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Anti-anxiety

Sticking with the theme of the last post, I now want to turn to 5 practical ways to overcome fear and anxiety drawn from the Word of God and my own experience. I overcame that stronghold in my own life last year. 

Let’s dive in. 

1. Realize fear and anxiety are unbelief 

Oh you of little faith… therefore do not be anxious.

Matthew 6:30-31

Oh you of little faith Jesus said, why were you so afraid?

Matthew 8:26

Behold God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid.

Isaiah 12:2

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.

George Muller

A young child stands on a high surface, “Daddy catch me!” Without a single hesitation, she flings back her arms and lunges forward. If she did not trust her Father, would she have jumped? No. She could either trust him completely, knowing that over and over again, he has never let her fall, or she could be afraid, doubting that he would do the same this time. 

Before I can overcome fear, I must first realize that anxiety makes God out to be a liar. If I know the character of God and believe He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do, I cannot fear. Anxiety and trust cannot coexist. It’s like my marriage– the only reason I would fear where my spouse goes or who he’s with when I’m not around is if I doubt his character. When I trust him, I don’t fear those things. Human beings change. They can merit our trust one day and break it the next. Trusting another person is risky, but our God is entirely different. He cannot change. If we can but trust Him once, we can trust Him forever. 

2. Remember the faithfulness of God 

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Deuteronomy 7:9

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23

This is who God is! If we feast on memories of what God has done in the past and what He promises to still do, we will not worry about the future. As the memory of all the times her Father has caught her makes the child not fear falling. Will he, who has never failed her before, fail her now? 

One great way to remember is to write down each time God answers a prayer, each blessing in your life, the times when He is faithful. When tempted to anxiety about the future or current circumstances, look back and remember. 

3. Take it to the Lord in prayer 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6

Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety – leave it there.

Edward H. Joy 

If only we would be diligent to pray about those things that cause anxiety. Giving them to God before we give in to worrying about them. He promises to carry all our worries and burdens. It is when we try to bear them alone that we become weighed down. 

I have found keeping a guided prayer journal a great way to stay focussed and cast my cares before the Lord consistently. Val Marie Paper Co. is a great resource is.

4. Live one day at a time 

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34

Wherever you are be all there.

Jim Elliot

Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way.

Elisabeth Elliot 

We live in an age (more culture than age, honestly) that likes to make us feel we have to plan our lives out. Before graduating high school, there is pressure to choose a college and career path. “What’s your 5-year plan?” is a common question asked of young people. We want to know who we’re going to marry, where we’ll live, how many kids we’ll have and their names by the age of 18. In ministry, this is a ginormous pressure. For new missionaries, this is often weighty. If your US supporter asks, what’s the next step, the next project or need, and you answer, I don’t know it may seem as if you are out there wasting resources. Because everything must be done with efficiency and speed, or it’s not being done right. 

This is the opposite of our God. He takes His time in drawing hearts and shaping us into His image. He told Mary that sitting at His feet is the better part. He is patient. We are not. I am not saying that you should never know what you’re making for dinner or that having an ideal number of children is wrong. But I have learned in the seasons of life that are unpredictable (like going through a spouse visa process in the middle of a pandemic!!), letting tomorrow worry about tomorrow is necessary for sanity! When I am focused on what is right in front of me, doing the next thing, then I am less tempted to sit fretting about the what-ifs of the future. 

5. Decide even if 

Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.

Daniel 3:17, 18 

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13

Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.

Job 13:15

God when you choose to leave mountains unmovable, give me the strength to able to sing it is well with my soul.

Mercy Me, Even If

You can likely imagine something better for yourself than your current circumstance. You may have a more perfect time frame in mind while waiting. But there is a greater reality than all of this for the Christian. It is this; If you love and follow Jesus, he is always writing a better story for you than you would write for yourself. 

Fullness of life is not found in earthly success or ease, or perfect relationships, or in fulfilling your goals and accomplishments. Fullness of life can be measured only by how closely you walk with Christ. No matter what comes or doesn’t come, He is enough. Everything we experience, whether wanted or unwanted, is sifted through God’s perfect plan. 

The secret to living a fear-free life is complete trust in Christ rather than the world. 

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 

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