There’s a verse in the Bible that says “do not be anxious about anything.” um, excuse me, have you ever lived in my shoes? Sometimes we think our anxieties about life are just a byproduct of living, sometimes we deal with them or cover them up, but somedays they ultimately defeat us. Today we are looking at what the Bible says about anxiety and uncover the root of why our hearts are really anxious. This is part 1 of a two part series.
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Anxiety - A Faith Misplaced
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Anxiety is often diagnosed as a thinking problem. If we just changed our thought patterns then we could manage our anxieties - as if the problem is rooted in manifesting positivity.
But From a biblical worldview anxiety is a faith issue.
It’s rooted in our belief system. We are anxious when we put our faith in something other than God.
When we put our trust in other things, anxiety will fill our hearts.
We need faith in a right view of God and His promises - not just in what we think about God.
Wendy Alsup in her book “Practical Theology for Women” says, “many of us come to God with unbiblical notions of who He is and what He does. We’ve let our culture and upbringing, rather than the Bible itself, determine the character traits we attribute to God."
Authentic faith comes from an understanding of God’s true nature and promises found in Scripture alone.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Hope in Repentance and Belief
The hope in being honest about a lack of faith is that we can repent of that sin and turn back to God and His Truth.
When we repent for not trusting God, God forgives us and restores us and blesses us.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Part 2 Anxiety Relievers - Episode 32 Coming Soon
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Do you struggle with some sort of anxiety? Are you worried about something? Or overwhelmed by fear?
God did not create us to be anxious, but to flourish!
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