Are you an “Indian Giver?”

You pray for God’s help, give Him your problems, but you take them back and worry about them again. This habit indicates a lack of faith in God’s promise and ability to take care of you.

As we continue our life’s journey, trials are always on the horizon that cause us to hesitate or stumble. So many things face us that it is easy to get distracted and pulled off course.

Things happen and as a Believer we are to bring our difficulties and problems large or small to God in prayer, believe we will receive a resolution, and wait for His response. The problem occurs when we give God our difficulties and then take them back as though God is incapable of responding or unable to deal with our request. In other words, we are the “Indian Givers”. We give God the problem and then take it back, try to come up with an answer, and worry about it in the interim.

 

Is it that we do not feel God is able or that He is too busy to address our problems. I know I have done this many times. In fact, I was a worrier stuck in the habit of worrying over the difficulties I encountered. “Casting my care upon Him…”[God] (1 Peter 5:7, KJV) and taking them back and worrying over them without realizing that this was addictive behavior that was detrimental to my health.

As I mature in my walk with God, it is easier for me to understand how destructive being an “Indian Giver” is to me spiritually, mentally, and physically. How can I acknowledge a faith in God if I do not believe He is more than capable of resolving any problem that I may have? After I have done what I can do, I leave my cares in His hands. The important and the hardest part is leaving the problem there and going on with my life and above all stop worrying? Worrying was really having a detrimental effect on my life. I read Matthew 6:25-34 frequently.  In fact, I wrote these verses from Matthew on a 3×5 card and read them every day.

It has taken a long time to break this bad habit and place my faith in God to the point that I am not an “Indian Giver.” It is really hard on occasion and I lapse, but quickly I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that the problem is no longer mine. I have given it away to Him who can do something about solving it—God.

Helpful Scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible for the worrier:

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalm 37:5 (KJV)

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 34:15 (KJV)

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Matthew 6:25-26 (KJV)

 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Matthew 6:34 (KJV)

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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