All of my life I’ve been a worrier and I’ve never considered that worry was a sin. It shuts out the presence of God because it’s doubting the character of God. In what ways do we doubt Him? We doubt He loves us enough to give us goodness. We doubt He’s wise enough to give us direction. We doubt He’s powerful enough to provide for us. Thus, we worry. Worry also causes us to justify other sins like cheating and lying as we’re so desperately scrabbling to care for ourselves.

Unfortunately, most Christians rarely characterize worry as a “big sin” like say–adultery. Have you ever heard of anyone being shunned or even being put on the critical prayer list because they are a worrier? However, worry is a horrible insult to the character of God! Can you imagine your own child walking around worrying about whether he was going to be fed, clothed or loved? If she did, people would wonder ”who are her parents?” When we are worriers, what kind of impression are we giving others about our Father in Heaven?

We worry we are relying on ourselves instead of God. Our pride which must be brought into check. Humility engages us with God. His Word says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:5-7) Pride feeds the giant of anxiety; humility crushes it with God’s peace. When we constantly place ourselves in the unshakable presence of God, we learn to RELY on the truth of this verse: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalms 55:22) We learn that our strongest power play is made on our knees. God makes us wise, strong, confident and compassionate so when people see us, they see Him.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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