Earlier this week I posted Part 1 (A Game Changer for People who Worry About…Anything) of this 2 part series on Worry. You may want to read that before reading this one.
So, the obvious question is “Doesn’t everyone worry? Isn’t it just part of the human experience?”
Isn’t it just a Way of Life?
2) Worry isn’t a Way of Life. In fact it’s the opposite of the life God wants us to live.
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?“ Matthew 6:27
Worrying doesn’t change the situation, it just causes you a bunch of stress and fear.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.- Corrie Ten Boom
Instead listen to this:
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:6-9 (NLT)
Verse 6 says, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God…”
Humbling myself under the mighty power of God…that sounds like what I do when I worship. I recognize my position and His power!
I believe you can worship away your worry.
When I worship, my attention is redirected away from what I see right in front of me to the object of my worship.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
There’s tons of context here but I want you to see the imagery of lifting my eyes off my worry and up to the hills to see the help coming.
Worship is a secret weapon for you. I realize not everyone is the same, but when I get worried, or stressed. When I’m facing temptation. Any number of things… I turn on worship music. It changes the atmosphere.
Taking that thought even further
Paul says this in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
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.
No one can pray and worry at the same time.- Max Lucado
The translators of the Message say “Let your praise shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.” You have the power to turn your worry into worship. Telling God exactly what you’re worried about and focusing on Him, His goodness toward you, and His example of faithfulness throughout Scripture, history and your life.
Whenever you’re worried…worship!
Focus less on what has you down, and focus more on the One who can lift you up!
I’ve been praying for you this week!
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