Monday, January 5, 2015

Worrying is disease

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. (Romans 8:31-39 MSG)

That's powerful stuff!

I'm a worrier. 

I have passed it down to my kids and their kids are doomed! As I've grown older, I don't worry as much and you could even say, I have been cured from chronic worry. It has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with my loving God. These verses say it better than I could ever say it.

God has shown me time and time again that he loves us, would do anything for us, and  protect us from the worst enemy. We have no reason to worry. Praise God that he can heal us from our deepest sicknesses, even the ones in our minds and our hearts. Worry is a sickness just like any other disease. It can eat away at us and eventually affect our families, friends, coworkers, and ministry partners. If we let it, it will devour us just like a cancer or a severe infection. The only healer is Jesus and turning over our cares to his loving mercy and grace. I wish I had known this 30 years ago. I would have probably added more hairs to my head and years to my life!

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