Happy Friday everyone! I want to end this week with some positive vibes. As we all know anxiety is inevitable in this world of ours. God knew this as a fact, which is why He gave us so many verses about anxiety, worry and fear. Our God is called the “comforter” for many reasons, the main one being that He can be the ultimate comfort to your anxious heart. I have personally experienced the comfort that these verses provide. I, and I bet many of you, could almost say that worrying is a habit. But being able to live by the truths I am about to share with you below, has created peace inside of me that gets me through anxious moments in my life.
Before we get into it, I want to teach/remind you where fear comes from. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (1 Timothy 1:7). God did not design fear for us, fear is the work of Satan. In my opinion it is probably his “best act.” We all experience fear, worry and anxiety in many ways about almost everything under the sun. I know this sounds scary, but it is actually great news! Why? because we know that God has already won the ultimate war against Satan. So fear is not forever, and it can be resisted. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). The devil has no real power compared to our God and Savior. Just as the devil will flee, so will fear. They only have power over us if we let them!
Now you may be asking, “How the heck do we resist fear?” God gives us a very simple answer in Philippians 4:6. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Do not be anxious about anything, instead pray about everything. His answer to resisting fear is to pray. When we hand our fears to God, we are letting go of control. Letting go of control of fear, is the equivalent to letting go of fear’s control over you. When I am feeling overwhelmed and anxious I like to ask myself, “Have I prayed about this situation as much as I have been worrying about it?” The answer is usually a no. As soon as I cast my cares onto him everything seems to fall into place. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
Now let’s talk about some preventive care; or not having anxiety in the first place. This is one of the hardest tasks anyone could ever do. We as humans hate letting go of control of our lives. We are infamous for having fear of the unknown. We like to know what is coming next; we like to have schedules and plans. Unfortunately, that is not how life works most of the time (cue anxiety).
What we must understand is that God is in control of our lives no matter how hectic it may seem. Recently in one of the sermons at church we learned a really great metaphor for God when we are going through fearful times. Think back to when you were little and getting a shot was the scariest thing that could possibly happen to you. You were sitting there, in the doctors office, on a giant piece of crunchy paper. A nurse with cartoon characters on her shirt comes in smiling at you, while holding the biggest needle you’ve ever seen, up to your arm. You just don’t understand why your parents are forcing you through this awful pain. As a child we don’t understand that the shot that we are receiving is for our own good, it is to help us in the future, it is so we can live healthy and happy lives away from certain diseases. Well God is our father, he is much like a father would be in this situation. We are the child, who just doesn’t understand why this pain is supposed to help. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
God knows our paths and He has a plan for us. He knows our past, present and future. We do not have the understanding that He has. So when we go through certain trials in life, we must try to remember that God knows exactly what He is doing. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5). If you start to feel anxious cling to Gods promises. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” (Proverbs 31:25). We were not made to fear, we were made to be strong and courageous, we were made to have complete faith in God’s plan and we were made to welcome the unknown of the future!
P.S. Feel free to save the image attached to this blog, just in case you need some emergency bible verses! 🙂