Anxiety

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Anxiety: Disturbance of mind regarding some uncertain event; misgiving; worry. A tense emotional state characterized by fear and apprehension without apparent cause.

Devotion for Anxiety

   Anxiety, worry and fear . . . they all seem interchangeable. However, if we read the definition of anxiety again, it seems that anxiety is fear, but without any real basis. I know that I have had very real anxiety attacks when speaking to large groups of people. I do fine while speaking to friends and small groups of two or three, but do not ask me to go larger, the anticipation is just too great!

   If you have any type of anxiety, you know that it can manifest itself in many different ways: sweaty palms, your heart racing, flushed skin and difficulty breathing. I know, because I’ve experienced all of them! I am not sure what causes anxiety, but I have never had anyone say something bad or nasty to me after speaking in front of them. So, as the definition says, I have fear with no apparent cause. So, is it just in my head?

   According to God’s word, he has not given me a spirit of fear . . . so what can I do? I know that I’m not alone, others fear public speaking, flying, being confined in small areas, not having enough money, growing old and the list goes on. I believe that it’s okay to be apprehensive about something, but I think anxiety comes when we concentrate too much on what can go wrong and we imagine the worst. Let’s face it, how many of us have actually changed the outcome of anything by worrying about it? I don’t know about you, but after the event or circumstance I worried about is over, it was never as bad as I had imagined!

   God’s word has hundreds of promises for his children. He knows that some of us will face anxieties and his word show us how to deal with them. It gives me great comfort to know that I am not alone and that I never have to face a problem or anxiety alone.

   I haven’t completely overcome the apprehension and anxiety that I face about speaking in front of others. However, reading, memorizing and speaking God’s word has helped immensely. Instead of concentrating on the anxiety, which just makes it worse, I concentrate on this verse: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). I remember that God’s word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). I also know that there is no substitute for prayer. Prayer is powerful and places us in a position to receive God’s help, just when we need it most.

   So, if you find yourself feeling anxious about something, how will you respond? Respectfully, my prayer is that you will decide to trust God and his word. Search his word (the Bible), learn to depend on it and allow him to calm your fears and anxieties. Pray for deliverance from fear, worry and anxiety, and soon they will be replaced with a newfound strength and courage that can only come from God.

   Do something today, something that you have always been afraid to do and seek God for his strength. Each time you do it, it will get a little easier. I have always found God and his word to be faithful, and I know that you will too.

Relating Scriptures:

I Peter 5:7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he (Jesus) cares for you.

Philippians 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to god. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:25  Therefore, I say unto you, [Be not anxious] for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than [food] and the body than raiment.

Matthew 6:27  Which of you by [being anxious] can add one cubit unto his stature?

Luke 12:26  “Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

Matthew 6:34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Psalms 55:22  Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Joshua 1:9  No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua 1:9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.

II Timothy 1:7  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Psalms 23:1-6  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me; You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Hebrews 4:16  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Proverbs 3:24-26  ….when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.

Philippians 4:6-7  Be [anxious[ for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

II Corinthians 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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