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Why Worry


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Why Worry

  2. 2. • CAREFUL translates in the Greek as “ANXIOUS”• ANXIOUS means Extreme uneasiness of the mind• ROOT WORD CARE means• Suffering of MIND• A disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension and responsibility.• A painful or watchful attention 2
  3. 3. • SUPPLICATETo make a humble entreatyAS TRANSITIVE VERBSTo ask humbly and earnestly ofTo ask for earnestly and humbly• EARNESTA serious and intent mental state 3
  4. 4. Why do we worry?People worry for many reasons but alsobecause they lack knowledge of the future andfear of the unknown. In our world today,•We worry whether our children will be safe,responsible, well adjusted.•Our children worry whether they are living upto expectations.•Societies and governments worry abouttruancy.•Doctors worry whether the diagnosis of theirpatients is correct and likewise patients worrywhether the treatment given them will enablethem regain health. 4
  5. 5. We always subject ourselves to a constant state of worry over•Finances not enough to meet bills and otherexpenditures•Relationships, Problems at work•Family, Problems with the law•Problems in Church•Interview•Sometimes over issues we have no control overJob 14:1 "Man that is born of a woman is of few days,and full of trouble (Job 14:1)." An old Chinese sayinggoes: "the mind is man’s best friend or his worstenemy."•The word TROUBLE translated from the original Hebrewlanguage is COMMOTION, RESTLESSNESS, DISQUIET,ANGER, FEAR, NOISE and RAGE. 5
  6. 6. We cannot “….Be strong in the Lord and in thepower of His might” if we continually worry.When we worry,• We deny God a hand in our situation• We fail to see God as the GUIDE and sustaining POWER of our DESTINY• We are blind to see God’s way of escape for us• We do not have His fear in as, for His fear is the beginning of wisdom• By our actions we render His word powerless in our lives 6
  7. 7. Proverbs 4:20-22When we worry, we allow ourselves to be pulledapart. Our fears on one side and our hopes anddreams on the other.• WE AFFLICT OURSELVES WITH MENTAL DISTRESS OR AGITATION• As we remain in our Mental Distress, the word of God in us becomes quiet, stifled and in some cases insignificant as WORRY takes centre stage.• By this we encourage anything but the LIFE that was promised by God• Instead of good health, we embrace ill health as a direct result of our actions. 7
  8. 8. There will be times in our lives when trialsand temptation will come our way. How wedeal with them will depend on1 Corinthians 10:13How much word of God we have in themidst of our heart•How will the word of God has shaped us•How in tuned our spirit is with the HolySpirit•Positive experience over time. 8
  9. 9. IS WORRY A SIN?If by concentrating or dwelling onthoughts that•Distrust the promise and providence ofGod•Exalt themselves above God’s•Will lead us against the will of God•Will cause us Physical, emotional andspiritual distress or harmThen yes, WORRY is a SIN 9
  10. 10. PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF WORRY (ANXIETY AND STRESS)•Weakening of the immune system, makingyou more likely to have colds or otherinfections•High blood pressure•Upset stomach, ulcers and acid reflux•Anxiety•Angry outburst•Increased rapid heart- beat and heartpalpitations•Panic attacks•Depression 10
  11. 11. • Mood swings• Low self-esteem• Low self-worth• Cardio-vascular problems• Increase in blood sugar levels• Irritable bowel problems• Backaches• Tension headaches or migraines• Sleep problems• Chronic fatigue syndrome• Respiratory problems and heavy breathing• Worsening of skin conditions, such as eczema 11
  12. 12. SPIRITUAL EFFECTS OF WORRYWhen worry (Anxiety & Stress) leads tomental and physical disorders in us, ourtestimony of our Lord becomes corrupted.The real question here is how does it affect usspiritually.•1 Corinthians 6:19 19 What? know ye notthat your body is the temple of the Holy Ghostwhich is in you, which ye have of God, and yeare not your own?•1 Corinthians 3:16 16 Know ye not that ye arethe temple of God, and that the Spirit of Goddwelleth in you? 12
  13. 13. WHAT THEN CAN WE DO•Isaiah 26:3 (HCSB)You will keep the mind that is dependent onYou in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You• 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)We must bring "into captivity everythought to the obedience of Christ. 13
  14. 14. "Sow a thought, reap an action.Sow an action, reap a habit.Sow a habit, reap a character.Sow a character, reap a destiny!"Finally Francois Fenelon 14