How to Not Worry About…

Take a glimpse at today’s news headlines and you’ll see the world is in turmoil. Check your social feed and you’ll find a post about a serious concern right in your community. Spend 15 minutes with your friends or family and you’ll hear about another health scare. How do you not worry about …

  • the future?
  • money?
  • getting sick?
  • your kids?
  • things you can’t control?

So, what can you do when the world is in trouble and there’s yet another problem on the way? Is a lifetime of anxiety inevitable?

No. There’s a better way.

The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Instead, it instructs you to share your concerns with God, but with a thankful heart. When you pray instead of worrying and trust Him with the future, “then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” and His peace will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Bible goes on to tell us exactly what we should focus on, and it’s not fear, politics or the economy.

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).

World leaders come and go. Stock markets rise and fall. Health concerns appear and disappear. But God is Lord of heaven and earth. Those who choose to follow Jesus Christ don’t need to fear the future.

“So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).

Let go of your worry and take the first step today by asking Jesus Christ to be Lord of your life.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?