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Lesson #3: Dealing with Worries

A powerful enemy capable of destroying the greatest plans and purposes God


Introduction


Anxiety can distract even the most faithful Christians from their relationship with God. Anxiety is a cripple and take over the mind by plunging our thoughts into darkness.


“Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.”—Billy Graham

We will look into the biblical ways of overcoming and dealing with worries and anxiety.


Matthew 6:27-34 ERV

27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? It’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!


31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.


1. Worries


Worries are a powerful enemy capable of destroying the greatest plans and purposes God has ever thought of for you. At times, the rush will cause you to make hasty decisions that in the long run will produce unfortunate consequences.

Beware of anxiety. Being anxious makes you vulnerable to failure.

Don't try to bypass processes. Everything has a time, everything has its time. Do you know what is the best thing to wait for? That when what you expect comes or what you want happens, you are much happier. You need the peace of God instead of the cares of the world.


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7


2. Trust in God


God knows the dimension of your concerns. Moreover, God is not only interested in them, He has resolved to help you. However, you will not experience the benefits of walking with God if you do not first learn to trust Him.


“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8


3. Defining your priorities


The interests of the kingdom of God must be your priority. During your life, you will be able to take care of countless things, but the result that you will have will only leave a great load of vanity.

Think about what God cares about. Make the decision to pay the price of pleasing God rather than pleasing men. Before deciding, go to the secret and ask God: Lord, what do you want me to do? Seek to please God, even if it means saying goodbye to a vain pleasure.


“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Matthew 6:33



Lección #3: Cómo lidiar con las preocupaciones


Introducción


La ansiedad puede distraer incluso a los cristianos más fieles de su relación con Dios. La ansiedad es un lisiado y se apodera de la mente al sumergir nuestros pensamientos en la oscuridad.


“La ansiedad es el resultado natural cuando nuestras esperanzas se centran en cualquier cosa que no sea Dios y Su voluntad para nosotros”—Billy Graham

Examinaremos las formas bíblicas de superar y lidiar con las preocupaciones y la ansiedad.


Mateo 6:27-34 DHH

27 En todo caso, por mucho que uno se preocupe, ¿cómo podrá prolongar su vida ni siquiera una hora?


28 »¿Y por qué se preocupan ustedes por la ropa? Fíjense cómo crecen los lirios del campo: no trabajan ni hilan. 29 Sin embargo, les digo que ni siquiera el rey Salomón, con todo su lujo, se vestía como uno de ellos. 30 Pues si Dios viste así a la hierba, que hoy está en el campo y mañana se quema en el horno, ¡con mayor razón los vestirá a ustedes, gente falta de fe! 31 Así que no se preocupen, preguntándose: “¿Qué vamos a comer?” o “¿Qué vamos a beber?” o “¿Con qué vamos a vestirnos?” 32 Todas estas cosas son las que preocupan a los paganos, pero ustedes tienen un Padre celestial que ya sabe que las necesitan. 33 Por lo tanto, pongan toda su atención en el reino de los cielos y en hacer lo que es justo ante Dios, y recibirán también todas estas cosas. 34 No se preocupen por el día de mañana, porque mañana habrá tiempo para preocuparse. Cada día tiene bastante con sus propios problemas.


1. Preocupaciones


Las preocupaciones son un enemigo poderoso capaz de destruir los planes y propósitos más grandes que Dios haya pensado para ti. En ocasiones, las prisas te llevarán a tomar decisiones apresuradas que a la larga producirán consecuencias lamentables.