The Truth About Worry, Part One

I once heard a saying, “What would we do without good, old worry?”

Actually, if you are a born-again child of God, worry is a deadly habit. Worry is the chain around your life preventing you from living.  The act of worry steals from you the abundant life that belongs to you through Jesus. It’s also a sin. Romans 14:23 (Amplified Bible) states “The man who has doubts (misgivings, and uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats … stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without conviction if its approval by God is sin].”

WOW!  Did you get that?  Whatever does not originate from faith is sin.  That means all doubt, all unbelief, and all worry is sin.

Now you might ask, “I can’t worry about anything?” And, I would say you could, but it’s a sin.  Just as faith comes from hearing and meditating on the WORD of God, fear comes from meditating on satan’s lies.  It walks hand and hand with unbelief and the Bible calls it evil.

Remember the story of the ten spies in Number 14:27?  Moses sent them to check out the Promise Land. When they returned they gave what was called an “evil report.”  Their report was evil because it was based on fear, not faith.  Their report could have told the Israelites they could conquer the land and it was full of the goodness God said they would find. However, the spies stated “Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak (giants) there.”  Verse 33 states “… and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

When you worry, you are taking that same position. When it comes to operating by faith or fear there is no in between.  This is the reason it’s impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).  Faith is what connects us to God and enables us to receive His blessings.  Fear disconnects us from God and connects us to the devil.

Actually, what we call fear was originally Adam’s faith.  When Adam sinned, that powerful spiritual force became perverted or twisted opposite to the way God created it.  As soon as fear showed up it separated Adam from God.

However, God loved us to much to let these conditions remain.  So He implemented the plan He had made before the foundation of the world.  He made a blood covenant with Abraham.  God promised, “If you’ll walk with Me by faith, I’LL BLESS you and your seed and make you a BLESSING to all the families of the earth.  I’ll make you heir of the whole world” (Genesis 12:2 and Romans 4:13).  As a result of what Jesus did through the cross and the resurrection, He extended that same covenant promise to all who believe on Him.

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith…For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,… And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise (Romans 4:13, 16; Galatians 3:29).

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