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How to Combat Worry: A Study from Luke 12:22-34

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In Luke 12: 22-23, Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”

Do not worry. Sometimes, that seems impossible, right? There have been times when I have been stressing out about one thing or another and my husband or a close friend has said to me, “Don’t worry about it. It’s going to be okay.” And as well meaning as that advice is, part of me, is like, “Thanks. Like it’s as simple as just turning a switch off or on.  If it was that simple, I’d had already stopped stressing out!”

But when Jesus issues this command, He offers us more than well intended, but impossible to put into practice advice. He empowers us with principles to combat worry and embrace a trust in God that transforms our relationship with Him, and our reaction to challenges in our every day.

From Luke 12:22-34, in this video are 4 principles that have been helping me win the battle against worry and I believe will empower you to do the same: 

 

1) Know how valuable you are to God.

“24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” -Luke 12: 24 NIV

 2) Discern between culture and Kingdom-mindsets.

“29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.” -Luke 12:29-30 NIV

3) Pivot your pursuits to the Kingdom.

31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” -Luke 12:31 NIV

4) Cultivate generosity.  

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:33-34 NIV

Today’s quick Bible study came from insights included in the Bible reading plan I created called The 365 Plan. I want to help you cultivate powerful and meaningful time in God’s Word everyday. If you are looking to develop this daily habit, or want to add fresh vibrancy to this transforming spiritual practice, then visit https://www.nicolesmithee.com/the365plan/ to learn more and subscribe today. Read the Bible daily with me, and let this year be the year your faith is revolutionized by a few minutes everyday spent prayerfully reading and meditating on truth from the Bible.

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