Does Worrying Mean That You Lack Faith In God?
Worry is nothing more than having a poor faith in God. If you trusted in God 100%, you would never have to worry again. We live in a world of uncertainty. Today you may have a job and then tomorrow you are fired. Christians and non-Christians alike must deal with this reality daily.
It is never easy to live day by day. However, this is what Jesus told us to do. He told us to live one day at a time.
How to Stop Worrying In An Uncertain World
Unlearn What the Media Has Taught You
It is understandable as to why Christians worry today about money. After all, mainstream media constantly bombards us with news reports of companies declaring bankruptcy or predicting layoffs for the future. The more that you watch the news and television programs, the more you will worry. If you look outside of your door, its probably quiet. We often live in a world of wanting to escape reality. People often turn to the news because they are bored. They want to know that something is out there bigger than themselves.
Boredom often makes us want to want television shows. Non-Christian television shows often have commercials of luxury vehicles, homes, computers and so forth. When you see these things on television, they make you want to have them. The “things” of this world are often beautiful.
Many Christians today are trying to work themselves to the bone to get material possessions that they desire. They even may be looking to find ways to get loans or people that will give them these things.
They see people on Youtube.com driving fancy cars and bragging about how great it is to be rich. Even televangelists are often promoting the prosperity gospel. They often promise you that if you tithe, God will give you the same luxury items that you are seeing on television. You can stay in the finest hotels and take the best vacations they are telling you.
It is easy to understand why you worry about money. However, when you have these “things”, it does bring a certain level of happiness. However, if you do not have the right people in your life to share them with or a relationship with Jesus Christ, you will not be able to enjoy these items for long.
What Did Jesus And The Apostles Teach Us About Money?
Jesus taught us that it is easier for a rich man to go through an eye of a needle than to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus did not want us accumulating wealth here on earth. He wanted us to live by faith and to walk with God day by day.
The world teaches us that we should keep lots of money in the bank for a rainy day. Even the Apostle Peter divided up all the Christians money evenly so that nobody was without. Money was more about sharing it with brotherly/sisterly love.
When the apostles traveled, Jesus told them to take nothing with them. He told them that God would provide for them. All the apostles were taken care of by God. Jesus also taught Christians to not store up your riches here on earth where they could be taken away. Instead, store up heavenly riches in which you will possess when you go to heaven. God will reward you according to your deeds.
The apostles taught us that giving away money helps people. It is was not about you getting the newest clothing in town or the fanciest home. It was more about loving your brother and sister. If you see someone in need, help them out financially. It was the way of Jesus and the apostles.
The apostles never believed in hoarding wealth here on earth. Their main mission was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to do God’s will.
Today, the mindset of most Christians has changed. Most Christians today believe in saving up for a bigger home or fancier. Perhaps buying the latest computer or cell phone is ideal.
What Is It to Be A Lover of Self?
When someone is a lover of self, they do everything that is pleasing to them. This means that the person will ignore the teachings of the New Testament and instead live for what makes them happy. This kind of mentality was the same in Noah’s day. The Holy Bible teaches us that in the last days, mankind will become lovers of self.
We are living in a day in age where people want to be happy 100% of the time. Anything that does not make them feel happy, they often will change it. Today, most Christians are living for the “things of this world” and not for Jesus. What a shame it is to see so many Christians trying to live to obtain wealth. The obsession with money is costing Christian marriages and friendships. Many Christians are spending their time trying to find out how they can make more money, instead of spending their spare time with Jesus reading the word of God.
I have found that most Christians today are hungering for wealth just as much as the “worldly” people are. It is hard today to tell which people are Christian and who is not. This is not good. Christians are supposed to be the “light” of the world. However, when you have many Christians living for the “things” of this world, it means that they have gone off track. It is easy to do because that is what ads and the news are constantly pumping into your brain. It also does not help to hear televangelists telling you that God wants everyone to be rich and happy.
