Three Words Which Absolutely Destroy Worry

Marianne Bernard BIBLE STUDY / DEVOTIONALS, FEATURED ARTICLES 4 Comments

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From The Blazing Center, by Stephen Altrogge

Worry is the act of imagining a future without God.

When you strip it down to its bones that’s what it really is. I worry when I imagine a future devoid of God. I worry when I project my current feelings and discouragements and struggles into the future. I worry when I take God’s love and faithfulness out of the equation. When I imagine a stark and bleak future, a screaming void in which my faithful and loving Father does not exist or act on my behalf. Underneath all the anxiety and fear and confusing emotions worry is actually a form of atheism. It’s acting as if God does not exist.

Psalm 18:46 provides three words which destroy worry and fuel faith: “The Lord lives…”

Don’t pass over those words too quickly. The. Lord. Lives.

My budget is flatlining and we are financially tanking and I don’t see hope for the future! But the Lord lives. The same Lord who owns everything and provides for ravens and sustains galaxies and calls us his children is real and alive and active in your life. You can’t provide for yourself but your budget is not too tight for God. The Lord lives.

Worry is the act of imagining a future without God.

Worry is the act of imagining a future without God.

My child is not doing well spiritually and I’ve tried everything and I don’t have any hope that anything will change! The Lord lives. The same Lord who has saved murderers and prostitutes and Pharisees and drug addicts and money addicts and pastors kids is real and alive and active in your life. You can’t save your child but your kid is not too hard for God. The Lord lives.

My marriage is on the rocks and we’ve tried counseling and we’ve read all the books and I don’t see things getting any better! The Lord lives. The same Lord who created a bride for himself out of rebellious, wicked, God-hating sinners is real and alive and active in your life. You can’t rescue your marriage but your marriage is not too hard for God. The Lord lives.

My spiritual life is dry, and I’ve tried a thousand different things to get it kickstarted, but nothing seems to work, and honestly, I don’t think things are going to get any better. The Lord lives. The same Lord who caused you to become spiritually alive is real and alive and active in your life. You can’t breathe fresh life into your heart but your heart is not too dry for God.

Your circumstances may be bleak. You may not see a light at the end of the tunnel. You may not see any silver lining. But circumstances and tunnels and silver linings are not the basis of our hope, God is.

Don’t be a functional atheist today. The Lord lives. Let’s live in light of that reality.

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I seek first the kingdom of Christ because everything else in this world is perishing. All that I have is from God who is always faithful. I have worked hard all my life and will continue as long as God lends me breath. The mistakes and bad judgments I made in my life all stemmed from me trying to work things out by myself. I have learned the hard way that the victory over all of my problems and the answers to all of my desires lie solely in my Savior, Jesus Christ.

It is now my desire to share the words that God gives me to encourage and give hope to others who need the strength that only faith in Christ can give.

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  1. Awesome article……. When we worry it is doubting God’s supreme pure LOVE for us.

    Romans 2:4-6 ” Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who ” will render to each one according to his deeds.” ” ( Psalms 62:12, Proverbs 24:12, Rev. 14:13, Rev. 20:12 )

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      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, May. You are right that worry comes from lack of faith! Doubt is always a tool the enemy uses to take us down. Christ is alive! He lives to intercede for us and his plan for our lives is in his hands if we have surrendered to him.

  2. Marianne, thanks for giving us these three little words, when strung together gives us all a reason for hope. Let us all continue to put on the armor of the LORD, continue to fellowship with one another, providing accountability in love for one another. Let us remember that of all the world “religions” we are the ones who serve a living God who provides living streams of water and bread like manna to spiritually thrive. I thank my LORD, Yeshua HaMassiach for His provision, protection and reminding us not to worry or be anxious. For in Him we have our hope, our peace, and life itself. It is my prayer that these are the things we meditate on as we come into the holiday season. Be blessed my brothers and sisters.
    Rabbi Eric

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