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Worry..Sin In Disguise // Share The Brew With Diana Rockwell

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Today I am excited to welcome Diana Rockwell as my featured “Share The Brew” writer. Diana is no stranger to this space. God allowed our paths to cross when I reached out to help her design a button for last October’s 31 days of writing. I have the privilege of helping her with blog-related issues from time to time. She has a passion for God’s Word and a heart for God’s women. I hope you will stop by Diana’s blog and pay her a visit.

 

While traveling in Oklahoma, I saw a sign that said,

“Worry is sin in disguise!”

Worrying is feelings of anxiety, uneasiness and frustration. When these feelings are added to the stress of daily life, one may feel an overwhelming lack of control.

Am I the only one who has worried about trivial things such as what I will wear to the reunion? Or serious things such as the illness of a loved one, a friend that has decided not to be your friend, a job performance, a financial crisis, a loved one that does not know Jesus as their savior?

At the end of Jesus’ ministry on the earth in John 13 and 14, the disciples are worrying and they question the Lord Jesus Christ shortly after Judas Iscariot departs from the last supper.

Jesus says, “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer, you will seek me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’”

Simon Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answers, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you shall follow me afterward.”

Peter says, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for your sake.”

Thomas says, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?”

Philip says to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

Judas (not Iscariot) asks, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry

Beloved, worry is manifested in these questions — Where are you going? and Why can’t we follow you?

According to Dr. David Jeremiah in the Jeremiah Study Bible on page 1292,

Worry is inconsistent.

In Matthew 6:25, if we can trust Jesus to provide us with our life, can we not also trust Him with our daily needs?

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Worry is irrational.

In Matthew 6:26, if our Lord cares for the birds, will He not also care for us, since we are more valuable than birds?

Worry is ineffective.

In Matthew 6:27, who among us can add one cubit (the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger) to our stature (height) by worrying?

Worry is illogical.

In Matthew 6: 28-30, if God can clothe the lilies of the field, can He not also clothe us?

Worry is irreligious.

In Matthew 6:31-32, when we worry, we act just like those who do not know God.

What are you worrying about? Do you worry about a wayward child or your adult children who are not walking with the Lord? Do you worry about your relationship with your spouse? Do you worry about your career or how you will meet your financial obligations? Do you worry about how you will pay for college for your children?

So, what does one do with worry?

Peter says in 1 Peter 5:7,

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Proverbs reminds us in chapter 3: 5-6,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Philippians 4: 6-7,

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

David Jeremiah suggests we give our worry, anxiety and frustrations to God. He says concern is a legitimate emotion. When we are concerned, we focus on the real problem and turn our concerns over to God. We focus on solutions and not on the problem. We give the concern to God and then we let go and let God handle our concerns.

In Psalm 55:22,

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you: he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Beloved, will you give your worries, anxiety and frustration to the Lord? If worry is sin in disguise, will you confess your sin and turn to Jesus with your concerns?


Diana_AboutPicDiana Rockwell lives in Ramona, California. She is a daughter of the King of Kings, wife to Doug, mom to Randy and Dale, mother-in-law to Ray Ann and JoAnna and Grandma to her six beautiful grandchildren. She is a nurse and loves to write and sew. She has had the pleasure of taking two mission trips — one to Israel and one to Hungary. She suffers from chronic pain but knows that God’s grace is sufficient to meet her needs.  Diana writes most every day (as the Holy Spirit leads) at her blog.  You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    July 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Good post.

    My take on worry is that it’s the sin of idleness…I’m terminally ill, and while that may be a reasonable cause for worry (how much is this gonna hurt tomorrow, when morphine won’t touch it TODAY???) if I stay busy, it crowds worry out. And not only busy in prayer or meditation…good healthy manual labour (well, when I could still do it) or writing or just being nice to my dogs is perfectly fine as well.
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      Diana Rockwell
      July 30, 2015 at 5:47 am

      Dear Andrew, thank you for responding to my post. My heart breaks that you are in pain. I will pray that the pain responds to the medication. I agree that idleness leads to worry. You are brave my friend. Blessings Diana
      Diana Rockwell recently posted..Psalm 119 W7D1

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    Michele Morin
    July 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Diana, you have no idea how timely your words are for me today. Thank you for sharing from your heart.
    Michele Morin recently posted..A Confident Faith

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      Diana Rockwell
      July 30, 2015 at 5:48 am

      Dear Michele, thank you for commenting. Usually I write to the message I need to hear. Blessings Diana
      Diana Rockwell recently posted..Psalm 119 W7D1

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    Wanda
    July 29, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Such a good word Diana. While it can be easy to excuse worry as just a small matter, I appreciate you pointing it out as the sin it is.
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      Diana Rockwell
      July 30, 2015 at 5:50 am

      Dear Wanda, together we can walk in the confidence that God is good all the time and all the time He is good. And if God is for us who can be against us. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post. Blessings Diana
      Diana Rockwell recently posted..Psalm 119 W7D1

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    Dr. Michelle Bengtson
    July 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Diana,
    I love that you call a spade, a spade. There’s no two ways around it: If God says don’t do it, it’s sin. Confess it and turn back to Jesus. Fear, worry, anxiety wouldn’t be in 365 scriptures (one for every day of the year) times if God didn’t think we would struggle with it, but the good news is that He has provided a way out. Thanks for sharing #Truth!
    Dr. Michelle Bengtson recently posted..3 Magic Words

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      Diana Rockwell
      July 30, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Dear Michelle, thank you for reading my post and for commenting. Your words of encouragement mean so much to me. Blessings Diana
      Diana Rockwell recently posted..Psalm 119 W7D1

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    Betsy de Cruz
    July 30, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Diana, now that you put it this way: worry is illogical, irrational, inconsistent, irreligious, ineffective, AND sinful, I think I’ll stop! (I wish it were that easy.) I love the scriptures you include at the end. We need to anchor our mind to these, so that worry will lose its hold. Timely word for me!
    Betsy de Cruz recently posted..How to Thrive in the Face of Challenge

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    Diana Rockwell
    July 30, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Dear Barbie, thank you for your loving heart and support of me. Thank you for opening up your blog to us. I love the new look of your blog. I love you my friend and sister in Christ. Blessings Diana
    Diana Rockwell recently posted..Psalm 119 W7D1

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    Lux
    July 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Worry is a sin in disguise. This got my attention really. Come to think of it, you doubt God’s plans, you start feeling fear, you make irrational decisions when you worry. And that roots to sinning.

    I love the way you presented it. So logical and enlightening.

    Thank you!
    Lux recently posted..10 Random Life Lessons

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