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Worry is a bad thing. God tells us that we should not worry, but instead should trust in Him. Sometimes, though, that is the hardest thing. Yet, the Bible tells us numerous times that we should not worry.

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”  ~Psalm 55:22

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”        ~John 14:1

I have had my periods of worry. I can tell you firsthand how destructive it is. I know how very hard it is to give up my worries and give it all over to God. But worry is a spirit that binds your own spirit, paralyzing it. It holds you hostage and deceives you by making you believe that worrying will help you find solutions or be productive. But that is a lie! However, the lie is what makes it so hard to give up the worry and give it to God. And that is right in line with the devil’s plan. If you are paralyzed you can’t minister to others as effectively and your own faith is compromised.

Worry in a church can spread through the congregation like poisoned water spreads through a community. Members become ensnared in its powerful grip as faith breaks down and hope begins to fade.

People stop looking to God to take care of them, to manage their problems and they take it all upon themselves. This only leads to more problems, opens the door to more worry.

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” ~Proverbs 12:25

It also hinders your ministry. Worry has a way of stalling you, stopping you right where you are. You become so mired in worry and your problems that you can’t think or see beyond it. You may have a ministry, you may reach people, but it can’t grow. It cannot reach its full potential while worry is holding you hostage.

The only way to defeat the devil as he uses your problems and worries to his advantage, is to have faith and not let worry pervade your life, your thoughts, your faith in God. It is pointless, has no value.

“And who of you being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they not toil nor do the spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” ~Matthew 6:27-29

So give up your worry, cast it away and give faith a shot – put your trust in God. He won’t let you down.

“And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” ~Matthew 6:30

Stop looking around you for answers. Stop letting the anxiety and worry eat away at you. Look up and give your worries to God.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” ~1 Peter 5:7

He cares about YOU, He truly does. He knows about every single worry that you have and he cares about each and every one, whether it is a job interview, a grade on a test, financial problems, marital issues or anything else. NOTHING is too big or too small for God to get involved in. All you have to do is let Him.