Posted By Amazing Moments Staff on September 19, 2014
By Amazing Moments Staff
Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Thoughts and Reflections
Our emotions are a gift from God. Like any other gift from Him, we must handle our emotions with care. The truth is they either control us or we control them. Anxiety is a mixture of emotions. Webster’s dictionary defines anxiety as an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs such as sweating, tension, and increased pulse. Webster’s also states that anxiety can be marked by doubt concerning the reality and nature of a threat and self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it. Does anxiety and the uncertainty of a situation or problem steal your peace and divide your mind in worry? If so, you are not alone. We have all experienced anxiety at one point or another. In fact, a recent poll was taken on Facebook and the most often experienced emotion was anxiety.
There are important reasons we should guard against anxiety in our lives. Anxiety, when not dealt with scripturally, reaches an unhealthy level that can paralyze us spiritually and damage us physically. It has a negative effect on our Christian witness and it causes us to make unwise decisions. In fact, anxiety has a negative effect on every part of our life. It affects our personal relationships with others by pulling us away from what God would have us do. God’s peace is what binds us together and God is never the source of our anxiety.
With that in mind we should understand that anxious moments come from unhealthy thoughts, and since everyone has unhealthy thoughts, anxiousness is often unavoidable. Trying to avoid anxiety all together is unrealistic. Instead, we should realize the correct way of dealing with it in Christ. In verse 6 of this week’s passage we are told to pray, be thankful, and share our concerns with Him in the spirit of thanksgiving. This is not a mystical pie in the sky method of making anxiety disappear. It is God’s wisdom telling us how to change our thought life; where the mind goes so will the health of the body. When we take time to pray to an almighty God we focus our thoughts on Him. He alone has the peace that replaces our anxiety.
Dealing with anxiety is a faith battle. It’s fought in our minds and won in our hearts. We must acknowledge that we need God’s help and trust that our Lord will provide for all our needs. Being willing to commit ourselves to trust our LORD and obeying his precepts is the key to victory over anxiety.
The next lesson will be September 26th, 2014
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