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"Worry is the opposite of faith; therefore, it's sin."

A thought by Craig Groeschel, from his book, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist(p. 149). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Wow, if that is true then it is very serious.  It really is!  
Craig says, “When we live by faith, we believe that God has everything under control. But if we start to worry, how we live says the opposite. If we are worried about losing our jobs, we are essentially saying that our jobs are our providers. But isn’t God our provider? What if God has something else planned for us? And what if, as unpleasant as it may be to think about, the path to that ‘something else’ is through some pain? Will we still trust in God to provide during that time?
“Worry, in essence, is the sin of distrusting the promises and the power of God. It’s choosing to dwell on, to think about, the worst-case scenario. It’s faith in the bad things rather than faith in God. Second Timothy 1: 7 says, …

"If you have any excuses talking you out of changing, capture those wrong thoughts and replace them with truth."

A thought by Craig Groeschel, from his book, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist (p. 136). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Is there something about you that you know you need to change but you are making all of these excuses about why you can’t so you don’t?So, do you need to change?
Craig says, “Paul said, ‘We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10: 5). Grab any thought contrary to God’s, overtake it, and replace it with truth.
He goes on, “When you are tempted to think, Both of my parents are heavy, so I’ll always struggle with my weight, stop. Remind yourself that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Phil. 4: 13). With God’s help, you can lose weight. You think I’m just not good with money. I’ll always be in debt. Capture that and instead…

"When we don't understand something about God, some people are tempted to discredit him completely."

A thought by Craig Groeschel, from his book, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist(p. 105). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Have you ever been tempted to do that?You don’t understand something that has happened and you discredit or blame God for it?It is easy to do.
Craig says, “My friend Andy Stanley said, ‘You don’t have to understand everything to believe in something.’ In John 9, Jesus met a man who was born blind and forced to beg just to get by. Jesus’ disciples wanted to know whose fault it was that the man was blind: Was it his fault? Or his parents?
He goes on, “For some reason, it’s human nature to place blame. For example, if someone gets cancer, some Christian Atheists might wonder, What do you think they did to deserve cancer? If someone’s wife walks out, insensitive churchgoers might think, If he had been a better spiritual leader, his wife wouldn’t have done that. If a teenag…

"But the good news is that God is not fair."

A thought by Craig Groeschel, from his book, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist(p. 101). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
You might say, that doesn’t make sense.That’s not good news.But it is.
Craig says, “If you’re like me when something bad happens, you often feel like your pain is unjustified. It’s just not fair. I’m a good person. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. There is one major problem with my defense: I’m not good.”
He goes on, “But the good news is that God is not fair. Psalm 103: 10 – 12 says, ‘[ God] does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’ If the wages of sin is death and we’re sinners, then we deserve death. We’ve broken the law. We’re guilty. We deserve …