If you have not noticed, the earth is not heaven. It is God’s foot stool. We are not here to store up riches on earth where they can be stolen or taken away. We are on earth to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Have most Christians forgotten that God can take your life at any time? You are here today and gone tomorrow. If you died today, all your possessions will go to someone else. It will not make a difference what you had. Why not follow God’s way and store your possessions in heaven? In this way, you will have them for eternity.
Faith is believing that what Jesus taught us about heaven is true. It is hard for many Christians and non-Christians to believe in heaven. After all, nobody that is alive has ever seen heaven. We must believe in faith that there is a better life beyond the one that we live now. It is important to believe that when we die, our soul will go somewhere else.
Jesus taught us that we are not going to just die when our body does. Instead, our soul gets judged by God. Jesus said that unbelievers will go to hell and those that believe in him will go to heaven. That is something to rejoice in.
Should I Just Sit Around And Do Nothing Then?
The New Testament teaches us that God does not want us to be lazy. Instead, God tells us to work hard. The apostle Paul taught us that if a Christian refuse to work, do not let him eat either. This means that we must find honest work to do.
There was a man of God that lived in the 1700’s. His name was Gerard Majella. His dream was to become a priest. His life had to face a lot of persecution and he died in his 20’s from sickness in his body. However, there was a time when he earned a good salary. He first took care of the needs of his friends and family. Afterwards, he would give his money away to the poor and those that were without. He lived the true gospel message. The famous prayer that he said daily was, “Lord let your will be done and I will follow your will as long as you will it.”
Gerard Majella was a true man of God and was often treated poorly by his employers. He had a foreman one time that would beat him. However, he would say his prayer and he believed that if God allowed it, he would continue his mission in life.
Luckily today we have laws in the United States about employers hitting their employees. Its against the law to do so.
How Can I Stop Worrying?
If you want to stop worrying, its important to live day by day. Do not worry about tomorrow. This means that you will have to watch less television because it will make you worry about everything from your job to your love life. Television shows often mock God and bring no glory to his name. Television shows today want you to believe that you have only yourself to rely on. It teaches you that God will not be there for you. The news will only tell you about horrible and horrific events happening in the world today.
It is important to do a Bible study every day for around an hour. In this way, you can avoid watching so much television. Also, learn to play board games and spend time with your spouse/children. Learn how to have fun. Work hard to occupy yourself with something that you enjoy.
To stop worrying, you need to take yourself away from that which is causing you to worry. Just because you see another person driving a luxury car does not mean that you need to have it.
Pray for what you want and see if the Lord will give it to you. Also realize that any possession that you have in this world belongs to God. It can also be taken away from you at any time. Make sure that your heart is not to attached to it.
Shockingly, Christians often get attached to material possessions. However, we should know that our possessions may not last with us forever. Instead, learn how to give to God what is his and never feel like you own anything. Instead, realize that all we have is God’s.
Set Time Apart For Prayer And Worship
There is nothing more relaxing than praising God. You can do this at home or in a church. Turn on some praise music and start worshipping Jesus. In this way, you begin to see that God is with you.
Praise and worship to God also takes worry away. You cannot possibly be worried when you are praising God. All your fears are given to our heavenly father and he shows us that he will take care of us. It is all about how we address certain life circumstances on a day to day basis.
When we worship God, we feel more at peace. Our minds begin to realize how powerful God is and that he takes care of our needs. Instead of worrying, know that Jesus is with you every single step of the way.
Should You Worry About Keeping Your Job?
Worry can sometimes concern us in our workplace if we start to feel or hear rumors that layoffs are going to happen. We are going through a rough time in history right now. The pandemic known as COVID-19 is promising that businesses are going to close. We are seeing major corporations declaring bankruptcy. We are hearing about 20% of people having no job to work.
If you think about it, we have plenty of reasons to worry about our work. However, Jesus teaches us to not worry and to instead trust in God for your needs. You may think that there is no hope for you. Perhaps your boss has already told you that you may not have a job in the next two weeks. You begin to worry about how you will pay your bills. Where will you live if you cannot pay your rent/mortgage? All kinds of worrisome thoughts run through your mind. You are not alone. We are living in scary times and most people do not know if they will have a job tomorrow.
