Bogged down with worries can be exhausting. What to do to rejuvenate yourself to live according to God’s Word?
- When circumstances wants to choke God’s will out of you, express your heart’s desire to do God’s will. “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8). Also admit if you have sinned and chosen to go your own way. “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.” (Psalm 51:4). Give Christ control over your life, allowing Him to be your Lord – Mark 8:34–36. Tell God that you want Him to do His will in and through you. “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
- Recognise God’s presence in your life. The Lord is your life. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4). The Lord is your security. “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39). The Lord is your provider. “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). The Lord is your protector. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10).
- Eliminate the worry producing can’ts, should’s, must’s and have to’s. “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:2).
- See your worry producing situations as opportunities for character building. Initiate new relationships even at the risk of being hurt. Have confidence that the Lord is directing your life even if circumstances don’t work out the way you had hoped. Expect the Lord to make positive changes in you even when you fail. Let your life be an example of growing older gracefully. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
- Cultivate contentment by praying prayers like, “Lord, I want to be accepted, but if I’m not, I won’t be robbed of my joy – You accept me unconditionally.” “Lord, rather than worry about the welfare of my family, I’ll trust them to Your sovereign care.” Luke 18:1 “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
- In your heart implant God’s promises … for contentment (Philippians 4:11–13)…for hope (Jeremiah 29:11) … for strength (Isaiah 41:10) …for confidence (2 Timothy 1:7)
- Thank God for … His comforting presence in the midst of your pain (Psalm 34:18) … What He will teach you through your trials (James 1:2–4) … His compassion you now have toward others in similar trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4) … His sovereignty over yesterday, today and tomorrow (Isaiah 46:10)
- Nourish your body with the right physical activities. Psalm 127:2 “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
- Commit to doing the following every day for the next four weeks: Focus on living in the present – not in the past or future (James 4:13–15); Emulate the godly example of people you know (Proverbs 13:20); Ask God to direct you in performing at least one unexpected act of kindness (Matthew 7:12); Believe His promise – you have the peace of God surrounding you and the God of peace within you (John 14:27);