On the weekend, I preached a sermon about anxiety so here are a few thoughts that may help you if you feel anxious from time to time.
We should never underestimate the power of our thought life. What we choose to think upon can dramatically impact our life and others around us – for good or bad.
What do you spend your time thinking upon?
We are in a battleground, and how we choose to spend our thinking time has the power to change our life. If we meditate on negative thoughts about ourselves or others; perhaps having sinful thoughts such as anger, lust, jealousy, in addition to worrying about loved ones, our job, money or anything that steals our thoughts away from our faith and trust in Christ, it's time to ask the Lord for help, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.
Here are a few Scriptures that provide the solution for such thinking…..
Philippians 4:8 ‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things’.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-6
‘For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete’.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
1 Corinthians 10:13
‘No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it’.
Spending time in prayer and reading the Bible will always help with anxiety because faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God, and prayer helps us to cast our cares upon Him. Remember that you cannot take all your own burdens on your shoulders alone, nor the burdens of others. We must realise that we are not utlimately responsible for the lives of other adults or their choices, we are only responsible for ensuring that we conduct ourselves in a godly manner with our words and actions – we cannot control, manipulate, dominate or force anyone to follow our will or God’s will. When we make a mistake in our life, God will forgive the one who seeks repentance and we must forgive others as He has forgiven us.
There are times that we can feel anxious because we are sinning and the Holy Spirit has spoken to us about that sin that we are choosing to persist in. If you are caught up in habitual sin, you must repent and trust in the grace of God to free you from repeating the behaviour.
Seek His Kingdom and His righteousness first and God will take care of your needs.
— By Judah Ayling