Anxiety takes the joy out of our lives, replacing it with dread and fear and insecurity. Jesus says to us,
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ . . . for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. . . So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31, 34
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
To replace anxiety, we are to trust God with all our cares, in prayer, and leave them there. Look at the fruit of this act of trust:
“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, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
This may fall under the potato- patahtoe category semantically…but I see worry and anxiety as very different animals. Tho the words in English are used interchangeably, I think they are different problems. Worry in my understanding and in your scripture references is more or less- me trying to do God’s job. Anxiety is a demonic spirit- and that must be dealt with very differently.
I do not dispute the real physiological responses that give Anxiety its medical label however, it has to be dealt with the same way Jesus took care of business. First you cast out the demonic problem, then comes the healing thru the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.
Such a good reminder !🙏😌 Beautiful photos so well chosen ❤️
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