The number three enemy of health.
Also known as fear or panic.
Worry is an old German word, Wyrgan. It means to strangle, choke, or tear at the throat with teeth. We still use the word in its original
meaning when we speak of a cat worrying a mouse. Cats play with their prey before they kill it. A slap to the head sends the mouse reeling
and sliding across the floor. While it is still groggy, a slap on
the other side sends it sliding back. It is only when the cat tires
of this game that it goes for the throat. I can vividly recall a time
when Satan did me the same way. I imagine you can, also. Thank
God, we are no longer helpless. Jesus de-fanged the snake, now we
just need to know it and act on the knowledge.
Worry means to be anxious, feel uneasy, be apprehensive, disturbed, troubled,
distressed, agonize, fret, despair, lose heart, be down hearted, be heavy
hearted, be afraid, dread, brood over, stew. It is also defined as
torment, agony, misery, woe, difficulty, and vexation.
Worry is negative believing. The devil just delights to start you
on "what if " ... what if I lose my job. What if the car quits? What
if Russia attacks? What if I don't have enough money and I can't pay my bills?
What ifs are mostly shadow boxing, that means we can't really see
our enemy, so even a gust of wind will make us tense. We can get so
accustomed to being tense that when we are calm, it makes us nervous.
Ever feel like..... this must be the calm before the storm, so I'd better
brace myself for the hurricane? Come on now, admit it, we have all felt that
way once in a while. Worry, believes that the worst will happen and
it will happen to me or someone I love dearly. Worry is a fog screen
put up by the devil so he can sneak in and steal our joy. Some years
ago (1968 to be exact) We purchased a brand new nine passenger station wagon,
taking possession of it a few weeks prior to leaving on a 3000 mile trip
with six of our children. We drove it around town long enough (we
thought) to make sure there were no problems, then loaded up and left Michigan,
headed for Arlington, Texas. We were about 125 miles from home when
the entire electrical system blew. In due time, repairs were made and we
started out once more. It blew again in Kentucky.
After repairs, from that point on the car ran perfectly. But I had
lost my joy and confidence in having this particular car. Every bump
or jiggle in the road caused me to hear noises and each noise had me worried
that it was going to do it again. That worry didn't end when the trip
did either. Six months later I was still describing noises to my husband,
who finally said, "Stop worrying about that dumb car, drive it till the wheels
fall off, then we'll get another one." I did..... in fact I drove
it until 1973 (fully loaded with children and groceries) and never heard
Worry will descend like a heavy fog when you are 125 miles from home and
convince you the iron is plugged in and the cat is in the bedroom closet.
The purpose, of this cloud of worry, is to steal joy. Just
try and enjoy a trip when you are worried about your home, it can't be done.
Wonder why the devil wants to steal our joy?. It's because
the joy of the Lord is our strength, and he needs us weak and dumb in order
to finish us off.
Science estimates that a dense fog 7 blocks wide by 100 feet deep consists
of only enough water to fill one 8 ounce water glass. Think about
that,....... all of a major sized city could be paralyzed by several gallons
of water. If a dense fog hangs around very long, it can bring on panic.
I remember driving 30 miles one night in a very dense fog.
My whole body was tense from the effort of trying to see, I was close to
panic, when I realized that the white line on the outside of the road was
very clear. Then I heard that calm inner voice telling me.... just
follow the line, move slowly and you'll get home safely. When the
fog of worry descends, keep in mind that the devil only had to use a very
little thing to cause a one person size fog. It's been blown all out
of proportion for the purpose of stealing your joy. Just keep your
eye on Jesus, move slowly and you'll get home safely. (Incidentally,
I had never thought to do so, before that night, but I now give thanks unto
the Lord for those who are responsible for painting white lines on the road.)
Ephesians 6:13-14 does not say "having done all, WORRY," it says
"having done all stand."
The root cause of worry is that we are not sure God is our source.
WORRY DOUBTS GOD'S WILLINGNESS TO PROVIDE.
"Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy
(anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall
drink, and about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater
(in quality) than food, and the body (far above and more excellent) than
clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather
into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you
not worth more than they? And which of you by worrying and being anxious
can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his
life? And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of
the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence,
dignity and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so
clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow
is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you
men with little faith:" "Therefore DO NOT WORRY AND BE ANXIOUS, saying, What
are we going to have to eat or, What are we going to have to drink, or what
are we going to have to wear?" Matthew 6:25-31
Instead of worrying we should declare,
"My God meets all my needs, through Christ Jesus my Lord." Phil:4-19.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My (own) peace
I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives, do I give
to you. Do not be afraid...STOP ALLOWING YOURSELVES TO BE AGITATED
AND DISTURBED; AND DO NOT PERMIT YOURSELVES TO BE FEARFUL AND INTIMIDATED
AND COWARDLY AND UNSETTLED."John 14:27.
Worry will ruin our health, destroy our looks and make people want to hurry
away from us, because if we keep thinking it, we will start saying it; and
no one likes to spend much time with gloom and doom. King David said
that because of sorrow and sighing in his life, neighbors and friends fled
from him. Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole
Dr. Charles Mayo of the famed Mayo Clinic said, "I have never known a man
who died from over work, but many who died from doubt." Doubt concerning
the goodness of God and His provision.
Worry seems to fasten itself on tomorrow. This may come as a surprise,
but as the old saying goes, "We can't cross a bridge until we arrive at it."
Today is all we have, so lets not ruin it by spending it in the dense
fog of worry. We need to get our priorities set straight. Putting
our affections on things that are above. Keeping our eye on the mark
of the high calling of God. "The Prize." Then not worrying
about the other stuff, God says, "I'll take care of that." Provision
is God's area.....setting our affections is ours. In both Matthew
and John, the Lord says, let not and be not. That sounds like we have
a choice in the matter. Worry has been called the high interest on
borrowing trouble, and it is high interest in deed, opening the door to all
manner of sickness.
Words that have the opposite meaning of worry, fear, and panic (Antonyms)
are comfort, solace, console, soothe, calm, assurance, security, trust,
composure, tranquility, peace of mind, and serenity. All of these
things will be ours, if we keep our minds stayed on Him who is the giver
Another word for worry is fear. Fear is from an old English word faer
which means fright or panic or worry. FAER a sudden calamity or ambush.
The word panic came into use because of the belief that acute fear was caused
by the Greek god Pan who had horns and hoofs of a goat. The definition
of panic is a sudden unreasonable over powering fear. The worst liar
in the world is panic or fear. Ever notice how scriptural we become
when panic hits us? We do just like the folks in the Bible, and we "cry out
for fear." What we need to get down in our spirits, is that Jesus
loves us and has promised to be with us, He said,
"fear NOT, I am with you." "Do not be seized with alarm, have no fear,
keep on believing." Acts 18:10 Math.14:23 Mark 5:36
Panic, fear and worry not only
cause illness, they also cause that which we fear, panic and worry about,
to come true. Just the other day, upon hearing some unpleasant news;
I heard myself saying, "That's what I was afraid of." Job had the
same problem he said, "That which I greatly feared, came upon me, that
of which I am afraid befalls me." Job 3:25 He
even made sacrifices because he was afraid something bad was going to happen.
People haven't changed much, they are still doing the very same thing.
"Lord, if you'll just save my .......(husband, wife, mother, father, sister,
brother) I'll never ask for anything else." A sacrificial offering
made out of fear that the Lord's promise to save you and your household is
not true, is a carbon copy of Job. When we worry or fear, we are telling
God, we are not sure He is willing to take care of us. Sparrows He
likes, but, He's got it in for us.
That's either ignorance which can be corrected, or sin which must be confessed
and forsaken." ...For whatever does not originate and proceed from
faith is sin---that is, whatever is done without a conviction of its approval
by God is sinful." Romans 14:23.
Always remember that worry and fear are not from God, and God has given us
the authority to tread on them. Do not let your heart be troubled.
We must gain knowledge of God's faithful goodness. Then when
fear knocks at our door instead of crying out for fear, we will cry out in
faith. "Fear I command you, in the name of
Jesus, not to attack me. I take authority over you, God loves me.
He has given me power over you. You will not attack me anymore."
Luke 10:19. When we resist, he will flee.
Next the fourth enemy of health: STRIFE