By Chuck Bentley
Strongholds are false beliefs and bad philosophies. These happen frequently when it comes to money. Worry is a financial stronghold that affects every single one of us, and certainly some more than others.
Worry is a feeling of anxiety or unease about future uncertainties. It is that feeling you get when your mind is taken over by fear and doubt. You with me?
Worry is actually rooted in a lack of confidence in God. That is why we are taken captive by worry because it keeps us from fully trusting God.
A friend of mine lost all of his worldly possessions in the collapse of the economy in Zimbabwe. Today, he explains to me that the worry about losing everything was far worse than the experience itself. After his worst nightmare did in fact happen, he realized how much of his life had been lost in grinding worry and anxiety and that it was far worse than the real event.
Satan wants to keep you bound up by worry, especially about money. That is why in Matthew 6, Jesus says that we resemble pagans when we worry. He also promises that he will provide our daily needs. This doesn’t say we shouldn’t work but clearly that we should not worry.
Let’s get practical. When you worry, use it as a reminder immediately to cast your fears and doubts upon Jesus. He is in charge of your future; you are not. Resign as master of the universe. He asked you to be set free of anything to do with tomorrow and to live one day at a time. I hope you are feeling better already!
Originally posted 8/27/16.
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