Overcoming Anxiety and Worry
2020…this has been a year of unspeakable anxiety and worry for most of the world’s population. Starting with the raging wildfires of biblical proportions in Australia back in January; to the global pandemic that is Covid-19.
Watching the news in 2020 is akin to watching a scene from a Hollywood movie about chaos breaking out around the world. You would not be faulted for developing severe anxiety and worry. However, these are the times that Jesus warned would come over 2,000 years ago.
However, do not let what was foretold to happen fill you with fear. There is an ancient enemy that walks around, stalking it’s prey like a devious predator, encircling it’s desired victim to strike fear and intimidation straight into their heart.
The key to having this predator, named Satan, back down is to look him straight in the eyes and boldly proclaim the name and promises of Jesus.
Today, I want us to look deeper into 3 bible verses about anxiety and worry that will instill much needed peace and courage into our hearts.
1. Reject The Spirit of Fear & Timidity
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline2 Timothy 1:7 | NLT
This is one of the most powerful bible verses about anxiety and worry because it tells you exactly what defeats it! Power, Love, and Self-discipline. Now, how does one fight anxiety and worry with these three weapons if you barely have the strength and the will to get out of bed in the morning?
Well, that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in. You see, battling anxiety and worry on your own is a losing battle. The devil knows exactly what makes you tick, and he knows exactly how to induce fear into your life.
However, the Holy Spirit knows you better (obviously). The Holy Spirit is the one who will give you the strength that you need to use these weapons of warfare, because my friend, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, you’re part of a very ancient war whether you know it or not.
Let’s look into these 3 weapons a little bit more.
When you read through the bible and you come across stories of people who have done things so mighty and brave; or even endure unspeakable trouble, and you question whether you could have done the same thing in that situation, the secret is this…the Holy Spirit was the one who provided them with that power.
Through your relationship with Christ, you have access to unlimited strength. Now, I’m obviously not speaking of Superman type strength, though there was a man named Samson who was pretty much a superhero, and his strength (literally) came from God Himself.
The strength I’m mainly referring to is what we call, will. It’s the will to persevere against what seems to be impossible odds and coming out the other side victorious.
Enduring very difficult and sometimes extreme circumstances with unbreakable patience is also a sign of power. The bible is full of stories of those who loved God so much that they were willing to suffer horrible things and even die for God because, they were filled with the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome.
God Himself expressed this in a way that no human could ever match, and He did that when He gave up His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to come and die on a cross. He came and died on a cross for a world full of people who mostly rejected Him.
He was mocked and ridiculed, spit on, betrayed and beaten beyond recognition, yet because of the power of love that was bestowed upon Him by the Holy Spirit, He overcame all of those odds and more.
Now, when the Holy Spirit fills individuals with this same love, it changes you. It changes you because, the more you fall in love with Jesus, the more you love people. You’ll love them even when they betray you, mock you, spit on you, speak lies about you, and so on.
Why? Why would you “turn the other cheek” when put in situations like that? Well, it’s because of the love you have for God. You’ll reach a level of love with Him that you’ll do whatever it takes to please Him. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments of all was to love the Lord your God with all of your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.
If you don’t currently love yourself, it’s because you don’t love Jesus. Sounds harsh but it’s the truth. If you love Jesus, you’ll love everything that He has made and you’ll appreciate how He made you. You’ll also see just how much God loves you, and that’s when it’ll hit you.
You’ll realize that you’re not worthless and unloved. You’ll realize that God made you 100% unique and there’s nobody else like you. No matter how you feel about yourself, God doesn’t make mistakes, and finally; God had you in mind before He laid the very foundations of this planet we live on and already had you in mind when He sent His Son to die on the cross for your sins.
In my honest opinion, this weapon of warfare goes hand in hand with studying the bible. I’ll explain what I mean. When you decide to really read and study the word of God, and you make it a daily habit, God will start revealing things to you.
In every single book of the bible there are countless lessons that you can take and apply to your life. These lessons will help reshape your mindset. They’ll help you make better decisions in life. You’ll know how to react in moments that will make you angry, upset, fearful, etc.
This is why I believe the devil tries anything and everything to keep people away from reading it. He knows that if someone takes the bible seriously, then his destructive plans for their life aren’t going to be a walk in the park.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know that many people suffer from inherited mental illnesses that make them feel like it’s almost impossible to put anything positive into practice. That’s where a life of prayer, fasting and bible study come into play.
It is the power of those 3 basic practices that can help even the most challenged individual overcome. God is bigger and more powerful than any condition, I promise you that; and that’s coming from someone who has been battling fear, anxiety, worry and depression for most of his life.
2. Trust In The LORD
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31 | NLT
In my previous post, I listed 3 bible verses about faith, and in that post I spoke a lot about one key aspect about faith and that is, confidence. It is the confidence that you develop over time, in God, after which you become 100% convinced that what you ask of Him will be done, as long as it’s according to His will.
I truly believe that developing confidence in God will allow you to trust Him, which is what this verse is mainly about. If you can get yourself to the level of fully believing in what the bible says, then you’ll eventually develop the faith to believe God when He promises you something that He explicitly lays out in detail in His word.
One of the fruits, or results, of the Holy Spirit is patience. It is patience that will allow you to be faithful enough to believe in His promises. This is especially useful during very difficult times in our lives.
Just as God filled believers all throughout the bible with superhuman levels of patience and endurance during very trying times, so can God do the very same for you because God never changes.
Again, this also ties in heavily with reading and studying the bible, but also developing a solid prayer life. Talking to God on a daily basis will take the knowledge that you develop from your bible studies to a whole new level.
3. Let God Guide You
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5-6 | NLT
Trust seems to be the Word of the Day today. Without it, you can’t expect God to move in your life. Especially during these crazy times that we’re living in, you’ll want to analyze your current trust level with God. A lack of trust during hard times will result in anxiety and worry.
Sometimes when we’re in a spot where we need to make hard decisions, we panic and basically shut out everyone else’s opinion or advice, including God’s.
While it’s true that God has blessed us with the ability to make our own decisions, I think it’s safe to say that we, as a human race, don’t have such a great track-record of doing so. The reason for that is because we usually leave God out of the picture when it comes to making decisions, especially big decisions.
I think that’s due to us just flat out not trusting Him enough. Of course, once again, the 3 basics of bible study, prayer and fasting will really help us in overcoming this mindset.
Making these 3 basic practices a habit will go a very long way in setting us up for future success. I’m not saying that life will be perfect and that we’ll always make the perfect decisions, but at the very least we’ll make better choices due to strengthening that relationship with God.
I hope that these 3 bible verses about anxiety and worry were encouraging for you. Let’s quickly recap what we learned today:
We are to replace the spirit of fear with power, love, and self discipline.
Trusting the LORD and having the confidence to believe in His promises.
Allowing God to guide us not only in small decisions, but also the big ones.
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