Don’t Worry—Be Happy!
Adapted from the teaching, Cast Your Cares, by Audrey Mack
Worry comes naturally to every one of us.
But when we look closely at the Word, we find out that worry is really a response to fear. And fear is the total opposite of faith.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus told us four times not to worry—about our lives, about tomorrow, about what to eat or what to wear. This just about covers everything, doesn't it?
Jesus knew that worry is not only unproductive, it will also choke out the Word and make your faith unfruitful, stealing the blessings of God.
You cannot worry and be in faith at the same time!
Luke 21:34 puts worry next to carousing and drunkenness. Did you know that, like alcohol, worry will cause you to lose your vision of God, His power, His provision and His goodness?
If I can’t worry, what do I do?
“Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” —1 Peter 5:7
When I think of casting, I see a man casting his fishing line as far as possible. The idea is to get it as far from you as possible.
In Philippians 4:6 Paul said “Do not worry about anything but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.”
Sadly, prayer is often the last thing we do—yet it is the most powerful thing we can do. When we pray in faith and then give thanks to God, we are casting our cares on Him. The key is to keep thoughts of fear and worry out of our minds.
It can be done!
When things don’t change immediately, we tend to allow worry back in. Unchecked thoughts can become a stronghold that will keep us in bondage. When those thoughts come, you must resist them. Refuse to dwell on them or they will become stronger.
When the devil throws those same thoughts back at you, open your mouth and speak the Word. This is how Jesus defeated temptation, and it’s how we will resist negative thoughts and win the battle.
You cannot defeat thoughts with thoughts—only with the spoken Word. Revelation 12:11 says we overcome by the word of our testimony, and our testimony comes from the Word of God!
Up for a challenge? Close your eyes, and think of what you had for dinner yesterday. Then start saying your name, your age and your favorite color out loud.
What happened to your thoughts about dinner? That’s right, they just stopped.
The point I’m making is: When thoughts of worry come into your mind, shut them down by opening your mouth and speaking the Word of God!