As a saint, you no longer act like the world. This is why do don’t go out drinking on Friday nights, share the latest dirty joke with your friends at work, use foul language, or smoke and take drugs. The reason you don’t do these things, like those who are in the world, is because you are holy. But let me ask you this question: Do you worry and fret and battle anxious thoughts like the world?
As saints, we have no trouble seeing the ways of the world as sin, but have you ever considered worry as sin? What does the Bible have to say about worry and anxiety? Look at these words written by the Apostle Paul:
“BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING,, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 NKJV (emphasis mine).
In other words, Paul wrote, ” Do not be anxious about anything.” Therefore, being anxious and worrying about things is sin, because God commands us not to worry or be anxious about anything, The reason God considers it sin is because we are not trusting Him with our lives and our daily needs. This is how the world often acts, but you are no longer of the world, and God expects you to act like you are one of His children whom He cares for very dearly.
Jesus also addressed this problem with worry, when He said:
“Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 NKJV.
Jesus had more to say about this, but what I want you to notice is that He again said, “Do not worry.” When you worry and fill your mind with anxious thoughts, you are focusing on your circumstances instead of the Lord. God is your source and He wants to meet all of your needs, He also wants you to trust Him to take care of you and help you with everything you are doing.
So how do we keep ourselves from acting like the world, and being full of worry and anxiety? You will be happy to know that the Bible gives us simple principles to help us live free from worry all the negative emotions that plague those who are of the world. This also includes; grief, confusion, anger, frustration and bitterness, and any other negative emotion that weighs you down and keeps you from living a life of joy and peace. First, let us look at the words of the Apostle Peter, when he wrote:
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at due time, CASTING ALL OF YOUR CARE UPON HIM, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV (emphasis mine).
Other translations more accurately read: “Casting all of your ANXIETY upon Him, for He cares for you.” In other words, God told you exactly what to do about your anxieties and worries – cast all of them upon Him! In fact, He doesn’t want to to carry any of them. He is quite pleased to carry them all Himself, because He knows that they are too much for you to carry on your own. That is how loving your heavenly Father is. Isn’t that wonderful to know?
So many of us carry these heavy burdens on our shoulders day after day, when it isn’t necessary at all. Then we try to turn around and tell the world how wonderful it is to know Christ, when they see you burdened down with the same things that weigh them down. This is not how God intended His saints to live. He wants them to live the abundant life, full of love, joy and peace. It is these very qualities that make the life of a believer so attractive to the world, and this is what you want the world should see in your life. Don’t you agree?
Now in the Book of Psalms, we find a very similar Scripture. It reads:
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 NKJV.
This means that whatever is burdening you down, whether it is worry, fear, grief, anxiety, confusion, doubt, or any other negative emotion, you can just cast it upon the Lord. When I was a young teenager I began to practice the principle found in these verses. When I did, the Lord gave me this revelation: If you have truly cast your burden on the Lord, you should no longer feel the weight. This doesn’t always happen immediately. You have to develop your faith and trust in the Lord, until you are able to cast your burdens on the Lord and leave them with the Lord. The moment you start to worry about them again,,you have taken them back upon yourself. So what do you do then? You cast them back on the Lord and leave them there. Then keep your mind focused on Him and not on your circumstances. With practice, you will become stronger and stronger in this area.
Now after you cast your burdens on the Lord, ask Him to work out that situation for you, and then leave it with Him. You will be amazed how He is able to turn the most difficult situations around. As you can see, it is so important to learn how to trust God. This is why we read:
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV.
By practicing this verse in everything you do, you will learn to trust Him to work out every situation in your life, even the difficult ones The more you apply it, the more you will see that God is worthy of your trust. Don’t try to figure out how He is going to do it. Let Him answer your prayers all by Himself. He doesn’t need your help. Then in all of your ways, acknowledge that He is the One who is working things out for you, and He will direct your paths. In fact, He will smooth everything out for you.
You are holy, dear saint!
This is Day Seventeen of a 31 day devotional on The Life of the Saint.