From a Worrier to a Warrior
Renowned Christian businesswoman, Mary C. Crowley once quipped, " Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway. " Oh, that it would be so easy for the rest of us. One of the greatest weapons the enemy wields against the children of God is worry. It is parasitic in nature as it feeds off of the willing host. Worry becomes anxiety and anxiety breeds fear and fear can lead to panic. Worry may sound the more benign of these terms but it is a feeding ground for the enemy to plant more and more doubt in your heart against the knowledge of God. The dictionary defines a worrier as:
Someone who torments oneself with or suffers from disturbing thoughts; troubled; plagued.
The world minimizes this; referring to such people as "worry-warts." The definition however reveals the true nature of worrying. The person is troubled and plagued. They are suffering from self-inflicted torment. Remember the enemy only presents you with something to consider he cannot make you do anything. The considering itself is self-inflicted. It is only reinforced by the world system. The world constantly reinforces the need for therapy for your past, that your present is never good enough and the utter doubt of your future. The object is never for relief, only for continual worrying. The therapies of the world are geared to help you cope that is live with your problems. It is not geared for releasing them. That is the difference. The world wants you to learn to live with your problems while Jesus takes them from you:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:7
Jesus does not say cast your cares on your psychiatrist. He does not say to medicate your cares away. He says to cast them upon Him. God understands how easily this world can weigh you down:
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 28-30
The enemy is a harsh taskmaster and the yoke of the world is unforgiving. Take a good look around and see the weariness on the faces of those in this world. The sheer burden they carry. That is because they are worrying in their hearts about one or more areas the enemy yokes them to. They are yoked in worry to their past, their present or their future.