How to Get Rid of Worry

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. –Eph. 2:8–9

Did you know that nothing you do will make the plan of God work? Conversely, you can do nothing bad enough to keep the plan of God from happening when you confess your mistakes and get back on track. God is ordering your steps (Ps. 37:23). He is performing His will and good pleasure in your life (Phil. 2:13).

Even though I can’t do anything without God, every now and then I’m convinced I can help the Lord out. God, I have an idea. I really think You ought to do this. It would improve the situation dramatically.

You have to get rid of that kind of thinking because as you walk with God, when you have brought every sin and mistake you’ve made before the Father and repented, the will of God is going to come to pass in your life. You haven’t messed it up so badly that even after you’ve repented, God changed His mind about you. That’s wrong thinking. When you realize this truth, it takes cares and worry off you. You can finally come to a place where you realize you have no worth independent of the Greater One in you. That revelation is one of the greatest anybody can have. It gives worry no place to take hold.

Really, each of us just has to get over your own selves. We may be athletic, smart, or as pretty as a picture, but even when you have these things—or anything—going for you, without the Lord, you are nothing. We must come to this understanding that we are dependent on His grace for everything and anything we do.

If you’re not protecting some measure of self-worth outside of Christ, then you’re not threatened by anything that might seem to be contrary to that evaluation and there’s nothing to be threatened. When you realize you are nothing without the Lord, you are dealing appropriately with worry because worry can only depart when genuine humility comes.

Make yourself available to God by saying, “Lord, without You, I can do nothing.” Then God can begin shaping and directing your life.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

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