Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI girl wrote: “I know. Worrying is wrong. I should trust God wholeheartedly. But one of the biggest things I struggle with is worry. It’s been particularly difficult lately…”
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PI Girls, I know with the pressures of school, friends, finances, family, relationships, sports and other activities, things can be hard. There can be a lot coming at us in life. Worry is an easy sin to give into when we stop trusting God and start leaning on ourselves, on others or on materialistic things. We can’t trust people, money, things or even man-made systems. Education, jobs, and even your own family cannot save you—only Jesus can. We have to trust that God loves us, and that because of His unfailing love to send Christ, we can trust Him much more with the details of our lives.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Granted, there are normal things in life we should be concerned about. I’m not saying don’t pay your bills or don’t worry, as in “Be lazy.” No, we have to take action with applied faith, but if we don’t see results right away, sometimes God says, “No” or “Wait.” We cannot see the future or the full picture. But guess what? God can.
He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (Revelation 22:13). We may have dreams and visions and hopes that He places within us, but ultimately God knows the end from the beginning…so why do we worry? If you are a child of God, then you cannot fail. He said in His Word that we are His creation, His workmanship, and if we are truly chosen, obedient children, then we will obey. Not be perfect—but we will stay on the right path if we continually seek God (Proverbs 3:5).
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Don’t get me wrong—it’s human nature to worry sometimes in life, but it doesn’t mean it’s useful or helpful. Even pastors, teachers and parents get stressed out. But why do you think the Bible says not to worry? In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us that it doesn’t add to our lives. Think of the wisdom in that. Stressing, complaining, talking about issues or worries doesn’t fix the problem—in fact, worry actually adds to the problem or the fear.
We know that fear is the opposite of faith. Some have even said, using an acronym, that FEAR is “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Satan is the accuser of the brethren and the Father of lies (John 8:44). He lies to us all the time, trying to convince us either through media or through the powers of darkness in the spiritual realm that it is “normal” to sin and to give into fear and worry.
“For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Revelation 12:10)
When we fall into this trap, we are walking in the opposite direction of faith. Again, fear is the opposite of faith, girls. Remember this when you go through trials. I know it’s difficult, and the truth is, we cannot do this alone. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us (He is the helper and the counselor). We need to ask our sisters in Christ and prayer warriors to cover us in protection and in prayer when we feel weary or tired in faith.
“…the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:7-8)
How do we increase our faith to oppose fear? This is so good, girls, I am preaching to myself. The Bible tells us that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When we wear the full armor of God (Ephesians 6) or when we clothe ourselves in Christ (Romans 13:14), we are actually warring against the spirits, feelings and other obstacles trying to block us in our faith.
The Word of God tells us we war against the world, the flesh and the devil (1 John 2:16). We have an adversary, and Satan is not for you or for God’s kingdom. This is why we need to have our spiritual armor of prayer and the Word of God. (Read Ephesians 6 in the Bible for more on the pieces of armor.)
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
Girls, when you feel sad or worried, read the Bible out loud. It also helps to write scriptures or a verse on pieces of paper or sticky notes and put them on your mirror, near your dresser and other places you might see them to remind yourself of God’s truth. Truth combats the lies and there is power in the truth. The Bible says the TRUTH SETS YOU FREE (John 8:32). The enemy and spiritual demons want us to fall into the trap of the lies of fear, doubt and worry so that we become paralyzed and are ineffective in God’s Kingdom.
You see, when we doubt, it DOES NOT please God. In fact, the Bible in Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith, it is impossible to please God….” That is pretty powerful. So understand the different tricks and tactics of the enemy—he is very sneaky and sly, and will try to have you bow to different sins, even if you don’t know they are sins.
Sin is anything that is not of God or that displeases God. We need to stay focused on Jesus and remember our high calling, that God has a plan to prosper us. He knows his plan and He knew it before you were born, so why do we worry? (Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 1) Let us continually pray and seek God’s Word and encourage one another in faith, amen?
Comment below if you have questions, prayer requests or additional scriptures about worry and faith!