Worrier or Warrior?

by Cherrilynn Bisbano

“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.” Luke 21:14 NIV

“Worrier,” I said into my phone. I needed the definition for a bible study. The voice search activation came up with “Warrior.”

I did it again. Same results.

“Third times a charm,” I thought to myself.

“Warrior!”

Either I do not know how to pronounce the word, or God is sending me a message.

During that year, I became physically ill because of worry. My fibromyalgia grew worse, and I could not sleep. I was a new follower of Jesus.

I spent many years thinking for myself, and I was good at solving problems. If I could not solve them, I was excellent at worrying about them, along with others’ problems. I knew God wanted me to trust Him, so I turned to Scripture. In Luke 12:22-34, Jesus told the disciples not to worry.

I felt like I was in good company. The Disciples worried. They worried about how to feed the multitudes, they worried about who was the greatest, and they even worried about dying.

Seem like good things to worry about, right?

Jesus told them on more than one occasion not to worry. “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves” (Luke 21:14 NIV).

Lord, you need to teach me how to “make up my mind beforehand so I won’t worry.

I lived with a couple from our church for almost a year. I spent holidays with the families and shared hurts, trials, and triumphs. Jan never seemed to worry about anything. I asked her why.

“I chose not to worry” she told me, and she shared this verse with me: “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 NIV).

I committed that verse to memory.

My sleepless nights trying to solve the world’s problems lessened as I continued to give my worries to God.

I envisioned approaching the throne, leaving the person or situation with Him, and walking away. Every time worry tried to return, the Spirit impressed on my heart, “Do you really want this back?”

Absolutely not! I replied. Freedom from worry gave me more time to pray for others and praise the Lord. My body and spirit grew stronger as I left my concerns with God.

I became a Prayer Warrior instead of a worrier!

A warrior storms the gates of Heaven with full assurance God will fulfill His promises, according to His good will and purpose. “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24 NIV).

When we pray, “In My Name,” we approach God in Jesus’ name, not in our own. We are praying for the Lord’s will. Prayer is not a verbal vending machine. God gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want.

Prayer is entering the throne room of the Almighty asking Him to intervene.  Prayer is a battle cry asking God to release the forces of good to demolish the forces of evil!

When God is on our side, we have NOTHING to worry about. Will you join me and become a Warrior and leave worry behind?

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer and speaker. As a certified Christian Life Coach Minister, and Ordained Minister, she aims to share the love of Christ wherever God leads. Cherrilynn is a speaker with Women Speakers. She contributes to the Blue Ridge Writers blog, is published in four compilations books, and her book Shine Don’t Whine released in 2020. Cherrilynn served in the military for twenty years, earning the John Levitow Military leadership award. She lives with her 19-year-old son Michael, Jr., and her husband of 22 years, Michael. She fondly calls them her M&M’s.

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6 thoughts on “Worrier or Warrior?

  1. Love your post about worry versus warrior. You provided valuable tools. My father use to say that I needed to stop paying tolls on bridges I had not yet crossed when he saw me worrying.

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  2. These are truths that we all need to continue meditating on because it’s seems so reasonable and it is so easy to worry. I love saying the idea I once heard: Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but you don’t go anywhere. LOL yet true!

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