Mark Affleck

HEY! You Gonna Keep WORRYING in 2020?

January 2, 2020
Spiritual Growth

It’s a NEW year and I am NOT going to talk about making a RESOLUTION. I just want to ask a simple question: Are you starting 2020 with WORRY being a GIVEN in your life?

It’s ok if you answered yes. Heck, we all worry about jobs and people and money and our health and, well, you fill in the blank. We worry about EVERYTHING.
For some, the worry is mild…maybe even microscopic. For others, it’s life-threatening. Either way, this Worry War clouds our connection with God and can even make it IMPOSSIBLE to have a relationship with him.
This view comes from my own personal experience. Battling worry early in my faith walk produced protracted, bloody, and mass-casualty engagements.
But God helped me win the Worry War.
The victory was not because my life had “smoothed out.” My victory came as worry was escalating to unimaginable levels. It was then that I SURRENDERED and gave it all to God.
But the battle does not end there.
The temptation to worry will still come,  even if we are living in surrendered obedience to Christ. We will still be tempted to worry as the world worries. We will still be vulnerable to worry’s destructiveness.
This is earth, not heaven, and we need to call on God for the courage to keep the Worry War from escalating.
When we exclude God from the equation, we necessarily reduce the supernatural power available to help us defeat our worry foe.
The trials and tribulations of life will not cease, but that is not the question. The question is whether we panic or pray. Worry or win the war.
I ask God to teach me how to fully surrender and embrace the truth that all things in heaven and earth are bound to the fabric of his sovereignty.
Are you engaged in a Worry War? What move could you make TODAY to de-escalate the conflict as 2020 dawns?
 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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