How to Deal With the Three Ugly Stepsisters: Worry, Doubt, Fear

Sometimes people believe many of the “right” things about God and have fairly solid theology, yet their lives seem none the better for it.  How can this be?  Often we have rebellious rumblings under the surface of our consciousness.  They can go undetected unless we take time to allow them to surface and intentionally address them.

Worry is one such rumbling that can rob our spiritual lives.  It is a deceptive thought/feeling.  It can make us feel like we are being responsible when we are not. Worry never helps a situation. Jesus told His disciples not to worry about their lives, clothes or food.  He asked, “Who by worrying can add one hour to their life?” (Luke 12:24)  Paul said not to worry or be anxious about anything, but instead to
bring our concerns to God. (Philippians 4:6)  Peter exhorts us to cast all our anxiety upon the Lord who cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)

Doubt can also creep into our relationship with...

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Where Are You NOW?

 

Are you able to live in the present?  Many are not.

Some people are haunted by their past.  Possibly they have been hurt by others – and are still carrying the wounds.  Others have made some big mistakes, and they can’t forgive themselves so that they can move on.

We must learn to confess what we have done and receive forgiveness in our souls. We must also forgive others before God – releasing them from their “debt/s” owed us.  This is not always easy work, and it may involve the help of a trusted friend or spiritual leader, but it is ALWAYS possible!

A resource you may find helpful is Total Forgiveness, by RT Kendall.

Some people, on the other hand, are haunted by their future.  Either they are so attached to their dreams that they have trouble being responsible in the present, or they are paralyzed by worry and dwelling on negative possibilities.  Jesus made it clear, however, that worry offers us no benefit...

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Learn to Be BOTH Still and Active!

One of the great challenges of our day is that hardly any of us are very good at stilling ourselves before the Lord. The good news is that we can all learn to do so. 

There is, however, an additional problem that might surface as we learn to be still. As we behold God’s goodness, experience measures of healing in our souls, and get in touch with our true selves, we have the potential to get stuck. 

Sometimes, we can so enjoy our time with the Lord that we become passive in our faith.

When we learn to receive, rather than strive, we might (unintentionally) forget the value of purposefully pursuing the Lord, and the importance of obeying His direction.

No one means to become too passive or disobedient, but it can happen if we over-prize our experience of Him, rather than our growing relationship with Him.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
The verse goes on to say, “I wil be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in...

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