God's cure for anxiety
Worry steals our peace.
It also causes us to lose connection with the Lord as we turn inward thinking over and over about what is bothering us and not going to God for His comfort or going to Him but not hearing His voice over the noise in our mind.
The Lord has an answer for anxiety in the Scripture below from Philippians 4:4-9, we will look at it and how the Lord gives us an alternative to worry.
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 comprehension,
Be anxious for nothing." When we read this phrase in the Greek we see that it is a command not a suggestion. The Lord who is with us commands us not to worry, not to be anxious about anything in our lives. Nothing means not one thing is to make you anxious.
God is telling us that there is something else we can do besides worry. Instead of having anxiety we are to talk with Him about our concerns.
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Knowing who your God is and that he can handle anything that is in your life right now is the beginning of peace and rest. There is a verse in Phillippians that says and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus...and the God of peace will be with you.
And we are to do this "with thanksgiving. " We are thankful that He hears our prayers, is involved in our lives, loves us greatly.
Okay, we are commanded not to worry or have anxiety BUT go to the Lord in prayer, making our requests and being thankful. Now, look at the next section of this Scripture:
The peace of God comes after we go to Him. We remember that He is Lord Almighty. We acknowledge that He is Sovereign, good, righteous, powerful, loving, kind, and wise beyond measure.
We could spend a whole day talking about how great He is and how wonderful.
Knowing that He is near to us, is listening to our requests, that He loves us deeply and unconditionally and that He is all-powerful AND all-wise to know what to do about our worries bring us the peace of God Himself because we no longer have to be in control.
Does God ever have anxiety?
If you know all things - what is, what was and what is to come,
If you were fully capable of intervening and directing history to fulfill your desired outcome,
If you had an eternal plan not only for the world but for everyone that loves you and
If you knew that there is no one that is your equal to stop what you have decided to do,
Would there be any reason to worry?
Would not peace be your continual state of being?
To be at complete and constant peace is something that we as humans do not have, but here, in this passage, God is saying that He will give His peace to us when we come to Him, asking for what we need, thankful for who He is and trusting in what He can do.
That peace of God protects our hearts and our thoughts because of and in Christ Jesus. The Spirit of Christ lives within us who believe and Scripture tells us that we have the mind of Christ. When we are present with Christ, with God, our hearts calm and our minds no longer worry.
- Talk with Him,
- Let Him know what is on your mind,
- Be thankful for who He is.
- Rest in Him for He has all control and wisdom
- Allow His peace to come into your heart and guard your thoughts.
Okay, now what?
Trade your anxious thoughts for new ones.
Now that you have found peace about your circumstances what are you to do with the anxiety filled thoughts that will come and try to take that peace away? In this next piece of Philippians, the Lord provides the answer.
This part of the passage is often overlooked but is the key to keeping your peace.
whatever is honorable,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good report,
if there is any excellence
and if anything worthy of praise,
let your mind dwell on these things.
After talking with the Lord and receiving His peace, from now on control your mind.
Instead of anxiety filled thoughts discipline your mind to think of what is true, what has dignity, things that are right according to the Lord, things that are pleasing, what is of good standing.
Think on what is excellent and worthy of praise. Consider these things in your mind rather than allowing anxiety in your mind.
We cannot think two things simultaneously. When we think of what is true about God we are not thinking about the scary things that could happen.
This is a hard circumstance (truth) but God is all powerful and good (truth)
Do you see how "think on these things" can be added to any problem in your life?
and seen in me,
practice these things;
and the God of peace shall be with you.
What have you learned and seen and received since you became a Christ follower? Start practicing them!
In a nutshell
- Go to God, ask for what you need and receive peace
- Think truth - control your thoughts
- Do the next right thing
In the first part of our passage we were told that the "peace of God" would be with us. Now, the passage ends with "the God of peace" being with us.
He gives us Himself
He gives us Himself
as we go to Him, think truth and do what we know to do. That is God's cure for anxiety.
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