The Worm of Worry
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
God is absolutely perfect in all His ways. He’s always Amazing. I’ve been worrying about some things that I shouldn’t. I’ve worried about how my blog writings will be received. As I write them, praying and leaning on the Holy Spirit, I am confident, with joy and at peace. But the moment I look back at the finished writing, and allow worry to come into my spirit — it brings doubt with it, and fear and a host of other spiritual parasites.
I wrote a blog titled Purpose and Provision a few days ago. I started it with a message I received through the Holy Spirit. After reading it, I asked myself, “Who will really believe that I — with a sinful past — got a message from God??” I didn’t share the blog immediately after writing it, because I was worried about people’s perception of me. I prayed and asked God for help. I asked, “Why am I unsure about sharing this blog? Why am I worrying?” He explained things to me that I feel is my responsibility to share.
First, it’s important to understand the definition of worry.
worry: give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
Phillipians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
The New Living Translation version reads: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
The scripture doesn’t entitle us to live a care-free lifestyle. The Holy Spirit told me, “A sinful person has reason to worry.” Then, He led me to the word of God.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
reproach: the expression of disapproval or disappointment.
Our sins cause us to have disapproval from God. That’s reason to be concerned. To be approved by Him, our sins have to be blotted out… cleared… washed away. That’s where Jesus comes in.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
If we address our sins daily — and diligently confess every one with the help of the Holy Spirit, there is no need or reason to worry about anything. The word of God gives instruction not to worry in Phillipians 4:6. Anything that contradicts His word is a sin. I thank the Holy Spirit for helping me understand that allowing worry to live in my heart is a sin. The Holy Spirit described worry to me as a worm. He called it the “worm of worry”. This is what He told me about it:
“The worm of worry is the result of sinfulness. More than anything, protect your heart from it. It will infest your heart with worry. It will infect the other parts of you. It will imprison you. You will become a severe sufferer if you allow it to remain in your heart. Want of heart is want of worry. Worry is worthless to the one who worries. Worry is productive to the one who provides worry. Worry is a worm of worthlessness that buries itself in your purpose. Your purpose will be eaten alive by the worm of worry. The worm of worry is removed by praying. Pray for it to be removed and it will die. Give Me your heart, and I will remove the worm of worry. I am the worm’s remover. I will remove it, and worry will be no more. I promise to remove the worm. I promise to remove the worry. I promise to make you problem-free.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NWT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
I pray that this blesses you.