How to Stop Worrying About the Future: 4 Practical Tips
Are you struggling with what’s going on in your current life? Are you starting to feel anxious, maybe even overwhelmed with panic? I’ll show you how to stop worrying about the future, and instead, focus on God.
I get it, I am talking to myself at times. We worry about the bills piling up, we worry about a trial we’re going through, we worry about the past and how to fix it.
Regardless of what’s causing the anxiety, this emotion displeases God because we are not living by faith. Whether you caused your situation or not, it doesn’t matter. God turns everything into good for His glory. Period.
Or, maybe you’re thinking, I have done nothing wrong to cause my life circumstance, why is this happening to me? You’re worrying about something you can’t change.
Many people are stressed about their many “life issues.” There are so many life factors involved, whether its relationships, children, marital, financial, job, etc etc! Yet, we have no control over any situation except for how we live today.
Today is a new day, my friend. Stop living in the past, stop worrying about the future, and start living again. Start living for Him. Find out what he wants YOUR story to be.
Will you join me?
Meditate and Memorize Bible Verses
If you seriously think about it, most of our thoughts are negative. The “what ifs” are always popping up in our head. Should we even be entertaining any negative thoughts? No, my friend. Instead, meditate on this bible verse, pray about this bible verse, and memorize this bible verse. And, watch the joy in life again begin to appear. It’s a life changing experience.
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
It’s time to begin biblically thinking about spiritual matters. Are we intentionally removing that spiritual clutter on a daily basis, helping us to draw closer to Lord? We are going to be tempted daily. Yet, the Bible tells us to live by faith. But honestly, how many of us do that? The trials I face have caused me to pause and think about how God is glorified when I’m doubting Him, doubting His Word?
I have struggled with worry — most of my life, and have found myself thinking about things I shouldn’t. So, after going through counseling classes and meditating and memorizing God’s Word, my eyes opened up wide.
I didn’t have to use worry as an excuse anymore to stay crippled in fear! When I caught myself doubting Him, I pulled out that verse and it worked!
Below is the bible scripture that helps me DAILY when I catch my thoughts lead me down the wrong path. Start taking inventory of your mind and evaluate, are my thoughts praiseworthy? If not, it’s time to purge!
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Evaluate Your Thoughts
Are your thoughts pure and positive or worry and anxiety?
Evaluate each and every thought you have for the rest of the day and ask yourself when you catch yourself drifting into your OWN thoughts…is it pure? Is it a good report or lovely? If no, STOP! Instead, think about the lovely things God has given you. Like having children, the roof over your head, the food on the table. There are so many things to start living for!
You, my friend, are blessed! You are just not seeing it and I want to show you how!
My challenge for you today is to get out a journal and start writing down all of the negative thoughts you have during the day. You’ll be surprised how many times you do not think on things that are lovely.
Pray About Your Worry, Fear, and Anxiety
So, you’re thinking — will I really overcome daily anxiety and worry with these bible verses? Yes, here’s a quick overview on how to stop worrying about the future:
- Pray to God and ask God to help you. Talk to God every minute you can, this will reduce the negative thoughts from creeping in. Remember, he is the ultimate counselor.
This will allow you to transform those thoughts of worry into positive, pure thoughts. Anxiety and worry are most likely the emotions we face many times throughout the day. Emotions can be deceiving.
- Meditate on a bible verse (like the one above) to help you remember how to keep those toxic thoughts away from your mind. Keep this in mind, the poison seeping into your mind will drain your energy, your confidence in God, and will cripple you spiritually. Your direct line to God will become frayed.
- Memorize a bible verse specifically for the struggle you are going through. There are so many other bible verses that will remind you of how you can stop taking the focus off of you. Instead, you’ll begin to focus on the most important thing in your life, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Commit Your Time to the Lord
Let’s make a commitment today. Proverbs 16:3 says, Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. Let’s be blessed by trusting TOTALLY on the Lord.
God made us to serve Him, so let’s do it! We have two choices every day…please God or please ourselves.
Which one are you going to work on today?
Write in the comments below and make a commitment today on who YOU are going to serve! Remember, it’s going to hard at first to change your thinking like with any habit, but once it becomes a habit, you will be BLESSED!
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:5