Don’t Be Anxious Or Fearful
Be Anxious? NO!
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I imagine most of us would find it hard to live a completely carefree, anxious or worried about nothing life.
It’s in our human nature to be afraid because we have all fallen from the measure of God’s goodness and glory.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Even that Scripture on the face of it seems to reinforce our mindset that we are guilty, which feeds our fears, as though because we account ourselves guilty we deserve to suffer and to be fearful, despite the fact that Jesus has paid in full the debt for our sins and in Him there is therefore now no condemnation against us.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
So many times we face pressures and stresses trying to hold things together and still notwithstanding our best efforts at worry and anxiety, they don’t get better but only grow worse. Then, only when we reach a point where there is absolutely nothing else we can do but resign ourselves to fall on the mercy and grace of God and yield up our control that God will move into the situation and bring us peace. And more often than not in resolving the problems we were facing He makes things 100 times better than we ever could by our struggling, worry and anxiety over them.
That which Job feared most came upon him. He said so.
“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” Job 3:25
Fear and anxiety can never ever make things better, but they can make them a lot worse, because they can steal our faith and invite doubt to enter into our minds and hearts. When faced with the slightest doubt or overwhelming pressure to abandon our faith and become resigned to failure or succumb to accepting inevitable undesired outcomes we have sure fire weapons available to counter these assaults on our peace and sense of well being—Prayer.
Not just rote statements that sound religious, and not sheepish wishful thinking given voice without knowledge of the promises of God to back them up, but, rather confident declared affirmations of God’s Word concerning any area of our lives spoken with authority into the spirit realm, spoken with authority against the enemy of God to dispel his influence and hold on our health, our finances, our peace, our joy, our expectation of good things coming to us from the Father. This kind of prayer is bold and uncompromising, standing firmly on and having absolute confidence in the WORD of God.
Fear and anxiety are not gifts from God and we don’t have to receive them. We can defeat them and we can embrace the peace of God that passes all understanding.
Too many generations of believers have bought into the false notion that worry are synonyms for caring and love. But they are just the opposite. They are born of hate for us and they only come from one source, the devil who comes only to steal, to kill and to destroy. The more we embrace them the more they rob us of life.
So then, abandon fear, abandon worry, remove anxiety far from you and release all that you have been carrying, by worry and fear, into God’s care and watch Him turn it around while you rest in Him and yield to the power of His might.
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10
The truth is sometimes the hardest reality to share with those we love because we think that we protect them by insulating them from its harsh realities, while we anxiously bear it alone.
But, Jesus told us just the opposite. He said, the truth shall make us free. When we withhold the truth about our struggles from those who love us we rob them of the opportunity to pour encouragement into our lives and to exercise their gifts of compassion, understanding, encouragement and faith to relieve us of the burdens we carry alone. We prevent them from choosing to walk along with us and to agree as two on earth touching anything we would ask of God and receive from Him because we are two in agreement.
“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
We have a promise from God that He will never leave us or forsake us and where His Spirit is there is peace.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33