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A THREE STEP APPROACH TO FEAR, WORRY, OR ANXIETY
Some days, the world we live in seems to be more than we can handle.Troubles, dangers, and problems are ever increasing.
If this sounds familiar, or is hitting a nerve, you aren’t alone, and you aren’t imagining it. 2nd Timothy 3:1 warns us of this.“but understand this: that in the last days, dangerous times of great stress and trouble will come, difficult days that will be hard to bear.”
But this truth must be balanced with knowing our Lord will never leave us, forsake us, or abandon us.
Proverbs 12:25, tells us
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down."The New King James version reads “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression”…
Our loving creator knows that if we remain in a place of fear, worry and anxiety long term, it can eventually lead to discouragement, downheartedness, despair, or even depression.
And that is not God’s plan for us.He came to give us life, and life more abundantly!
Anxiety is a feeling of being uneasy and nervous about something we expect to happen.To worry is to mentally dwell on difficulty or trouble.
2 Timothy 1:7 assures us that
“God has not given us the spirit of fear; but (the spirit of) love, power, and, and of a sound mind."
Are you ready for God’s remedy, his prescription for fear, worry and anxiety?
It is found in Philippians 4: 6-7.Here it is!
“Do not be anxious about anything,But in everything, (every single circumstance and situation)
If we will only slow down and look at this passage of scripture carefully, and break it down,we can begin to be set free, and help those around us to be set free.
STEP ONE:“Do not be anxious about anything!
The first thing we will notice is that there is not one single, solitary instance in our life when the Lord gives His okay to be anxious about something.He doesn’t hand out “anxiety permission slips” for the more difficult, “big” things.
“Which of you by worrying, can add one hour to the length of his life ?” Matthew 6:27 (Amplified bible)
The Lord knows that worry and anxiety are futile, and only accomplish harm.No. Instead He says “Do not be anxious about anything.” Period.
STEP TWO"…But in everything, (every single circumstance and situation)
In absolutely everything we could ever go through, the Lord wants us to bring it to Him in prayer.He WANTS you to come boldly to visit Him in His throne room where we pour out our hearts..
As I write this, my daughter has been re-hospitalized for an infection that developed following brain surgery.
My mother-in-law has been placed into hospice.
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence,so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
In addition to bringing everything to God in prayer, 1 Peter 5:7 also commands us to
“Cast all of our anxiety on Him, because He cares for you”.
The word cast means to throw it away, get rid of it, toss it.
I can't tell you how much I love this verse!
It is a tremendously important verse, because we can tend to pray about something, but also still hang onto it.
Our loving Savior has already carried our distresses, our sorrows.He is our ally, our power, He is the help we need to make it. Run to Him.
Our Lord Jesus is familiar with our human weaknesses.Remember that He also experienced great stress and anxiety in the garden before His crucifixion,
"Then he said to them,My soul (mind, emotions) is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: wait here, and watch with me."
Isaiah 53:4 tells us“Surely He carried our pain, grief, distress, and sorrows and bore our suffering…"
Jesus has already carried all our stress, anxiety, fear upon Himself on the cross.He doesn’t want us carrying harmful fear, worry and anxiety.
Lets consider another powerful truth about “casting” from Psalm 55:22"Cast your burden (anxieties and cares) to the Lord.
So now that you have poured out your heart in prayer and dealt with anything He shows you,such as repenting of anger, fear, or negative actions or words of doubt you may have spoken,
We are commanded to make our petition known!
My dear sister, do you realize that all of heaven is waiting to hear your petition?Petitioning is a serious matter.
And then waiting, without wavering, for God to work on your behalf.
In a courtroom, if someone is petitioning for custody, or to have a legal right to something;the entire legal petition is spelled out in clear, concise terms.
The God of the heavens is inviting us to tell Him what it is we want help with.And there is nothing that says you can only have one petition.
You can have as many different petitions before the throne as you have issues to deal with.
After having spent time in prayer, you may very well find a release of all the emotions and uneasy feelings.
This begins to clear our hearts and minds to begin to calm down,we begin to feel more rational and composed so that we can think more clearly.
James 1:5 promises us:"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, (generously)
And finally, we are told to make the petition with thanksgiving!A petition laid at Jesus throne must be brought to Him with a heart of gratefulness and praise.
Psalm 100:4 commands us to“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and enter into his courts with praise:
We can be thankful because 1 Corinthians 15:57 promises us:"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ!"
We can be thankful because we are sure that Jesus can not only handle the petition you need,He can do EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY more.
We can be thankful because 1 John 5:15 tells us that“If we know that He hears us, then whatever we ask of Him, we know that we have our petition”.
We can be thankful because Psalm 68:19 promises us that“Blessed be the Lord who bears our burdens day by day!”
We can be thankful because Matthew 11:28 assures us“Come to me, all who are weary…and I will give you rest.”
AND FINALLY - STEP THREE (THE BEST STEP OF ALL)
…..And (then as a result),the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)
One we have recognized that there is something that we are worried, fearful or anxious about,
or even when we don't know WHAT, we just FEEL worried or anxious,and have taken the matter into the throne room in prayer until we feel a release,
Glory to God! This is how we get freedom!GOD’S PEACE replaces the ANXIOUS THOUGHTS IN OUR MINDS, and the EMOTIONS IN OUR HEARTS.
"The Lord gives strength to His people. The Lord blesses His people with peace."Psalm 29:11
My dear Sisters, This is HUGE! This is our pathway to VICTORY!
The incredible benefit of peace belongs to the people of God.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits”Psalm 103:2
The promise of Proverbs 4:20-22 is clear, and it's ours:"Attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF AND DON"T GIVE UP.
THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE SOME TIME.THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE SOME RETRAINING OURSELVES.
THE GOD OF ALL PEACE
"I will keep in perfect peace he whose mind is stayed on me, because they trust me"Isaiah 26:3
This is a promise from the Lord. Put your name in that promise.
Remember, there is nothing too hard for the Lord, and you are never alone!
PLEASE...NEVER STOP TAKING ANXIETY OR OTHER MEDICATIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED
UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION AND MEDICAL CLEARANCE TO DO SO
BY A LICENSED, MEDICAL PROVIDER.
STOPPING MEDICATIONS ABRUBTLY CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HARM.
Susan Smith is a mature, Spirit filled Christian, Licensed and Ordained Reverend, Commissioned and Ordained Chaplain,
Board Certified Advanced Professional Christian Life Coach, Certified Christian Mentor,
Spiritual Care Giver, Christian Writer and Certified Motivational Speaker.
She can be counted on to be an authentic, bold, passionate, kind, and unwavering voice sharing God's unstoppable word of hope.