Five Biblical Tips on Overcoming Anxiety
Anxiety is an enemy that is no stranger to many of us. Anxiety causes us to worry over tomorrow while robbing us of the joy and peace of today, yet it is helpless regarding the future. While some may have the power to overcome anxious thoughts in an instant, for many of us, it will be a continuous process that will take patience and commitment. While you are on your journey, here are a few things that is important to remember:
Remember That God Loves You!
Pretty simple right? But it’s that fundamental piece of information that changes everything. Remember when we were kids? We never worried if we were going to eat, have clothes to wear, of if we were going to school. In fact, it probably never occurred to us that it took so much budgeting, and planning of resources to pull it off. Now, if our earthly parents love us enough to take care of us, how about our Heavenly Father that gave up an only son for our sake. We need to stop thinking God is out to get us. A father would never set up his child for failure or heartbreak. He loves you and he will never do anything to hurt you. If you have to paste this reminder on your mirror, your desk, or phone screensaver, then go ahead. You need to rest in the truth that the most powerful being to ever exist loves you and his favor rests on you.
He Knows, He Sees, He Hears
YOu may have heard the saying, ‘I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I know who holds tomorrow.’ Adopt this attitude!
Do you know your father knew your tomorrow since your yesterday? (Jeremiah 29:11). “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
He knew about that job, that scholarship, and that relationship before you even conceived the idea to pursue it. Those tears you shed at night and the prayers only your heart can say, he sees them and He has a plan for it.
It Is Actually A Sin to Worry
Yes! Did you know that it is actually against God’s will for you to worry? Jesus says that very clear in Matthew 6:31. The same way Jesus says ‘Do not’ for the so called ‘big sins’ is the same way he admonishes us not to worry. Just like lying, stealing, or cheating can create a rift between us and God, so can anxiety. It clouds our hearts and prevents us from hearing from God. It also opens us up to the devices of the enemy and blinds us from appreciating what God is doing in our lives today. By the virtue of Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection, we have been given victory over sin.. this includes anxiety.
You Do Not Have To Understand
Many of us are very logical people. 1 + 1 has to equal 2. It adds up, it makes sense. But you see, in God’s equation, things do not always add up the way you’d expect. (Isaiah 55:8-9) Lose the thought that everything needs to make sense to you. Many times we worry because we can’t see a way out of the position we are in. Understand that we do not always have to see our way through, we need only to hold on to the one who sees everything.
Cast Those Burdens
This is advised in Matthew 11:28-30. For some of us, this needs to become a daily ritual. Every morning before heading out and every night before bed. We need to cast our anxious thoughts and exchange them for that peace that surpasses all understanding. We need to make a conscious decision to keep our peace regardless of what hand life deals us that day. You might actually wake up one morning and be completely void of anxiety but until then, remember you were never designed to carry all that load so give it to the one who has offered to take all that away from you.
So many of us are locked in the prison of anxiety, worried about what tomorrow holds for us. Today, we release every anxious thought and we receive your peace. We know you have a wonderful plan for us and we believe that you are taking us there. Thank you for always having our backs. It’s in Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world!
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