It appears the internet is taking over the world these days. Companies like Amazon.com are prospering while many storefronts are closing. Large corporations seem to be eating up the profits of small businesses. This can cause people to worry. However, know that the world is full of wealth. God controls it all and will send some your way when the timing is right. If you get fired from your job, God will give you another one. Just be patient and do all that you can do to show God that you are willing and able to work. God promises that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Examine your heart and make sure that you are not living in sin. If you are living in sin, God may decide to take away his blessing from you for a time until you repent of your sin. Yes, a job is a blessing and never forget that. If you have work, that is a gift from God. Pray without ceasing. Let God know that you are willing to do things his way. Examine your conscience and make sure that you are on the right track with God. After all, he does love you, but sin can sometimes take us over if we are not careful.
Should You Worry About Your Love Life?
Are you scared that your lover is going to leave you? Are you married or dating someone and feel that you could be left alone because they are not happy with you? It is important to pray and ask God what you must do to please him first. Next, follow the commands of the Holy Bible. Are you living the way that God wants you to live towards your partner? Men, are you treating the woman in your life like the Rose of Sharon? Women, are you being submissive to your husband? There are certain rules that Christians must live by according to the New Testament to make a marriage work according to God’s will.
The world will teach you that its all about you. Say what you want and do what you want is what it teaches you. However, these are not God’s principles. Instead, God teaches us that the man is the head of the household. It also teaches that women should be treated with love by the man. It means that the two of you are equal in the relationship but play different roles.
Society has gotten far away from what the Holy Bible has taught us about love, Jesus and how to have a happy romance. The world today is teaching people how to just do what is right for yourself. However, this never works in any relationship. To have a good romantic relationship, you must always put your partners needs before your own. Take care of the person that you are with first and then they will love you back. Never be someone that screams in the relationship at your partner.
Have you ever watched on Youtube.com about men and women that are abusive to their lovers? Have you ever watched reality television shows of women and men screaming at one another to get their point across? This kind of behavior only leads someone away from you. There is no reason to be disrespectful to the person that you are with.
Men and women are being taught by the mainstream media on how to treat their lover in a relationship. It is not good news. When you see women screaming at men on reality television shows and men calling women bitches, it is not a good thing. It is not the way in which Christians should act towards one another. I wish I could say that this was only entertainment. However, the more that people hear these types of words on television, the more prone they are to act the same way.
We even hear “worldly” rap music talking about women as being sluts and hoes. We often hear country music talking about breakups, lying, and cheating. Yes, it is all around us.
The only way that you can save a relationship is to act the way that God wants you to in it. If you are doing it all God’s way, he will help you to repair your relationship or even make someone come to you with Godly principles. The Holy Bible teaches us to not be unequally yoked. This means to not marry anyone outside of the Christian faith.
Some Christians today want to hide that they are dating someone and sleeping with that person as well. However, you are only lying to yourself. God knows what you are doing. If you are already sleeping with the person that you are dating, then you might as well be married.
Once you cross your relationship into sexual intercourse, you become one with that person. You have created one flesh. This means that the two of you cannot go back to just being friends. Sexual feelings will always come up for the two of you. Old memories of your lives together intimacy will always be there. It is the strongest love bond that you can have with someone.
My Husband/Wife Died and I Fear Being Alone Forever
God said that mankind if not meant to live alone. Trust that he will give you someone else to marry. If you are only looking for a friend because you do not want to get married, trust that the Lord will give you that as well. Start being around other Christians and learn how to talk more. You will be surprised at what God can send to you. He will send you the right person and help you to see life in a new way.
Never Let Worry Control Your Life
Worry can control your life if you allow it to. However, if you believe that God has always you covered, he will allow only good things to happen to you. The good may not be what you can see right now. However, he will release to you what his will is. Always learn to accept the will of God. After all, he gives us peace and understanding when we pray to him.