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t’s two o’clock  in  the  morning and  Word, we gain confidence that He is in
            nearly everything  wrong with the  control of all things and is able to work
        Iworld floods our minds. We worry  all that is happening in our lives for good.
        about a pandemic, protests and politics.  The right kind of reading establishes trust
        We worry about death tolls, disasters and  in the Lord and causes our worries to go
        division. We worry about our families,  into remission.
        friendships, fellow-believers and finances.   The Bible cure also involves the right
        We’ll even worry about who’s going to  kind of praying. Paul writes, “Never worry
        water our plants or feed the dog when  about anything. Instead, in every situation
        we’re away for a few days. We worry  let  your  petitions  be  made  known  to
        about nearly anything or anyone, and it  God through prayers and requests, with
        can be overwhelming, even debilitating.  thanksgiving” (Php 4:6 ISV). Rather than
        Thankfully, unlike other maladies that  mulling over in our minds the many things
        might afflict us, there is a Bible cure for  that cause anxiety, bring them to the Lord
        worry.                               and leave them with Him. Don’t miss
          The English word “worry” comes  Paul’s words “with thanksgiving.” When
        from an old German word which means  we thank God for answers to past prayers,
        “to strangle” or “to choke.” Worry is  we gain confidence that He will answer our
        an emotional chokehold on our lives. A  present prayers.
        biblical definition is found in the Sermon   The prescription also includes the right
        on the Mount, where the Lord Jesus  kind of thinking. Once we bring our minds’
        repeatedly admonishes us not to worry  worries to the Lord, replace them with
        (Mat 6:25-34 NET). In the middle of these  worthy thoughts. Paul tells us to think
        admonitions, He charges those who worry  about these things – whatever is true,
        as “people of little faith” (v30). Thus,  worthy of respect, just, pure, lovely,
        worry is a lack of faith in God. To support  commendable, excellent or praiseworthy
        this definition, Jesus says that when we  (v8 NET). Where these hold a place in our
        worry, we act like “unbelievers” (v32 ISV).  minds, there will be no room for worry.
        Therefore, if worry is a lack of faith in God,   Finally, Paul’s treatment plan includes
        the cure must involve instilling faith.   having the right kind of example. He tells the
          The apostle Paul gives us four things  Philippians to do those things they saw in
        we can do that will produce faith. The  him (v9). Surround yourself with people
        Bible  cure  for  worry  involves  the  right  whose trust in the Lord is evident and
        kind of reading. Paul says, “Faith comes by  imitate their faith (Heb 13:7).
        hearing, and hearing by the word of God”   The  Bible  cure  for  worry  doesn’t
        (Rom 10:17 NKJV). There is no substitute  guarantee that we’ll be asleep at two
        for regular Scripture reading. Hearing God  o’clock in the morning, but Paul tells us that
        speak through His Word will be a faith-  when we do these things, the God of peace
        building exercise as we learn of His ways,  will be with us (Php 4:9). And I’ll take that
        character, sovereignty and faithfulness  no matter what time of the day (or night)
        to fulfill His promises. As we read God’s  it happens to be.

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