I get it. We worry. Our limited nature is inclined to be anxious over things that we have no control over. We cannot see the future, therefore we worry. We cannot see what others think, so we worry. But worries are linked to lies. More often than not, these things that we worry about are untrue. When we worry about what others would say, typically, it was a lie all along when we thought that that person disliked us. As a child of God, it's not just a sin to put our worries at the pedastal over God's Word, but it also serves as an unhealthy mindset. As a child of God, we should listen to Faith more than logic.
Worry in Old English means wrygan or “to strangle, to choke”
In Greek, it means merimnao or “divided mind”
We all know that when we worry, our hearts follow our minds to an unreal place. It separates us from the Truth and we become captives of our own imagination. Dwelling makes us forget who we are and whose we are.
My colleague shared a devotional on this topic and she suggested to apply the PEACE therapy.
P – pray to God Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
E – encourage yourself with God’s Word
A – acknowledge God’s presence in your life Numbers 23:19 (NLT) God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through.
C – claim the promises of God Philippians 4:6-7 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.
E – exercise the ways of faith and trust
I think this is a really great way to keep in step with the Spirit. Let not our nature become an excuse to slip into a habit of being a worrywart. Let’s apply the PEACE therapy together.