Get Real: Overcoming Worry

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Worry consumes, depletes, distracts and defeats. Worry robs our joy.  But, we all do it.  So how do we overcome the worry and fear that seems to paralyze us?  In the last Get Real post, we looked at some of the root causes of worry.  Worry is sin.  It is unbelief and a lack of trust and confidence in God.  Worry is reliance upon self instead of trusting the Almighty, all-sufficient, all-powerful God, Creator and Sustainer of all things!   Today, let’s look at some practical steps we can take to replace our spirit of worry and find some freedom and peace.

Worry flows out of a distorted or incomplete view of God’s nature and character.”  —Elyse Fitzpatrick

Let’s remind ourselves of the biblical definition for worry and then look at 1 Peter 5:5-7 for some practical ways we can overcome worry and release ourselves from its bondage and stranglehold:
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Get Real: Getting to the Root of Worry

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Maybe worry is one of the dirty secrets of the church. Perhaps it renders us timid, passive, and doubtful when our theology tells us we have every reason to be courageous, active, and confident. Could it be that many of us live with a huge gap between the theological confidence that we celebrate on Sunday and the street-level fear, worry, and anxiety that accompanies us the rest of the week? Why do so many of us worry so much? Why do we not experience the rest that the gospel is meant to give us? Why do we have sleepless nights, nervous stomachs, and fretful days? Why does worry so often enter our door? —Paul David Tripp

Worry!  It’s all-consuming.  It’s exhausting!  Many times it seems we can’t escape its stranglehold on our thoughts and lives.   Continue reading “Get Real: Getting to the Root of Worry”

Get Real: Are You A Worrier?

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Are you a worrier?  Do you tend to fixate on a problem or situation to the point of distraction or anxiety?  Do you feel like you can’t rest until you solve the problem?  Do you find yourself stuck in the past, rehearsing and reliving mistakes or difficulties?  Do you find yourself obsessed with future events and outcomes?   Do you wake in the middle of the night thinking on a situation from your day that you can’t seem to shake? Are you often gripped by a paralyzing fear?  Do you tend to have a fearful “what if” mentality?  Yep, you might be a worrier!

This week in the Get Real Bible study group that meets “live”, we will be looking at ways to overcome worry in our lives.  But I’m not quite ready to blog that lesson yet.  So while you’re waiting, prepare your hearts and minds by reading through some passages from God’s Word that speak to us about worry.  We’ll be working through this exercise in class, so here’s your chance to work alongside us.

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Get Real: Finding Real Strength!

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Where do you find strength when you’re running on empty?  How do you handle the pressures of life that create stress and frustration and leave you feeling weary and worn?  I tend to be pretty independent, a self-starter, a go-getter and therefore often find myself trying to “do it all” and “be it all”.  I like to be in control.  I don’t always find it easy to ask for help.  But when I try to operate in my own strength and do it all I end up frazzled, frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted.  It’s that Super Woman Syndrome! Continue reading “Get Real: Finding Real Strength!”

Get Real: The Freedom of Surrender

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  —2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

Walking in the Spirit.  It’s a term we hear often as Christians.  But what does it really mean, practically, in our lives?  We know from Romans 7:13-25 and Galatians 5:17 that the flesh and Spirit are in opposition to one another.  There’s a battle going on!  I know there are days I certainly feel that way!  Let’s begin by looking at some examples of what our flesh can look like on a daily basis: Continue reading “Get Real: The Freedom of Surrender”