Help With Managing Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the many speed bumps along life's journey. These "anxiety speed bumps" appear in many ways. They can cause us to lose momentum in what we are doing. Anxiety, although it is annoying, can also help us slow down and gain proper perspective.
Life Can Be Hazardous
Anxiety speed bumps may present themselves as fear of the unknown, worry about what might happen or nervousness about our past. They can affect our future in other ways, too. The danger is that they can give us an unhealthy perspective about reality. They steal our joy. They distract us from what's important. They can even interfere with serving and loving God. Often, anxieties bring doubt and fear which are not gifts from God!
Anxiety arises when life presents situations that cannot be controlled, manipulated or fixed. Anxiety stems from the fact that we are not in control. We panic over that, instead of resting in the ONE who IS in control: God.
Unlike God, we are not omnipresent (Proverbs 15:3). Nor are we omniscient (Isaiah 40:28), which means to know it all. We are not omnipotent (Job 42:2), which means we can do anything we want without restraint. We are not immutable (Malachi 3:6), which means to be unchanging.
Actually, we are completely fallible so we MUST KNOW that we can't do it all. We can't be in charge of it all. Nor can we change it all. Even though we know this, we really don't like it. It might be a trust issue.
Martha Tennison, a popular women's author says,
"We don't trust who we don't know. If you don't trust God, it may be that you don't know Him."
Perhaps, it's an issue of letting your feelings and emotions take control. Remember, only God is unchanging. Emotions and feelings change like the wind. If we act on all our feelings immediately as they happen, without gaining proper perspective, imagine the mess we would create. Perhaps you've experienced it! ...which then, only ADDS to your anxiety!
God is unchanging even in the midst of His great feelings and love for us! God can be counted on to have complete control in a situation. He sent His son, Jesus, to live among us and know what it's like to walk in our shoes. He experienced life's "anxiety speed bumps." No matter what kind of anxiety He faced, He looked up and prayed, "not my will be done but yours."
Jesus was obedient and self sacrificial to God's will. He KNEW peace. Jesus tells us that he leaves His peace with us, and that we should not fear (John 14:27). You CAN be set free from anxiety. Simply follow Jesus' example. Obey God and deny your will for His. Give up your control, so He can take it. And He will! (Philippians 4:6)
Pray with me:
Father God, I'm not saved by my excellence and abilities, but by Yours. I know you sent Your son, Jesus, to earth to live as I do. I know He knows what it means to be uncertain and fearful. I also know that He did Your will even to the point of death on a cross. He endured that cross for my sins. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for taking control of my life. I don't have to worry anymore! I give it ALL to you...my life and my anxieties. Help me to have the right perspective...one that focuses on your TRUTH and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer, is too small to be made into a burden." -Corrie Ten Boom