Worry, worry, worry. Life seems to be full of worry. Worry about a loved one. Worry about our job. Worry about our car. Worry about bills. Worry about our house. Worry about our health. God did not create us to live worried. Some people worry so much they focus on what bothers them 24/7.
By making worry a mental priority we place God in second position. This kind of mental activity invites all the negativity and fear that accompanies worry into our lives. The greatest cause of health issues in modern times is stress. Studies have shown that the relationship between psychological stressors and disease is real.
Worry is no friend to our health or well-being. It is the enemy of a productive life with God. It wreaks havoc on the mind and lights the fuse to the unending cycle of anxiety which harms our body - God's temple.
According to the Harvard Medical School, worry can lead to a constant underlying anxiety which can cause chronic conditions like digestive problems, migraine headaches, muscle tension, increased heart rates, and higher blood pressure.
But God has not let you down. From the beginning He knew that the imperfections of life could render our heart, mind, and soul weak. For that reason He made an eternal invitation to all generations to cast their cares and worries upon Him. God is much greater and powerful than anything that bothers us.
In Psalm 55:22 and Peter 5:7 the scripture states that we should cast our cares and worries upon the Lord. In both the Hebrew text as well as the Greek the word cast means to "throw away". I often wonder how many people "throw away" their worries upon an omnipotent God who already knows the concerns of the heart.
Casting our worries and cares toward God means that they vanish. In God's incredibly powerful light they evaporate and no longer exist. Looking toward God we would only see His holiness, His power, and His love. Then we would see life and all it's beauty and harmony, we would be at peace.
Just like the scripture says, we should cast all our care toward God and experience peace. In the quiet stillness of our soul we will experience God, His life, and light. It is where we can receive inspiration, creativity, love, healing, and power.
King David was no stranger to meditation.He knew the value to of being still and quiet before the Lord.
In Psalm 23 it states, "He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul." Notice that it is God that guides David to "green pastures" and "still waters". The result of David making himself available to the Lord's leadership is internal restoration.
If worry, doubt, and fear physically harm the body, then quiet times with God can restore us. That's what David says, and this is what science says about meditation: it helps your immune system, decreases pain, reduces inflammation at the cellular level, improves mood, decreases depression, decreases anxiety, reduces stress, makes a person more loving and compassionate, improves cognitive skills, helps creativity, increases memory, increases brain tissue, and makes you smarter.
There is no doubt God tuned the body to benefit from meditation. If people can improve with simple meditation techniques imagine what could happen to you if you focused on Jesus and let Him lead to the still waters of His Spirit. The word "restore" would take on an entirely new meaning.
The Simple Trick To Have Permanent Peace
Listen, in this world you're always going to have trouble, tribulation, and encounter situations that may cause you to stress. Jesus disclosed this fact in John 16:33, but He also stated that with Him our worries will vanish and we will be of good cheer. This is because He overcame the world for us.
If you let go of every insecurity, doubt, fear, and anxiety, and give it to God. This will allow God to do what He promised, cover you in His power, grace, and love so you can enjoy your eternal destiny with Him right now.
In Matthew 6:27 Jesus stated, "And who of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his stature?" In another translation it states "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
Jesus makes the point that you cannot affect any outcome by worrying. Imagine worrying over something that never materializes. Thought energy, emotional energy, and even physical energy wasted over an unrealized worry.
The energy we use every moment we live is a gift from God. Let us bless God by casting our fears to the Lord and entering into His rest. Hebrews 4:3 declares that believers enter the rest of God, meaning, all care and worry is abolished in God's powerful presence.
This is what to do next time something tempts to worry. Take a few deep regular breaths, start to relax, prayerfully and humbly submit yourself to God, then hand over all tension, negativity, worry, fear, and doubt to God.
During this quick meditation praise God, honor God, worship God for His greatness. Let go in your omnipotent God. Let God be everything to you.
The more time you spend with God, the less time you spend worrying. Give God first place in your life. Practice this technique everyday throughout the day. Release yourself the chains that entangle mind and body. God is there with you always watching, always waiting.
Don't let opportunities pass you by. Your future can be God-filled, or they can be worry-filled. It's up to to let God's light in come into your heart. Start today and never stop.
We love you and we're always praying for you. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.