SEVEN // Part 5 of 7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
/// Philippians 4:6-9 (NKJV)
Since Resurrection Sunday, we have been walking out our freedom in Christ. Each week, we have looked at a different step to liberty. Each one is important and cannot be skipped, minimized, or discarded. Today, we will look at another step in the process: Overcoming Anxiety. Anxiety is different from fear. Fear has a specific object it is afraid of.
Anxiety is uncertainty about a specific outcome.
It is normal to be concerned about things that we value. If we weren’t concerned, then we wouldn’t care. But persistent or prolonged anxiety is not healthy. Many people struggle with large numbers of worries. Anxiety saps energy and is a root cause of several medical issues. Today, let’s look at how to overcome anxiety, starting with a prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to You as Your child, purchased by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. I declare my dependence upon You, and I acknowledge my need of You. I know that apart from Christ I can do nothing. You know the thoughts and intentions of my heart, and You know the situation I am in from the beginning to the end. I feel as though I am double-minded, and I need your peace to guard my heart and my mind. I humble myself before You and choose to trust You to exalt me at the proper time in any way You choose. I place my trust in You to supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory and to guide me into all truth. I ask for Your divine guidance so that I may fulfill my calling to live a life of faith in the power of Your Holy Spirit. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”
In Jesus’ Name Amen
Here are some steps to take when you begin to feel anxious:
When anxious, you need to focus. There’s no better way to focus on then in prayer. Just trying to ignore anxiety is not enough or just telling yourself not to anxious usually doesn’t work. You must take the time to get with Jesus Who has the answer to the problem.
2. What is the problem?
Asking God what is wrong always helps me to begin the freedom process. Sometimes, we aren’t consciously aware of why we are anxious and need the Lord to reveal the source to us. Ask God to reveal what area of your life is resisting the lordship of Jesus and His truth.
3. What assumptions are you making?
We get anxious because we don’t know what is going to happen. Since we don’t know, we make assumptions. A peculiar trait of the mind is its tendency to assume the worst. Many people EXPECT the worst! If you expect the worst or accept the assumption of the worst as truth, you will have anxiety. If the outcomes in our assumptions and expectations are negative, what does that say about Who we believe God is? Do you believe God is good?
4. Are you assuming control over that over which you have no control?
Many try to control things that they have zero control over: other people’s actions or thoughts – their likes or dislikes. Some even try to take control over things that only God controls – the weather, the future, the world, healings, salvations, etc. You are responsible only for that which you have the right or ability to control. You are not responsible for that which you don’t. Do you trust God with other people? Do you trust God with your life? Do you trust God?
5. Carry only what is yours to carry.
Fulfill your calling and obligations according to the Word. Period! After that, your only remaining responsibility is to continue to pray and focus on the truth. Any residual anxiety is probably due to your assuming responsibilities that God never intended you to have.
Don’t mistake worry for caring or concern. If you trust in God, you can be concerned about something and care about something without worry!
- Philippians 4:6-9 (NKJV)
- James 1:5
- Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
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