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7 Ways to Stay Focused on God When Worry Takes Over

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Sometimes we get consumed with worry and fear when we find ourselves in tough situations. We focus on our own desires, our problems, our short comings, and even become focused on other people’s blessings instead of our own. We focus on everything and everyone else, instead of focusing on the one person who can actually help us.

Follow these 7 Daily Habits to Stay Focused on God:

1. Don’t Depend on You

We live in a world where trust must be earned and seems to be in short supply. But Solomon, the famous king who wrote Proverbs, knew that trust is exactly where we must start:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

Most of us have faced disappointments, which have taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves. But living the life God has called us to means unlearning that lesson. Instead, we’re meant to rest in God’s understanding.

We may know in our minds that He possesses all wisdom:

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33

But sometimes trusting Him completely like that can be tough. So, each day we must consciously lay aside our own plans and expectations—and surrender to His plans.

What if we don’t feel like we can trust Him like that? That’s where step 2 comes in…

2. Cry out to God

Surrendering to God begins with our lips and our thoughts. We need more than a commitment to depend on Him; we need to cry out to Him to show that dependence.

“in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6)

When we pray, we admit that His ways are higher than ours. We show that we’re leaving our troubles and burdens and dreams in His capable hands. In fact, the Bible promises that when we reach out to Him in prayer, He hears us:

“Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. ” (Psalm 55:17)

We handed the keys of our lives to Him, and we know that He’s able to lead us. But in order for that to work, we have to…

3. Run from Evil

So much in this world can clutter up our relationship with God. John, the writer of the fourth gospel, describes them as the desires of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride in our lives (1 John 2:16). In other words, our blessings can easily become our stumbling blocks when we think of them as what we deserve or what we need to be happy.

Instead, life works best when we remember the true source of our blessings—God—and focus on the things that please Him:

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)

Sometimes, the only way to live the life God wants us to live is by separating ourselves from the bad influences that keep dragging us down. That works the best when we start pursuing something else in their place:

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)

Is that easy? Not at all. Fleeing from the evil desires that pull at us means spending a lot of time crying out to God and leaning on Him. But our Creator promises to honor our commitment to Him when we shun evil:

“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:8)

When we pursue Him, we find life—abundant life. Running from evil and pursuing God doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Instead, it means we have to make a serious change:

4. Put God First in Your Life

It’s easiest to put ourselves first. When something good happens, we want to congratulate ourselves with a reward. When something bad happens, we want to console ourselves or find someone to blame. In other words, we often have a “me-centric” starting place.

And when it comes to money, the struggle is even harder. But Solomon, who had quite a bit of wealth himself, knew that his money didn’t belong to him:

“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9–10)

If we can trust God with the first of our wealth, we’re truly showing how much we depend on Him. Handing over the first part of our paycheck takes a huge amount of faith, after all. But doing so means being God-centric.

To get there, though, make sure you…

5. Check Yourself by God’s Word

Let’s be honest. We aren’t so good at evaluating ourselves. We will go to great lengths to excuse our behavior, our actions, and our sins. Who needs a defense attorney when we can pretty much find a reason for any bad thing we do? The prophet Jeremiah captures this very well:

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

If we’re ever going to truly trust in God and flee evil, we have to know exactly where we stand. We have to find an objective measure that tells us the truth. And that truth comes from God and His Word.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll always like what we see or how we see it:

“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke” (Proverbs 3:11)

That’s right. Sometimes it takes something bad happening or seeing ourselves in a bad light before we finally admit that we need to change. And the more we’re in the Bible, the more likely this is to happen.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)

When we have Scripture planted firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us.

6. Listen to the Holy Spirit

When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the church, He told His disciples that this Counselor would be their spiritual compass or GPS:

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

As we go through our day, this same Holy Spirit guides us, too. That means we don’t have to go it alone or hope we’re getting it right. No, the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and protects us:

“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Timothy 1:14)

After all, the gift of the Holy Spirit to us believers reminds us that we can truly…

7. Rest in God’s Love

When we face a difficult world each day, we can sometimes wonder if God even cares. Why do bad things happen? Where is God when I need Him? Solomon reminds us that God never takes a break or leaves us to fend for ourselves:

“because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:12)

Even in the midst of turmoil, God sticks with us and uses those challenges to shape us. When we understand that, our perspective completely flips. No longer do we see our setbacks as failures; we see them as moments when God, as our loving Father, works on us.

And that’s exactly why we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts. He cares for us each and every day. He gives us what we need to thrive. He pours blessing after blessing upon us.

Of course, following each of these daily steps isn’t easy. That’s why Jesus said we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). Trusting God takes a whole-hearted commitment from dawn till dusk. But we’re never alone in it:

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

84 Comments

84 Comments

  1. Chouchouna Mjinga

    May 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Bless you

  2. Angelina Dowdell

    May 25, 2017 at 10:41 am

    U can always be foces BUt some kind of way the devil always try to do his part so that’s when u call in the name of Jesus remove this devil away U know god put the devil in our life to see how strong you are

  3. Rose Sehlapelo

    May 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Thanx

  4. Kimberly Boyd Fynaardt

    May 24, 2017 at 3:35 am

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  5. Tyresa Deleston

    May 24, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I’ve tried but nothing so idk anymore I give up

  6. Anita Goodin

    May 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Avril Nurse this is worth a read xx

  7. Seboladi Moeti

    May 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Oh thank u lord when i’m bit distructed you just remind me .

