WORRY, FEAR AND ANXIETY — THE ENEMY THAT WHISPERS.
WORRYING ACCOMPLISHES NOTHING AND DESTROYS EVERYTHING.
We all experience fear to some degree, it’s part of what makes us human. But there is also fear and anxiety which can be completely crippling, leaving you paralysed and unable to live or appreciate live the way you should. It destroys confidence, strips our smiles completely, and robs us of all peace. Peace can become somewhat of a myth at its worse.
HOW CAN I OVERCOME FEAR AND ANXIETY?
It’s easy to say “just get over it”, “think positively”, but is it as simple as that? Many of us waste lots of time worrying about what might happen, what could happen and although in reality of lot of what we feel anxious about doesn’t actually happen; it still doesn’t stop us from living in fear of what might.
Here's what the Bible says about worrying:
"Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" - (Matthew 6:27 NLT)
This is the reality! Worrying doesn’t solve anything, but it does stop us from taking action, from trying - it causes us to give up and live in a defeated state, when in fact we have been given the victory through Christ Jesus.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." - (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
"But make up your mind not to worry ahead of time about how to stand up for yourselves." - (Luke 21:14 NIRV)
The reality is that each day brings enough worry and trouble of it’s own. It is so cliche to say ‘live in the moment’, but this is what these verses are alluding to. God has given us such great promises, both here and after we leave this earth. There are so many things we don’t understand, and with world events, natural disasters, political uncertainties, financial difficulties -- anxiety and fear often creep in and begin to crowd our thoughts.
But we are not to worry about tomorrow, or be anxious about anything as we have a heavenly Father who care for us. Do not worry ahead of time, but be prepared, be solid in the peace of God who will be with you no matter what you go through. This is the promise He has given us, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" - (Romans 8:31 NIV)
Give all your worries and fears to God
The word of God gives us great insight into how to overcome fear and worry. We must learn to rest our souls, our whole being on Gods great promises and let our fear subside through faith in Him.
"Turn your worries over to the Lord. He will keep you going. He will never let godly people be shaken." - (Psalm 55:22 NIRV)
We are to trust in the Lord, and in the fact that He loves us. We can turn to Him no matter how big or small our worries are. He will answer us not because we are perfect, but because He is good and He loves us.
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." - (Psalm 34:4 NIV)
"When I am afraid, I trust in you." - (Psalm 56:3 NET)
Whenever fear comes, or worries overtake us, we should turn to God - we must learn to go to God before we go to anyone else. People are not perfect and they can let us down, but God never fails us, His love never waivers; He is faithful and can be trusted.
Understand that God will provide for YOU!
"I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?" (Matthew 6:25-26 CEV)
God made us! Before He ever created the first man, He made a place for Him to live. God has provided all the food that man would need and He wild no less for you, God does not show favouritism. You can trust and know that God hears all your worries, and see all you go through. He has greta plans for your life - only believe!
Finally Trust God
It was for freedom that Christ died and set us free! That we would have life and have it abundantly.
"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." - (John 14:27 NLT)
Because of this great promise we don't have to worry about anything. If we do have any worries we can boldly approach God’s throne of grace and speak to Him and ask Him for what we need. There is power in talking to God, there is victory in prayer - victory over fear, anxiety & worry are free! Peace has been given as a gift to us.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
Be anxious about nothing & be at peace in Jesus name!
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(Bible verses to overcome fear and anxiety)