November 22, 2021

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)
Recently I was asked the question if I thought worrying was a sin? As I thought to my response (James 1:14-15) came to mind. It is by our sheer nature that we are sinful creatures; it wasn’t God’s Plan from the beginning, but due to sin coming into the world, we are now, by nature, sinful. Paul said it this way in (Romans 7:18), “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”
I responded, ‘Worry is not sinning; it becomes sin if we allow it to consume us or take precedence over our faith and trust that the Lord will see us through.’ I also shared with him what (Psalm 118:5) tells us, “Out of my distress, I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” In turn, I asked the person if he had called upon the Lord to calm his worried heart? His response was, no, he had not.
Friends, are you worrying about something right now? Are you feeling alone? Please know you are not alone (Psalm 118:6-7) tells us, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.” Do not be worried; the Lord has this thing! Would you pray with me?
Lord, You know the difficult things I am dealing with right now. You know how my mind works and will not let me stop thinking about these things. I am feeling stressed and so unsettled. I am worried about what is going to happen. Father, please take my burdens and the “what if’s” from me? Help me to focus my thoughts on You and not worry about what could happen. Lord, help me to take one day at a time. Please lead and guide me and take control of all my concerns. Please give me Your wisdom and fill me with Your peace. For it is in Your Precious Name that I ask these things. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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