2 Steps to Unfriending Worry

2 Steps to Unfriending Worry

by Rev. Michael Mooney
National Association of Christian Ministers



I have never met person (considered mentally well) who desired a life filled with the fear and anxiety of worry -Box A.  To the contrary, anxiety is often associated with phobias and mental disorders (PD, SAD, PTSD).  After all, U.S. National Library of Medicine defines mental illness as reoccurring thought processes which cause mental suffering, and or the ability to function normally in everyday life. 

Of course, the previous is descriptive of the extremities of anxiety.  Nothing in this article is aimed at addressing illness.  People in such conditions likely need professional treatment under the supervision of healthcare professionals.  To the opposite, let’s consider how to manage the “normal” anxiety of everyday living.

Philippians 4:6-7

God’s Word Translation

(6).  Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.
(7).  Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.


2 Steps to Unfriending Worry
Step 1: Realize the True Circumstances:
Fear exploits the desire of pride by the propensity to place confidence in the thoughts and emotions of “our wills.”  These desires are understood by the nature of worry; and measured by the predominance of anxious thoughts.  Therefore, worry is the fear of surrendering control to the God of circumstances.  It is a delusion that we have any control apart from that which God gives us.
Instead of worryingover circumstances you cannot control,
Step 2: Bring your concerns to God by:  
a. Petitioning (asking for “His will” in your life)
b. Praising (giving thanks as an act of worship for his past provisions.)
Outcome:
Because your confidence will be in God, your thoughts and emotions will not be controlled by the prideful anxiety of fear.  Then, God’s peace will supersede all circumstances through Christ Jesus.
References
“Mental Disorders”, Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 15 Sep 2014, retrieved 10 Jun 2016
March 31, 2018

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