How many of you remember the show Unsolved Mysteries? Growing up I remember my mom watching it on a regular basis, but I wanted no part. I was scared and would flee from the room as soon as I heard the eerie opening music. I had no interest in seeing what new psychopath was still on the loose, nor what he would do if he found me. The thought of who might be lurking in the shadows sent chills down my spine.
It wasn’t just this show that had me spooked. I didn’t like being left alone and I never watched the news because of the abundance of negative reports. Having to present a current event in my history class was like a death threat, because I was forced to read about the often melancholy happenings of the world. Even throughout my teenage years I harbored this fear. The reason being that I was terrified one of these tragic events would happen to my family or I. Worry and anxiety secretly consumed me, and before I even knew the Lord I would pray to someone for the protection of those I loved.
After accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior I realized I’d been living in a type of bondage. These outlandish thoughts were out of control, and it was time for me to put them under submission. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV, the Bible instructs us to ”…cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” That’s exactly what I began to do! It didn’t come easy at first, but in time I trusted that God truly hadn’t given me a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7) and my sound mind would now be filled with positivity. I learned how to reject the poison the Enemy tried to feed me, because I realized that God valued the safety and security of my loved ones as much as I did! His love for us knows no bounds, and as any father would, He protects His own.
As a new mother I found that old habits die hard. Although I knew Alexandra was growing healthy and strong in my womb, I had to fight to keep my mind from going to that place where bad things happen. Thank goodness for Holy Spirit! He reminded me that worry is a sin. Worry means that we don’t have confidence or faith in The Almighty to do what He said He’d do, and I had no intention of letting my own sinful doubt reign supreme! I knew God would take care of my daughter just as he’s always taken care of me, and anything that says otherwise is a bold-faced lie.
His desire is to do the same for you! I urge you to join me in releasing the burden of worry (anxiety too) and operate in faith. Do not let your mind become your own worse enemy, and please let me know how it feels to have the weight off your shoulders!
Matthew 6:25-34 AMP
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
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