[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align=”center”]Be anxious for NOTHING!- Philippians 4:6-7[/mk_blockquote] By “nothing”, I mean NO thing. When I look at my life, I have violated this countless times and I have no doubt that I’m not the only one that has struggled with this. I have seen many people, on the extreme end of anxiety, have a hard time with even small hiccups in their life. They flip their lid and stress out about anything and everything.
Regardless of whether you are on the extreme end of this or occasionally wrestle with anxiety, this applies to you. God did not put this in The Bible to frustrate us or set a standard we could not keep. In fact, as you read on in Philippians 4:6-7 you will see that being anxious for nothing does not mean do nothing. Scripture goes on from this point in saying:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]...But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.[/mk_blockquote]
In other words, pray with gratefulness and trust. Lay out what is concerning you before God and expect that He is answering it now. You may not realize the answer until later, but you have God’s word that what you ask for in alignment with His word you will have. Even more amazing is that through prayer you shift your perspective and even in the midst of the most intense situations you can be at peace.
God even promises peace in the next verse when it says:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.[/mk_blockquote]
God is our guardian. He is not only guarding what our emotions have access to and what control they have over us, but also the very thoughts we have. He is partnering with us when we offer up those areas of concern to Him in prayer and passionate trust.
I don’t know about you but that is a bold claim and unless you have taken a step of faith to believe and apply this, it sounds too good to be true.
However, let me ask you this. Have you ever been in a situation that you knew you had zero control over? In that moment, did you ask God to help you? If so, did you not feel more peace? If not in that moment, over the course of that situation and even as it played out, did God give you peace? Somehow, you just knew it would turn out well; not that it would be perfect but that a good outcome was coming. That knowing is the evidence of this power, His peace.
On the other hand, when you focus on the “what if’s” and the anxiety, what do you get more of? You get more anxiety, more fear, more doubt, more hopelessness and on and on. So, there you have it. By simply acknowledging our anxious thoughts and taking power over them by bringing them to God, He then steps in as guardian to the gate of our hearts and minds. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have the King of Kings as the guardian to my heart and mind than the pesky, corrupting presence of anxiety.
You have been given the keys to conquer anxiety. Will you use them?
Please share here your experiences of facing anxiety with God’s help and with the power of prayer.