A Life Free of Fear and Worry

Fears and worries are two of the biggest challenges of life. It begins when we come into the world. You can see the fear and worry in a baby and they let everyone know by their crying. They cry if they are fearful they won’t be fed or they become anxious if they can not see momma. As we grow older we don’t become less fearful but we just learn to not express our true feelings. We learn to cover up and pretend but on the inside the fears and anxieties grow. Will we be able to do what we need to do to make it in the world? What will the world be like? The list is endless of our fears and worries. Then if we add on to that all of the fears and worries that everyone else thinks we should have then it is no wonder that some people have a nervous breakdown. The Lord never intended life to be that way.

Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
“For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8

There are basically two choices in life. We can choose to trust in the One and only God, the Lord God, who is our Maker and Creator. He fashioned us and He made us to have a love relationship with Him. He made each of us to trust Him and to be His child. The other choice is that we can trust in ourselves or others and allow our heart to turn away from Him. All of us come into this world with our hearts turned toward God. We choose to either respond to Him and trust Him or to turn away from Him and trust in something else, whether it is science, knowledge, people or ourselves. Everything and everyone, other than the Lord Himself will let us down and disappoint us. The Lord is the only One who can satisfy our souls because we were made to know Him and to be loved by Him. The Lord is also the only One who can set us free from fears and worries. This freedom will only come to those who trust in the Lord God. The word Lord means Master, so the person who trusts in the Lord must allow Him to be their Master. The word God usually refers to Savior. When a person trusts Him to be their Master then He becomes their Savior. He will save them from their fears and worries and be their Provider and Protector forever and always.

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:9-11

Once a person calls upon the Lord then He is with them forever. He will never leave them or forsake them. All others may forsake them but He will not. You can trust in the Lord now and forever. He becomes your Lord and you Savoir and He is a present help in time of trouble. Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5b

A Life that Is Not Anxious

Worry and anxiety, which are basically the same thing, can rob a life of health, wealth and happiness. Anxiety can paralyze a soul and kill the body. It can ruin relationships and destroy marriages and families. Anxiety is not from the Lord but is one of the favorite tools of the devil.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Anxiety lurks in every opportunity and waits at every door. Anxiety is a result of fear and fear is the opposite of faith. Satan is the thief and he wants to make a person fearful. If he can put one in a state of fear then he can keep them anxious. If they are anxious then they become devoured and controlled by their fears and worries.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. I Peter 5:8

There is an answer to the struggle of being anxious and worried. It is not God’s design for anyone to struggle with these two afflictions. God’s provision is for anyone who desires to be set free from fears, worries and anxiety.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

If a person will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to be their Savior and Lord then He will be with them. He will be their God, which means Savior. He will help them, strengthen them, and will uphold them. He is saying in this verse that you need not be afraid and you need not look to others to save you in your difficult or impossible situation but that He will save you. This is a promise for those who belong to Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

The Lord wants you to come to Him with all of your worries and anxieties. Talk to Him and let your requests be made to Him. Thank Him for hearing you.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, I Peter 5:7-9a

When you pray then you are humbling yourself before the Lord and this is how you keep firm in your faith. When a person stays firm in their faith and casts their anxieties on Jesus Christ then they are resisting the devil. When a person resists the devil then the devil flees.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7b

The Lord says that He will never leave us or forsake us.

for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5b

Not only will He never leave us or forsake us but after we suffer in our afflictions then He comforts us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, II Corinthians 1:3

After He comforts us then He makes us more like Him, confirms our relationship with Him, strengthens us and establishes us.

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. I Peter 5:10

A Life Free of Fear and Worry

Although it is a “natural” thing to be fearful and worry, it is not a healthy thing to be full of fear and worries. Fears and worries of tomorrow rob us of the joys and pleasures of today. Not only can they destroy our happiness but they can also destroy our health, our relationships and our well being. Fears and worries can cause us to make poor decisions and lead us into “taking things into our own hands”, which also can bring us much grief. Most of what we fear will never happen and what we worry about will never even take place and yet, we can not recover what we have allowed them to rob us of or to destroy. It is not of God for us to be fearful or to worry. He never tells us to fear or to worry about life and the command, that He gives us more than any other command, is “do not fear”. If worry is not of the Lord then what is the source of all worry and fear?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

The thief is the devil and that is why another name for him is “the evil one”. The meaning of evil is to cause grief. If he can not kill you then we will seek to destroy you and rob you of the life that Jesus Christ came to give you. Jesus Christ came to not only give eternal life but to give us an abundant life here on earth. In Christ alone is life. Life is far more than the body breathing. When Jesus Christ comes into a person’s life then He brings life to the soul. For this reason, when a person becomes a Christian then the eyes of their soul are opened and they see all of life differently.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

The Lord knows our frame and how fragile we are and so He has told us over and over again not to worry and not to fear. He takes care of those who come to Him in faith, trusting Him for not only eternity but for the here and now.

For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. Psalm 103:14

When we come to Christ through faith in what He accomplished on the cross for all of mankind, then God transfers us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13,14

In God’s kingdom, Jesus Christ is King and He takes care of those in His kingdom. He wants us to seek first His kingdom rather than seeking first for our needs to be met. He will provide our needs when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Seeking His righteousness is seeking to live according to God’s ways and doing His will.

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:25-33

The Lord loves you. He wants you to trust Him and be free of worries and fears. The Lord is the only One who can set you free from worries and fears because He is all powerful and loves perfectly. He is the only One who is greater than any problem, fear or worry you may have. He is a present help in time of trouble.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Look to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He is good. Do not doubt His power or His love. It is not His will for you to worry. Faith is coming to Him and letting Him show you His love and His power. Learn to talk to Him. Worry is meditating on your problems and talking to yourself or others about them. Faith is meditating on God’s Words and talking to Him about your struggles and problems.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

Come to Him all who are worried and heavy laden with burdens and cares. Cast them upon Him. Faith is coming to Him through His Word and through prayer to Jesus Christ.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

You must believe that He is God and must come to Him.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

The person who comes to Him will not be disappointed.

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:11

God loves you and He wants to carry your burdens. He came to give you life. Don’t allow the burdens, cares and worries of life rob you. Give them to Jesus. He will take care of you. He loves you.

casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7