"Yet a time is coming
and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the
kind of worshipers the Father seeks." - John 4:23

My Heavenly Daddy is healing
me from the inside out.

Transparency is Real.
Many times painful.

Daddy let me be secure in You only!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Worry seems to be the topic these days. My last two devotionals from two different sources have centered on "worrying." Hmmmmmm.......

Today's devotional for this date is one that I have shared with many people in the past. Even using it as one of my early-on devotions at my last job. Very simple and plain. Not too deep. But, makes its point.

Though worrying may be a normal part of your life, it does not have to be. God does not want you to worry. Worry is Fear! Hard as it may be, we need to make the conscience effort to cast our cares onto the Lord. He will not do it for us. Most often than not, this process will take some time. Maybe a life time.

Growing up in a worry sick environment for so many years, I have my work cut out for me. I have been known to analyze the possible worst scenario to what I perceive as a "threatening" (whether emotional or physical) situation. One that would require "my little girl" to have to face and come to grips with. Shaking in her little shoes all the way out of fear. In the past I would derive a way, if I could, to avoid any such pain. Have a game plan. Run away as best I could from the fear worry would produce. In the end, there would always be something else to worry about on top of the other worry I was trying to avoid.

Or I would rehash over and over days upon days upon months even, a troublesome situation. Literally frying parts of my brain by using the same memory over again in one spot. A known fact that the brain has powerful hormones that are sent out. Intended only for short-term worries and emergency situations. Over a period of time with constant worry, many brain cells will be killed off.

Like with any 'bad' habit, it will take time to restructure and rewire my thinking. Regain some healthy brain cells. Putting my full dependance on God.

God is willing to work with us. If we let Him.

"Therefore do not worry and be anxious."
(Matthew 6:31)

God is vehemently against worry. Jesus preached against it. Paul preached against it. The whole Bible preaches against worry because it was designed by Satan to produce stress, strain, and death.

Yet many of us still act as if it's an option, as if we're free to worry if we want to. But we're not! Worrying is a sin. It's one of those things the Word of God directly commands us not to do.

What are you supposed to do then with all the concerns you have about your problems? In 1 Peter 5:7, God says you should "cast them all upon Him." All. Not 75 percent of them. Not all of them but the ones about your kids. All of them!

Your confession every morning should be, "I do not have a care in this world because I've cast every one of them onto my Lord."

Let me illustrate how that works. Let's say you were standing about 20 feet away from me and I tossed my car keys to you. If someone else were to come to me and say, "Brother Copeland, I need the keys to your car. I need to use it." I would say, "I can't help you. I cast my keys over on him. I don't have them anymore."

That's what you need to do with your worries. You need to cast them over on the Lord and not take them back. If Satan brings a worried thought to your mind, saying, "What if this terrible thing happens?" then you can tell him to talk to God about it. It's in His hands, not yours!

Once you do that, changes will start to take place in your life. Problems you've been fretting about for years will start being solved. You'll no longer be tying God's hands with your worrying. His power can begin to operate because you've acted in faith and cast your cares on Him!

Remember, though, God will not take your cares away from you. You have to give them to Him. Then you have to replace those worries with the Word. You are the one who has to keep your thoughts under control. But you can do it. The Greater One dwells within you. He is able to put you over. Commit to it. You'll never have to worry again.

(Kenneth Copeland)



  2. I use to spend so much time stuck in the negative loop and missed the life God had planned for me.

    The mind is powerful and once it gets stuck in a loop it is hard to stop it. I had to start putting it in a positive loop. Think of all the good things that could happen.

    In my car I listend to positive affirmations over and over until it started taking up that space in my head.

    I had to break the habit and realize this was negative forces wanting to keep me from being whole as God intended.

  3. Great post! I am noticing as that I am starting to worry way more than I ever did. My children are getting older and they are out of my eyesight more often and I find I am worrying about them. My daughter has made a few poor decisions that have really stung the family and now I am worrying about her future decisions.

    I know this is a ploy of Satan to get my mind off of the things God wants them on and on to self. I will be praying more about this.

    Thanks for sharing,

  4. When I started to worry I remember what someone once told me. Worry is another word for fear and fear and faith can't come together. You got to choose one. Stay strong out there. And I love love love the little owl.

  5. I never really thought of worry as fear .. I always saw it as "doubt"....doubt will keep me restless in the ability of God to perform, watch over His Word in my life....will he or will he not ...I know he can but will he or will he not ....you cannot have faith if you doubt....if my hands are tainted with doubt and wrath I shall not be able to lift holy hands unto the LORD ... but I can see also your point of view on worry being fear....I think it all is so closely related that it includes all of these thoughts...worry is just harmful and needs to be cast down by the power of God's Word....hugs from Arkansa usa

  6. "liberally frying my brain"....I can so relate:) I chuckle as I read,
    even though I know it's no joke
    when you're living the anxiety.
    Jesus-Oh for grace to trust you more.
    Cheering you on,

  7. In my struggles I have been goin through, fear is a factor. Thanks. The words that stood out for me :: God is willing to work with us if we let Him ::

  8. I remember our pastor saying that "worry is a sin" because that means we are not completely trusting and relying in God Who is the Most powerful of all and Who is bigger than any problems we encounter...I think worry starts to set when our faith meter seems to lessen. Praying that our faith will increase the more this year and prepare us all for what lies ahead...God bless JBR!

  9. Worry is a hard habit to break but it can be done. With time you will feel the freedom from worry.