I had more material from my sermon yesterday than time would permit me to share.  So I wanted to pass it along through this week’s blog post.

You may know and love God, but when you trust anything other than God’s promise and provision for your life, then worry will turn your heart away from the Lord and turn your faith into fear.

Faith can turn to fear in the following ways:

  • Distorted Thinking – Trusting God to save you, but not trusting Him to meet your everyday needs (Matt. 7:9-11)
  • Taking Control – Thinking that by mentally arranging future events, you can control the outcome. (Prov. 29:25)
  • Super Responsibility – Having a burdened sense of duty to make every area of your life perfect. (Phil 4:11-12)
  • Shame – Allowing false guilt to surface as worry. (Psalm 32:3-5)
  • Runaway Emotions – Letting anxiety or fear have full control. (Psalm 34:4)
  • Man’s Approval – Feeling a desperate inordinate need to have the approval of others (Gal. 1:10)
  • Spiritual Starvation – Trying to live on past spiritual nourishment. (Psalm 34:8,10)
  • Lack of Understanding Your Identity in Christ – Not recognizing who you are and what you have as a result of the finished work of Christ. (Eph. 1: 3-14)

Fear can grip us and we spiral downward to habitual worry.  God has not created you to fill your days with worry, rather He wants your days filled with worship.  Live in the present – don’t focus on past regret, or future unknowns.  Focus on a daily walk with your wonderful Savior.