May 28, 2001
“Therefore do not worry . . . .” (Matthew 6: 31)
© 2001 by Mary Ann L. Diorio, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved. This devotional may not be copied, in whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without the written permission of Dr. Mary Ann Diorio. Copies may, however, be forwarded by email or printed out for personal use. All copies must be forwarded or printed out in their entirety.
Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Worry has been defined as a malfunction of the imagination. To worry is to submit our imagination to the force of fear rather than the force of faith. When believers submit to fear, they are not functioning properly. God made believers to function by faith. Anything that is not of faith is sin (Romans 14: 23). Therefore, worry is a sin.
Perhaps you’ve never thought of worry as a sin. Perhaps you’ve considered yourself to be a responsible person because you worry. To worry, however, is to act irresponsibly. Why? Because worrying clouds logical thinking and results in poor decisions. More significantly, worrying opens the door to Satan and his influence in your life.
When God commands us not to worry, He is implying that we have the ability not to worry. God would never command us to do something we could not do. So what can you do to break the worry habit? Here are some helpful tips:
- Decide and determine that you are going to obey God’s command not to worry, no matter what the cost.
- Do not give in to feelings of worry. Resist them in the Name of Jesus.
- Remember that worry is a spirit; therefore, you have to deal with it spiritually. If you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, pray in tongues. Use the Word of God to resist worry. Speak the Word aloud whenever the spirit of worry tempts you.
A wise person once said, “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.” Don’t let worry empty your today of its strength. Instead, replace worry with trust in God. When you do, not only will all your todays be filled with peace, but so will all your tomorrows.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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