Are You a Worrier or a Warrior? Here’s How to Tell…

Are you a worrier or a warrior?
A worrier is one who tries to fight her own battles of fear, insecurity, and doubt.
A warrior lets God fight those battles through her.

Ephesians 6:12 tells us “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies (like the person who is making your life miserable), but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (like the unseen thoughts, fears and frustrations that cloud your judgment, persuade you to worry, and tempt you to stress out).

Here’s how you can tell if you’re a worrier or a warrior:

A worrier says: “I’m so nervous about this situation. I’ve never done anything like this before.
A warrior says: “God has gone before me into this situation so I have nothing to fear.”

A worrier says: “There’s no hope.”
A warrior says:”My hope is in the Lord…”

A worrier says: “What if something bad happens?”
A warrior says: “God causes all things — even the bad things — to work for good to those who love Him” (Romans 8:28).

A worrier says: “I’m not strong enough. Surely I will fail.”
A warrior says: “The Lord is my strength” (Psalm 28:7) and “If God is for me, who can be against me?” (Romans 8:31).

Did you notice the difference? The worrier is looking at the world through her physical eyes. She sees (or doesn’t see) and she fears.

The warrior is looking in the WORD and has God’s  response for every situation she encounters. She sees with her spiritual eyes…from God’s perspective…the perspective of a victor, an over comer, a conqueror (Romans 8:37).

Romans 12:2 tells us “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may]prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

To be conformed to this world is to worry like every other person in the world.

To be transformed by the renewing of your mind is to think differently  — as a warrior princes should think, as a warrior who knows where her strength is, where the power is, and to Whom she belongs.

So which one are you? A worrier or a warrior?

If you’re the former, here’s the best news of all:  A worrier can turn into a warrior at any time. Your transformation is just a prayer away:

“God, grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit inwardly so that I can be a woman of faith, not fear….a warrior,  not a worrier” (Ephesians 3:16-17).

Will you join me in the ranks as a warrior?

For more on being a warrior, not a worrier, see my newest book, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom.

About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.


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Beverly Jackson
Reply April 19, 2016

This is very good, very helpful along with the scriptures and so true. When we sometimes allow Satan to enter in when we have a lot on our plates; we get so frustrated and by trying to do it all by ourselves, we forget to kick Satan with the "word of God." Thanks for reminding us who is still in control and that our God is bigger than our problems--circumstances and situations--Let go and Let God!!! Can I print this, did not see an icon to do so (senior citizen) it could be here and just can't figure it out--Okay!!! I will pray about it(lol)

    Reply April 19, 2016

    Thank you for your response, Beverly. I do not have a print icon on the blog, but if you click on the little envelope icon to the far right at the end of the post you can then email it to yourself and then print the email out. Would that work? :) Thanks for wanting to keep this in front of you and read it again. Blessings on your day.

Dawn Talley
Reply April 20, 2016

I feel as if I am a worrier who has been transforming into a warrior through the years. I keep a journal and when I look back I see how God has been there, answered my prayers, and helped me through life!

    Reply April 20, 2016

    Dawn, I'm so glad you're doing that. That helps me, as well, to remember the times God has come through for me so I don't doubt in the future. It is our way of "building an altar" which God commanded His people to do throughout the Old Testament so they wouldn't forget His provision and His blessings in their lives. We can build our altar by writing down what He's done in the past so we continue to be warriors as we face our future. Thanks so much for sharing this with me and my readers. And yes, I'm sure you ARE transforming into far more of a warrior than a worrier. :)

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