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Becoming Worry-Free

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 
1 Peter 5:7

It was early in the morning around three o’clock. I awoke with a startle. A concern that I was “worrying” about was on my mind. I tossed and turned and thought how I could handle this problem.

Suddenly it was as though God spoke to me, “Quit studying your problems and start studying the promises that I’ve given you in My Word.”

Some of those promises popped into my mind.  I remembered Psalm 34:4: I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. I remembered the passage we have for today. I remembered that God promised He would take care of me. He has told me not to worry.

Becoming worry-free is a process. In her book, “Calm My anxious Heart,” Linda Dillow tells us that the process begins when we:

            1. Acknowledge that anxiety is sin and confess it as such to God.
            2. Yield to God’s sovereignty. Thank Him that He is the Blessed Controller of your
            3.  Choose to cast your anxiety on God.
            4.  Choose to trust God with your tomorrows and live for today

I have learned to handle my worries by praying immediately when the concern enters my mind.  Reading God’s Word and thanking Him for His blessings also places my focus on God and removes it from me. Focusing on God causes the little fears and worries that attack us to scurry away.

To be worry-free, we must place our relationship with Jesus Christ first and everything else second. Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to Him.

When we were young children, we ran to our parents when we were hurting or had a concern. We didn’t worry because we knew they would take care of us. God our Heavenly Father wants to do the same for us.

God is there to carry the load for us.

Georgia Andrus

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