When you are overwhelmed and overthinking has become a part of you, God has something to say about that. When fear whispers its predictions in your head, God has something to say about that. When all seems lost and hope is absent, God has something to say about that. When sleepless nights have become commonplace, God has something to say about that. When worry is your number one enemy and it keeps on attacking you, God has something to say about that. God says that you shouldn’t worry and you shouldn’t fear. You might have heard that God says not to worry about 365 times in the Bible. He means it. He knows it’s important and He knows we need to keep hearing it. God tells me all the time not to worry and to fear. He often says it before something bad is about to happen. He prepares me and He warns me. These warnings started being more evident in 2019 and they have been clear ever since. Our head tells us to panic. God says the opposite. Our bodies want us to shake and tremble with fear. God wants us to do the opposite. God is against all negative thoughts, all negative emotions and all negative feelings. God tells us that there is never a good reason to worry. If we focus on the bad things that are happening, we will always disagree with God and believe that we have the right to panic and to fear. However, the Bible teaches us that we should not walk by sight but walk by faith. Listening to God tell us not to fear is listening to faith. Putting it in action is walking by faith. God says not to worry and He has provided ways for us not to worry.
Now, it is crucial to keep in mind that God tells us not to worry all the time. He doesn’t have pockets of time when He indicates that we should worry. He doesn’t say not to worry when all is fine and worry when things get tough. He doesn’t change His tune. He doesn’t change His mind. We are not meant to be worriers. We were designed to be warriors of God. Warriors of the faith. Warriors who keep fighting against fear, doubt and worry. God has given us an armor to fight the good fight of faith. The Word of God declares, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”* What’s part of this armor? There is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the readiness from the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. There is a lot to unpack here and God has equipped us well but we tend to forget about this gear of faith. The belt of truth is amazing. We have the truth in the Word. Remember that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We have the belt of Jesus. He is our truth and He promised that the truth would set us free. He says the truth and He tells us we have no reason to worry. He is the reason why we can conquer worry and why there is always hope. He is our eternal hope so no matter how bad things are, we have the truth that reigns over all situations and He tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can be strong through the power of His might relying on His everlasting truth.
Thanks to Jesus we have been made righteous and we know that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. Friend, if worry is attacking you, pray. Pray against it. Pray so you can resist it and to be strong against it. God will give you peace. You will walk in the shoes of the gospel of peace. I often declare the peace of the Lord. I declare it over the situations that worry me and God gives me peace that surpasses all understanding. His peace is phenomenal and it crushes all worries and fears. Speaking against worry is very effective. We have the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and we ought to speak the Word against all negativity. It works so beautifully. Speak the Word as often as you can, friend. Let your mind and your heart hear you speak the Word of hope and worry will have no power over you. I have found that the words of hope and encouragement in the Word are swords that destroy fear and that pierce worry in its core. The Lord tells us to resist the devil and he will flee. Let’s resist fear and worry with the armor of the Lord. Let’s do it consistently. Worry will lose its grip on us. There is always hope with Jesus. Jesus knows that no situation is hopeless and we should be aligned with His line of thinking. We can do this, friend. We are well-equipped and we have an amazing Father. Let’s not worry and let’s not fear. Let’s put all our hope in the Lord God almighty! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Ephesians 6:11*; Ephesians 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:8