Have you ever come across people who are constantly worrying about this or that. You know the type. They worry when things are going bad. When things are good they worry because things might get bad. Did you know that the bible tells us that worrying is a sin. Scripture tells us in Matthew 6:33-34 that " But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things".
The context of this passage is the sermon on the Mount, where Jesus shares the secrets of spiritual victory with his disciples. Like most of us, the disciples were fretting over so many things. They worried if they would have food to eat and clothing to wear.
Jesus reminded them in Matthew 6:28-30
" So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith".
The key is faith. If we look at another scripture Romans 14:23, it tells us that " Whatever is not from faith is sin". Which is why worry is a sin. Worry is also a type of fear and fear is the opposite of faith. With opposites you cannot be one and the other at the same time. You cannot worry and be in faith at the same time. When you are in faith, you are not to worry.
God wants us to walk in faith. In Ephesians 2:8 the Bible says we are saved through faith. In James 5:15 the Bible says the prayer of faith will heal the sick. In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. In James 1:6 we are told that if we want wisdom all we have to do is ask, but if we don’t ask in faith, the Bible says in verse 6, we won’t get anything. And in Romans 14:23 it says that anything that is not of faith is sin.
So, who needs faith? According to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, only those who want to be saved, healed, who want wisdom, who want to please God and who want to stay out of sin need faith. To me that makes faith extremely important, and it also explains why Satan hates it.
Worry is a tool of Satan. He knows that if he can get you to worry, you will not be in faith. When you are not in faith, you will be ineffective as a Christian. So today I will tell you the same thing Jesus did. Do not worry. No matter how bad things look, do not worry.
Remember, as Christians we walk by faith and not by what we see anyway. So when things look bad, look through the eyes of faith and worry will flee.
Stay in Faith,
For those of you seeking God in prayer to whatever challenges you are facing here are a few verses to stand on:
1 John 5:14-15 - " Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him".
Psalm 91: 15-16 - " He shall call upon me, and I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation".
Psalm 145: 18 - " The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth".
Jeremiah 33:3 - " Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not".
Matthew 6:8 - " Your Father knowest what things you have need of, before you ask him".
Matthew 7:7-8 - " Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened".
Matthew 21:22 - " And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.