How to Resist the Temptation to Worry
Everyone experiences uncertainty at times, moments when you don’t know what will happen. And while you may not be able to control the situation, you can control your reaction to it. As a child of God, you are not subject to fear, worry or anxiety. Jesus made this clear when He said, “Don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” (Matthew 6:31-32).
To overcome the temptation to worry, put these steps into practice:
1. Trust in God’s Word
Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seeking the kingdom of God begins with the Word of God. Begin digging into the Word for yourself. Don’t base your spiritual growth only on what your pastor says on Sunday morning or even what you hear from a Spirit-led minister. While those are excellent ways to learn, your primary source for growth needs to come from your personal time of study and reflection (Romans 10:17).
2. Resist the Enemy
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Your spiritual enemy, Satan, would like nothing more than to keep you plagued by worry and fear. As you seek the kingdom of God, commit to resist the thoughts that contradict what the Lord has spoken to you (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
3. Be a Giver
Giving is one of the best ways to get your eyes off of your own situation. It is also a tangible expression of worship that says, “Lord, I trust in You to meet my needs even as I meet the needs of others.” Luke 6:38 shows just how important giving is when it says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
4. Live a Life of Love
In 1 John 3:23, God gave us an important command: “We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.” God desires that we live a selfless life of love and reflect His goodness and grace wherever we go.
You can resist the temptation to worry or fear no matter what situation you face. Begin putting these steps into practice today and enjoy a more peaceful and fulfilling life!