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How Do I Stop Worrying?

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Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

What is causing you to worry? To have anxiety?

You have a choice. You can either worry about the future and it won’t be in your control. Or, you could choose not to worry about the future and it won’t be in your control. 

When we worry, it doesn't work; it just upsets today. It doesn't control tomorrow, it just ruins today. In fact, worrying is one of the least productive things we can do. It never changes our situation. It does, however, change our attitude and make us miserable. 

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).

So, if we know worrying does nothing, then why are we so tempted to worry when things are uncertain? It’s going to take more than your willpower to stop worrying. It takes doing these four things:

1. Get to know God.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:32, “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things” (The Message). 

You’ve got to get to know God! As a believer, you have a heavenly Father who has promised to take care of you. You are God’s child, and children get special privileges. When you worry, God says, “You’re my child. Why are you acting like an orphan? I will take care of you.”

2. Put God first in every area of your life.

Matthew 6:31-33 says, “Don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing . . . your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (TLB). 

Any time you take God out of the center of your life and put anything else there—no matter how good it is—you’re going to worry. 

3. Live one day at a time.

The Bible says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NCV). 

If you’re worrying about tomorrow, you can’t enjoy today. You miss today’s blessings. It’s okay to plan for tomorrow, but you have to live for today. 

4. Trust God to care.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). 

How do you do that? One way is to memorize God’s promises in the Bible. If you are reading more social media comments and articles, TAKE A BREAK. If what you see online is affecting you, it's okay to shut it off and pray instead or read your Bible instead.

Another way is to pray. If you prayed as much as you worried, you’d have a lot less to worry about.

What’s the result of taking these four steps? Incredible peace of mind. 

“You will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand” (Philippians 4:7 TLB).