Corona Worry

Worry About Corona Doesn’t Work

March 27, 2020 – Pastor George Dupree

 

Amid all of the concerns over the COVID-19 Pandemic I want to encourage you about your thinking during these difficult times.

 

First let’s make a distinction between worrying and concern. Concern is acknowledging a problem and taking steps to correct it. Worrying is going around in circles, fretting, not taking action.

 

Worry is something that nearly everyone is familiar with. Worry can best be defined as a chain of negative thoughts that have to do with fears about the future and regrets about the past.

 

Concern can be useful. Concern can be a method to resolve problems and anticipate and prepare for future events. For example, being concerned about a test will cause you to study, because by studying, you will reduce the negative feeling accompanying the concern. However, rather than solving problems, chronic worriers often simply generate more and more worries.

 

Excessive worry can become a significant problem. Since worry is often accomplished by a mixture of negative emotions, for example tension, fear, apprehension; and physical sensations such as muscle tension, heart palpitations, upset stomach — worrying can have a substantial impact on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Excessive worry can lead to impaired functioning — for example, excessive worry can distract someone from their work, or decrease enjoyment of good things that are happening. It’s been said that approximately 15% of the population spend eight hours a day worrying.

 

Luke 12:25-26 Does worry add anything to your life? Can it add one more year, or even one day? 26 So if worrying adds nothing, but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry about God’s care of you?

 

Peace Replaces Worry

John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid

 

Have you ever said, “I’m worried sick!”

If you have, there is medical evidence that you’re absolutely right on the mark. Worry can make you sick.

 

Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t worry about it!” “That’s easier said than done,” you replied. It is hard to stop worrying. That’s because worry is a habit and it is as addictive as chemical abuse. Worry is emotional abuse of the self. It has absolutely no productive or positive qualities and it is always a negative, downward spiral.

 

Trust In God Cancels Worry

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

 

Prayer Brings Exceptional Peace

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

Are You Worried? Have A Little Talk With Jesus

Psalms 55:22 My LORD, I belong to you.

I tell you what worries me, and you won’t let me fall.