On this edition of BotROCK | Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy:
Featured Artist: Preye
Song Title: Ebezina!
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:7
I trust you have been having a great week. I want to start this edition of BotROCK with a simple confession that I learnt from Mark and Trina Hankins. You should learn it also. It goes: “God is on my side, for the blood has been applied. Every need shall be supplied. Nothing shall be denied. So I enter into rest. Because I know I am blessed. I have passed the test. I will get God’s best!” Those are fighting words that will get you through any trying situation you will ever face in life. If you didn’t get the words you can visit www.ourcornerstone.church to listen get this edition of the program.
As a Christian that should be your attitude at all times, because indeed God is on your side. Therefore what or who can be against you? So why worry?
Why you Need to loose Worry & Anxiety!
I admit, when you look at the situation in the Country and even the world over, you may have legitimate cause to worry and be afraid. The exchange rate skyrocketing, prices of commodities hitting the roofs, and so on. It would seem that the average person is unguarded against anxiety and worry. But if you have really accepted Jesus as your Lord, you need to understand that you are not an average person, you are the Child of the living God.
Therefore you have been designed to live a worry and anxiety free life.
Unfortunately that’s not the case most of the time. Because pretty often, worry comes knocking at our doors.
Some people actually think that worrying is normal. I have actually met a Christian who said: how can I not worry? But worry and anxiety are major factors that hinder God from working in our lives. I like the proverb that says worry is like a rocking chair, it keeps you in motion but takes you nowhere.
Beyond that, the motion of worry actually gets you exhausted physically, mentally and most importantly, spiritually. That is why God desires that we live a worry free life of rest. Jesus said come to me all that are weary and I will give you rest. Right now I believe Jesus is still making that call, even to Christians. Jesus wants to give you rest and carry your cares. 1 Peter 5 says you should cast all your cares on God, be it, your children’s school fees, or your marriage, or the economy, because He cares for you.
However worry is one of the most difficult habits to overcome. And interestingly very few people are immune from it. But I can assure you of one thing, as a Christian you can overcome the habit of worrying. Let me share three things you can do to overcome worry.
Dealing with Anxiety: 3 Steps to living Worry-Free!
First, take God by His word. In simple terms, trust that what God says in the Bible about you is true and build your life on it. This is very important. The Bible is full of many promises from God that guarantees that you live the best life that you can ever live. For instance the scripture says, God will work everything for your good because you love Him and are called according purpose. I call this a number 1 worry buster, if you can trust that what God has said this scripture is true.
This scripture guarantees that once you love God and that is simply obeying His commands, it does not matter what happens in your life, God will always turn it around for your good. For instance you lost your job in these trying times, if you can only take God by His word and obey Him; you will see God turn that loss of Job into prosperity.
Let me ask you a question. If you knew that the loss of your Job will be the gateway for you to start a company that will go global, will you be worried about losing your job? I doubt it. That is the kind of experience God has promised in the Bible, so learn to take God by His word and trust Him and you will have less worries in life.
Secondly, turn your Worries to Prayers. Philippians 4:6 says do not be anxious or worried about anything but in everything by prayers and supplications with thanksgiving make your request known to God. God wants you to be very sincere with Him in prayer. so He says to you, whenever there is worry in your mind don’t dwell on it, rather take it to Him in prayer and thank Him for working that problem out for your good. When the scripture says do not be worried about anything, it actually means anything.
I learnt something sometime ago, worry is an indicator that I desire something, and God has promised to meet my desires. So instead of worrying about the situation, I tell God my desire.
For instance, worrying that you won’t be able to pay your bills, means that you desire to pay your bills. So rather than worrying on how to pay your bills, go to God, who is your good father and tell him to meet your desire and thank Him for providing the money.
The thanksgiving is very important, because after you have prayed, thoughts of worry will come back but instead of giving in to them, thank God for He has heard you and He will answer you.
Worry is an indicator of your desires, and God has promised to meet your desires. So instead of worrying about the situation, tell God your desires!
The third way you can overcome the habit of worry is by Speaking Positively Always. Work towards never giving your worry a voice. That is a big mistake. Jesus said in Mathew 6:31 do not worry saying…
If you speak your worries it establishes it in your mind and keeps you worrying continually. Rather when you notice a worrisome thought in your mind, immediately say something positive about it.
For instance, if you notice a thought like where am I going to get the money to pay my rent in your mind, rather than saying it out of your mouth, consciously say God will provide all my needs. Say it even if you don’t know how it will happen. It eliminates the worry on your mind. The more you say the positive things, it weakens the power of worrisome thoughts on your mind.
When I say speak positively, I mean only speak words that are in line with what God has said in His word concerning the situation you are worried about.
Remember, the scripture says when men say there is a casting down, you should say that there is a lifting up. That is what will distinguish you in the economic climate we are experiencing in the country today.
If you continually practice these things, you will realize that that over time you will be completely free from worry and you will enter into the rest that Jesus came to give you -living and worry and stress-free life!
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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