Every time I pray, I declare that I have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. Why? Because God says that over and over again in His Word and I believe what He says. He promised to put a shield of protection around me. This shield has multiple purposes. It protects my body, my mind (with my assistance), my soul and my spirit. It requires faith and I trust that it is there. It’s God’s protection that allows me to get up every day and to face the day no matter what comes my way. I have nothing to worry about because things will change for the best. They might be tough for some time but they always get better. I have nothing to worry about because God is right there with me all the time. I can’t change that. It is true and it is true for you as well. You are in God’s presence. You are not alone. Think about that. This week you have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear not because I am saying it but because God declares it over and over again.
Worry is a joy-killer, a love-thief and a peace-destroyer. It is also the opposite of faith so it has some potential to really bring things down and cause damage. I was talking to a parent the other day who called herself a worrier. It is very easy to be a worrier. It happens mostly when we don’t have hope or we don’t believe things will go well. Being a worrier takes practice. We don’t become a worrier overnight most of the time. It takes repetition and in a strange way dedication to the worry thinking patterns. We have to keep giving in to worry to become a worrier and unfortunately it is not a difficult thing to do. Now, think about what God is insisting on. He is insisting on the fact that He will stand by us and that we have nothing to worry about. Problems don’t change that.
Problems will come. We can’t escape them. The other thing we can’t escape is God’s presence. As you are reading this message, God’s presence is there with you whether you feel it or not. This means that the creator of the universe, the One who can do all things is always there with you. You don’t have to feel Him to expect deliverance from your problems. You don’t have to see Him to know that He is protecting you. His shield of protection is in place. Worry and fear will try to blur your mind so you are not aware of the protection but if God says it is there then it is there indeed. Worry and fear have no right to lie to you about God’s protection but they always do. It’s time for you to speak the truth against them and to stand your ground and declare that you have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. Stay in the truth. Hope is always by your side. You are protected. You are loved by the One who can do all things! Do not worry and do not fear!
Suggested reading: Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 8:38-39; Philippians 4:6-7