  8. Diann Bond

    May 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Elora Leann Palmer

  9. Vicki Metz Chase

    May 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Amen.

  10. Noble Stellamaris

    May 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Yep

  11. Ristina Schostag

    May 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I have been trying to practice this but have stumbled. Thank you for the reminder! <3

  12. Lovely Shella Lacroix Ester

    May 5, 2017 at 12:13 am

  13. Nelo Akirika

    April 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    indeed so true

  14. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    April 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Great article!

  15. Anna Casillas Muñoz

    April 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Great article !!

  16. Geraldine Cupido de Vries

    April 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Hendrina Cupido

  17. Mary Kahoro

    April 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Sure

  18. Otsanya Onmonya Comfort

    April 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    So true

  19. Jenny Caluag Soriano

    April 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I really need this thank you…

  20. Lisa Hernandez

    April 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

    This is a fantastic article, very much recommended to every woman ❤️

  21. Beth ZoFeya Rapthap

    April 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Sephpa Jose

  22. Adin G. Oniruag

    April 23, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Amen! Let us leave no room in our minds for the devil to dictate us! Let’s keep praising God, yes, even just humming spiritual songs when we are alone. That is very true as my experience!

  23. レティシア リード Leticia

    April 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Johnny Sight

  24. Danielle Duquette

    April 23, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Cyenna Draven Mascalino

  25. Diann Bond

    April 23, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Elora Leann Palmer
    Amber Espinoza

  26. Karen McCurry

    April 23, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Amen!!

  27. Shela DM

    April 23, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Amen…i truly believe this. We should always thank GOD no matter how the circumtances is.

  28. Alice Davis

    April 23, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Powerful

  29. Mary Buku

    April 23, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Amen to that.

  30. Ana Mae Maymay Dusaran

    April 23, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Go for God!

  31. Mid Nightsky

    April 22, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Amen to that sweeep sweep devil away i do not wish to play for tha.lord is here to stay #Amen#

  32. Sylvia Muzandaka

    April 22, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Locadia Rukara

  33. Bobbie Deal

    April 22, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Soooo true

  34. Terry Daley

    April 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Amen

  35. Kim Colclough

    April 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Lia Wilkins

  36. Lorna Marie Lariviere

    April 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm

  37. Ong Victorious

    March 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Amen ! Hallelujah !!! Praise The Lord !!! ❤❤❤✌✌✌

  38. Joyce Barnett

    March 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Ain’t that the truth Amen

  39. Lilly Darshan

    March 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Yes

  40. Angelina Dowdell

    March 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Amen. because the devil work just as harded is god just to see how weak u r

  41. Keneilwe Silatane-Juba

    March 29, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Amen Amen

  42. Valerie Dearborn

    March 29, 2017 at 5:57 am

    There are two beautiful children in Uganda – pls. Pray they recieve a home and all their needs met. Lost their parents and need love and guidence.
    God pls. Touch these lives and make a way where there is no way. You know who they are Father they need you now.

  43. Zippy Abigail Philips

    March 29, 2017 at 5:16 am

    True

  44. Rebecca Burgess

    March 29, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Praising my Savior all the day long.

  45. Carolyn Locklear

    March 29, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Amen

  46. Nancy Youmans

    March 29, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Amen

  47. Mona Liza Gonyon

    March 29, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Amen.

  48. Teresita Serrata

    March 29, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Amen!!!

  49. Fiona Ryan

    March 29, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Amen

  50. Lorna Marie Lariviere

    March 28, 2017 at 11:55 pm

  51. Rosetta Rutter

    March 28, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Amen ♡

  52. Alice Chong

    March 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Amen Amen JLAC

  53. Mocha Williams

    March 28, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Amen!

  54. RosarioBaby ArayaAtienza

    March 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Amen

  55. Terry Daley

    March 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  56. Heather Speers

    March 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Melanie McMath xx

  57. Heather Speers

    March 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Kenneth Amanda Hanna x

  58. LaVerne Richardson

    March 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    In The Mighty , Name Of Jesus Amen !!

  59. Telly Manuel

    March 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Always be guided by God’s word.

  60. Deborah Dionisio

    March 28, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Amen!

  61. Neo Ntobong

    March 28, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    true!!!!!

  62. Mzis Smith

    March 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Praise him

  63. Tjoet Chelle Kwasie

    March 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Santucha Plein like deze page

  64. Patricia Mabunda

    March 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Amen

  65. Marita Edys

    March 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Amen

  66. Laura Spain

    March 28, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    This is my prayer. Amen

  67. Noxolo Radebe

    March 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Dat true

  68. Marie Williamson Bloch

    March 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Amen ❤

  69. Amanda M Agbi Ihewulezi

    March 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Big fact!

  70. Nwamaka Nwokeji Ezemaduka

    March 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Very true

  71. Prudence Skosana

    March 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Amen

  72. Sonya Alexander

    March 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Choice

  73. Heidi Van Wyk

    March 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Halleluyah

  74. Jenifer Sewell

    March 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    AMEN!!!!!!!

  75. Monique Elizabeth

    March 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

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  76. Peggy Dobson

    March 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Amen!!!

  77. Sandy Arnold

    March 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Amen !!!

  78. Dee Jones

    March 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Amen

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