the Holy Spirit and it is part of God’s personality.

People look towards money, power, material things and various types of relationships for joy. But the problem of having such things as the source of your joy, is that such joy is short-lived and is temporary. Money can go; power can be lost; material things can burn; and if your joy is based on such things then your joy is temporary and susceptible to the circumstances.

Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Your joy must come from the Holy Spirit. The source of your joy must be God. Because the joy of the Lord is forever. The joy of the Lord is your strength and nobody can take this type of joy away from you.

James 1:2 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

The Holy Spirit is able to allow your joy to remain even through trials. He is able to strengthen you so that your challenges do not overwhelm you.

How to allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to work in your life…

6 Ways To Have The Joy of The Lord In Your Life

  1. You must be a born again Christian; John 3:5-6 says – Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.
  2. You must abide in Christ Jesus; Believe His word and totally trust in Him. In John 15:11, Jesus says “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full”
  3. At ALL times in your life, you must have a thankful attitude – ALL THE TIME. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Having a thankful attitude gets you focused on the good things going on in your life and not on your problems. When you are thankful to God always, you allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to manifest in your life.
  4. Think good and righteous thoughts. Do not worry. Don’t focus on your problems. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”
  5. Be joyful. Rest in the Lord. Give all your issues to the Lord and let God fight your battles for you. Philippians 4:4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
  6. You must be led by the Holy Spirit and not walk in the flesh. Galatians 5:16 says “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy …

TODAY. Be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.

 

Seek God FIRST

We live in a very materialistic world where fashion, money, cars, gadgets and all types of possessions have taken priority over such things as relationships, love, good character and God.
The power of the media, the movies, the music and advertising has made us believe that we NEED MATERIAL THINGS above those things that are Godly, which we can’t touch and see with our natural eyes.

Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Jesus said that we should “seek FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS”.
Are you seeking FIRST God’s kingdom? Are you seeking FIRST God’s righteousness? What are your priorities in life – Is it God or is it material things?

Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The treasure that we accumulate on earth is TEMPORARY, but the treasure we accumulate in Heaven is forever. When we die, we cannot take with us the material possessions we have accumulated on earth; we can’t take that money we have in the bank account; we can’t take our clothes; we can’t take our favorite car with us.
Does it mean then that we shouldn’t desire to have a car or clothes or a nice house? Of course not.
God knows that we want these things. However, God wants to know where your heart and where your priority are between Him and the material things that you desire.
For example, what extents would you take in order to get your possessions? Would you lie, cheat, gossip, falsely accuse in order to get what you want? Would having possessions cause you to stop following God?
Jesus was saying that people follow what their heart desires. If you desire material things, your heart will follow those things above God. However if you desire the things of God, your heart will follow God and His righteousness.

Matthew 6:28-30
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Who is Your Source?
Are you your own source or is God your source? Is somebody else your source or is God your source? When you live, believe and understand that GOD IS YOUR SOURCE for EVERYTHING then you will discover that you don’t need to worry about material things. God is the ONE who will supply all your needs according to HIS riches.
Your focus instead should be on advancing the kingdom of God and on pleasing God. Then as you please God you will be adding to your “bank” account in Heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves cannot come and steal.
Who are you seeking FIRST today?