Thou shalt not… worry? Is that a commandment? Well… NO, it’s not one of the Ten Commandments – but it is a command from God’s Word!
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
Notice this is not a suggestion! It does not say, “Brethren, if you want to, why don’t you cast your care upon Him…” No! It commands us to cast our cares upon Him! What does the word “care” mean in this verse?
The Greek word used is “merimna” (mer’-im-nah) “(through the idea of distraction); solicitude: – care.” Also, it means “worry”… look at the Amplified version of this verse:
1 Peter 5:7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
We are to cast our worry upon the Lord! In other words, don’t worry about things, let the Lord handle them for you! What is worry in the spiritual sense? It is meditation on the word of the devil! It is thinking over and over on those things that he is trying to use to distract you (part of that word’s definition) from the Word of God and living by faith. Here’s something else that will shock some of you! You can’t operate in faith and worry about something at the same time!
Worry and faith just can’t function together. They can’t co-exist! Fear is at the root of worry, and fear is the opposite of faith! Fear and faith are reciprocals! We’ve looked at 1 Peter 5:7; let’s look at verse eight:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
It is not a coincidence that this scripture follows the one on worry! This scripture does not say that satan is going about devouring everyone and anyone he wants. No! It says that he is seeking whom he may – those that are open to be devoured! Satan is not a lion, he just roars as one! Who is open for satan to devour? Those that give place to him!
Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
The Amplified version says:
Ephesians 4:27 Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].
Now, who is the one who decides whether he has an opportunity? YOU ARE!
One way of giving place to satan in your thought life is through worry!
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
The Greek here says, “Don’t worry or have any anxiety about anything!” Some Christians would not dare swear, drink, spit or chew… especially in church! Yet, those same Christians will sit in every service that they attend and allow satan to buffet their minds with worry! They can’t get anything out of the ministry of the Word because they are distracted by their own, personal, problems. And they will remain their problems – until they make a quality decision to cast them on the Lord and live free of worry!
Mark 4:18-19 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Note here in Mark 4, in Jesus’ teaching on “The Sower Sows the Word.” The list of the cares (that Greek word merimna) of this world is one of the things satan tries to use to get the seed of God’s Word out of your heart! Worry is a destroyer! Don’t take it lightly in your thought life!
Philippians 4:7-9 goes on to say:
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
“Keep” is the Greek word phroureo (froo-reh-o) which means: “to be a watcher in advance, that is, to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); figuratively to hem in, protect: – keep (with a garrison).”
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.
“think” here is the Greek word logizomai (log-id’-zom-ahee) “to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).”
Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
An unrenewed mind (which is what a “carnal mind” is) is dangerous to your faith!
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
“Enmity” here is: echthra (ekh’-thrah) “hostility; by implication a reason for opposition: – enmity, hatred.”
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Gentiles (without a covenant) walk in the vanity of their un-renewed mind.
Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
“Vanity” here is: mataiotēs (mat-ah-yot’-ace) “inutility; figuratively transientness; morally depravity: – vanity.”
I had to look up “inutility” in the dictionary! It means: “the quality of having no practical use!”
What kind of mind DO we have?
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
“Sound” here is: sōphronismos (so-fron-is-mos’) “discipline, that is, self control: – sound mind.”
Arm yourself with the mind of Christ!
1 Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The phrase in the KJV that says: “let this mind” is the word: phroneō (fron-eh’-o) “to exercise the mind, that is, entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by implication to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intensively to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience): – set the affection on, (be) care (-ful), (be like-, + be of one, + be of the same, + let this) mind (-ed, regard, savour, think.”
Note that you have to LET His mind be in you! It is YOUR choice!