Pastor Eddie B. Woodard
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF WORRY & ANXIETY
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
The word worry means to torment oneself with cares and anxieties.
It seems that worry partners with other spirits like regret, stress, anxiety, and fear to bring the mind and body into captivity.
Every time we worry, we are actually tormenting ourselves.
No one else is making us do it or doing it to us--we’re doing it to ourselves.
When we worry, we’re allowing our minds to dwell on difficult circumstances, overwhelming fears, and other stresses that are weighing us down.
We’re consumed over actual things we’re facing or potential situations that may never occur.
Worry causes extreme distress to all areas of our bodies.
It prevents us from sleeping, impacts our relationships, affects our appetites, and causes us to perform poorly at work.
We often tend to worry about what matters the most to us.
It is also the place where we tend to trust God the least.
We worry about things we’re stressed about.
Something we’re facing at work or at home, with a friend or family member, or a fear that has overtaken us that we can’t seem to overcome.
And when we are stressed, we look for ways to cope. Some choose denial and others choose substances abuse. Some seek isolation.
Imagine that worry is a fire. The more we allow worry to occupy our thoughts, the more fuel we are putting on the it.
The more we do this, the bigger the fire will get and the harder it will be to put out later.
Most of our worry is directed toward things that might happen.
The truth is that if you’re worrying about it, You are not controlling it, it is controlling you.
It does nothing but make the problem bigger.
What if you didn’t worry at all?
How much extra time in the day would you have to devote to things that are positive and actually make a difference?
The return on your investment would be unbelievable!
What if productivity, Joy and Peaceful Living were a Fire. How much bigger would those things get if your poured as much energy into them as you do worry?
Next week, we will take a look at what Jesus had to say about worrying and how we can stop this harmful cycle. How we can let go of worry and never let it have it’s way in our lives again.