Phil 4:6-7 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. TLB
Do you worry? How can something that feels so noble cause me to have so much fear and emotional pain? You know, worrying seems to be proving how much I care about someone or something. Let us take a look at the scripture above and see what it says about it. First of all, its admonishes me not to “worry” about anything. Come on! Who can really do this one? Worry seems to be an automatic response of an emotion of caring. For some reason I believe this to be true. I do really care when I worry. Could the falseness be found in who I am really worried for? Could this be a selfish act in disguise? Could the act of selfish worry really create an entrance into my soul where fear would flourish?
Let us take a look at Webster Dictionary definition:
Can you believe this? I thought for me to “worry” was a noble act, that it was proof of how much I cared. Have you ever had an experience of feeling like someone was strangling you or feeling like you were choking at times for no apparent reason? Or that you just could not get enough air? Have you ever had a panic attack? I would like to suggest to you that this could be the fruit of the selfish act of worrying. Who is doing this to me you might ask? I believe it is directly associated with the act of worrying. Our stinking thinking is strangling the very life out of us. We then can experience in the natural world as someone with their hands around our throats. I have had people ask me to pray for them with this problem of feeling like someone or something was strangling them. When I shared with them that their problem is the act of worrying they are in disbelief. I say to them, “You must trust in God and not in your worrying. Stop your worrying for you are in the act of agreement with false assumption”. A false assumption is not a reality but comes from a false perception. A false perception is a perception that is not true. So worrying comes from a thought that is not even true. We must own our own thoughts and perceptions. We are responsible for what we think and do. I am not responsible for others but I am responsible for me and how I think.
To worry means we are tormented. Like Webster says it is a persistent, nagging of attention we give unto ourselves. This tormenting is based on a lie that comes from a false perception. The scriptures say that when we feel tormented it is an unclean spirit. Do we really want to fellowship with unclean spirits?
Webster also says:
Could this be true spiritual warfare? It appears that the dark side of the spiritual world would like to afflict upon me a mental distress and agitation. How can this happen you might ask? The only way the dark side can cause me mental distress and agitation is for me to be in a working relationship with it in how I think. I have entered into an agreement with darkness and myself. I have been deceived by my selfishness for I thought I was being noble when in truth I was trusting myself and not God with all of my life’s circumstances. How can I truly get free? We must just repent. Repent of being selfish. Repent of thinking we are being noble to worry. Repent of not trusting God with all of our life’s circumstances. Repent of being in agreement with the power’s of darkness. Next time we will look more into this verse and how not to worry.