How to Stop Chronic Worrying

Worries become well-rehearsed recordings in your mind. You know you shouldn’t worry, but you can’t seem to turn the worry recordings off … then you worry about your worrying.  How do we stop this ongoing worrying?

listeningFortunately God doesn’t simply say, “Stop worrying,” without telling you how to stop worrying. Although your thoughts and memories can’t be erased, the recordings can be replaced.  Philippians 4:6–9 tells you how to stop the worry recordings in your mind:

  • What does God say to you about worrying? Philippians 4:6 “He says I am not to worry.”
  • What does God say you should do instead of worrying? Philippians 4:6 “He says I am to express my concerns to Him in prayer.”
  • What does God want you to pray about? Philippians 4:6 “He says bring everything to Him.”
  • What kind of attitude does God expect you to have? Philippians 4:6 “He says I am to have a heart of praise and thankfulness.”
  • What does God promise if you give Him your worries? Philippians 4:7 “He says I will have incomparable peace of heart and mind.”
  • Acknowledge what you worry about. Evaluate every worry against each point. Ask, “Are my thoughts true … noble … right … pure … lovely … admirable … excellent … praiseworthy?” Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
  • What does God say you should focus your thoughts on? Philippians 4:8 “He says I should replace my negative thoughts with those that are truthful, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy.”
  • What does God say about how you should act? Philippians 4:9 “He says I am to act in a way that reflects His character.”

Change your focus from worrying to resting in God’s sovereignty. Psalm 34:10 “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”