If I were to ask you which addiction do you think is the worst one, I’d probably get answers like: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. But those are not the worst addiction because they can be dealt with by getting deliverance, getting into the Word of God, and exercising self-control. I’m not minimizing that they’re very challenging but they are able to be overcome.
The worst addiction is worry! Why? Because when you worry you negate your faith and without faith, you have nowhere to turn except the world and we know how that works. Without faith you can’t please God and you can’t get Him on your side to help you. That’s why worry is so evil.
Worry is a form of fear and fear is the opposite of faith. Worry is fearing what might or might not happen. It’s actually the opposite of trusting God and God won’t answer fearful prayers, just like He doesn’t answer begging prayers, which are fearful prayers. And if you do pray a prayer in faith, getting back into worry will cancel your prayer and you have to start all over. That’s not a good place to be because it opens the door to the devil to come right in and beat you up!
When you worry, not only do you open the door for the devil, but you open the door for discouragement because you won’t get your prayers answered and you’ll be tempted to give up and quit.
How many ways can I say that worry is deadly? Even mothers think it’s their God-given right to worry about their children. But that’s one of the worst things you can do for your children because it opens the door for the very things you’re worried about to come right in. Worry draws to you the very thing you don’t want. It’s like waving a red flag for the devil! And he will definitely charge you!
So what do we do about worry and how do we stay free and in faith? Good question. First of all, you absolutely need to get into God’s Word and find out what He says about your situation. His Word always works but if you don’t know it, you can’t really stand on it and believe for it to operate in your life and situation.
Remember, you can’t have faith beyond your knowledge of God’s Word. Right there I think I lost some people because most Christians don’t value the Word of God as their very life.
The next thing is to rebuke the devil and the evil worry thoughts he perpetrates against you because God’s Word trumps anything the devil throws at you. You’ll have to stick with resisting the worry because you probably have perfected it to a science and it will want to hold you in bondage. [I Pet. 5:8; James 4:7]
Worry will even speak to you when you take a stand against it. It will tell you that you’re not a good parent or friend because you’re not worrying about the situation. But as we know, the devil is a liar and we should never believe a liar! [John 8:44]
So, let me leave you with this thought: if you want God to answer your prayers, you must, and I say must, resist worry as if your life depended on it and it actually does! Get into God’s Word and fill up with His promises and His way of doing things and watch how your prayers will begin to work for you and not against you.
Colossians 3:15 (KJV) 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Philippians 4:6 (AMP) 6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) 7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
You can do it — Pamela