Do not be anxious about anything. Anything? Well, what do we do when we are anxious about something? Or fearful or worried for full of dread? Today we are looking at 3 anxiety relievers that God gives us when we get the sweats and the heart palpitations. This is part 2 of a two part series.
You can listen to Part 1 about anxiety on episode 31 sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode31
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Three Anxiety Relievers
God provides us with some pretty great anxiety relievers in His Word. When we know what these anxiety relievers are, we are able to put our trust in them and let our feelings follow - even if it takes a little bit of time.
Anxiety Reliever #1: God’s Sovereignty
Sovereignty means supreme ruler, ultimate authority - God is the ultimate authority.
Psalm 115:3 says, “Our God is in the heavens, he does all that he pleases.”
Lamentations 3;37 says, “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord commanded it?”
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it si the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
God’s Sovereignty is an anxiety reliever for two reasons:
- God’s Sovereignty means He is in control
- God’s Sovereignty means He is able to do what He promises. And that’s a big comfort when we consider the mercies and grace we need in light of our sinful condition.
Anxiety Reliever #2: God's Word
God’s Word teaches us how to live the abundant life in Christ and that includes how to not be anxious. Because when we are anxious we are being idolators and that is not the abundant life.
God’s Word is an anxiety reliever because it gives us a firm foundation to stand.
John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
We need to stop asking ourselves WHAT IF and start asking our selves WHAT IS.
Anxiety Reliever #3: Eternal Focus
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
When things are troubling to us in this present moment, when we fret or have dread or fear, it is critical to remember eternity.
- that our troubles are light and momentary compared with eternal glory!
- that inwardly we are being renewed and growing!
- that the temporary things are transient - not forever
- the things that are unseen are eternal - forever
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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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