Saturday, September 24, 2011

Power Thought #6

I trust God completely; 
there is no need to worry!
[Unlabeled quotes are taken from the book Power Thoughts, by Joyce Meyer.]

Hello Bloggy friends!  I found a lot of value in this chapter.  Truth be known, I am a recovering "worrier", on the road to trusting God completely.  Here is the "quick meal" version, for those of you following along and wanting to get the gist of each chapter without having to read the whole book.  God is certainly worthy of our trust...may He give us all the desire and grace to trust Him more completely each day, and a distaste for worry.
“I have heard many people say, ‘I just can’t help it; I am a worrier.’ The truth is that they chose to worry because they did not know how to trust God.  We become good at worrying because we practice it and we can also become good at trusting God if we practice it.  Let your first response in any situation be to trust God, not to worry.  Speak out loud and say, ‘I trust God completely; there is no need to worry!’”

“Trust requires some unanswered questions, and being satisfied to know that God knows what we don’t know.  We know in part, but God knows everything.  He is never surprised or without a solution.”

“It is one thing to know that we should not worry, but it is quite another to stop worrying.  One of the things that helped me let go of worry was finally realizing how utterly useless it was.  Let me ask you some questions: How many problems have you solved by worrying?  How much time have you sent worrying about things that never even happened? Has anything ever gotten any better as a result of your worrying about it?  Of course not!  The Bible is full of sound, proven advice for dealing with worry.  For example the apostle Paul teaches us to be anxious for nothing, but in all circumstances to let our prayer requests be made known to God with thanksgiving (see Philippians 4:6).  He then encourages us by saying that the peace of God will fill our hearts and minds (see Philippians 4:7).  The instant you begin to worry or feel anxious, give your concern to God in prayer.  Release the weight of it and totally trust Him to either show you what to do or to take care of it Himself.”

“Filling my mind with good thoughts is easier than trying to empty it of negative ones.”

Some verses that relate:
Matthew 6:25-34/Luke 12:22-31
Hebrews 13:5
Philippians 4:6-9
Proverbs 3:5
Matthew 11:28
Galatians 5:16
1 Peter 5:6-7


PS: I read a post by Greg Lucas this morning that certainly relates and is well worth can find it here.

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