"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
When I was younger, I saw the movie Final Destination. It changed my life. Before that day, I never had a fear of flying. But, that airplane scene (chills) planted a fear in me that dug deep.
Needless to say, flying is my least favorite mode of transportation. While I have it under control now, I used to feel fear rise as I walked onto a plane. I felt my heart beat faster. I felt feverish. I felt scared.
That fear caused me great anxiety until the plane landed. Don't get me started on intercontinental flights! It was my first experience with anxiety, but definitely not my last.
Anxiety is a giant that I have battled time and time again. It's like I'm in the story of David and Goliath. Only in this version, I used a rock, spear, sword, bullet, combat, and still to no avail. My Goliath just wouldn't fall.
Can you relate?
You try to face something head on, but still end up in despair. In this series, I hope to walk with you into victory over anxiety. Maybe it isn't something that you personally deal with, but it can help you in serving someone well who does. I hope that whether anxiety hits close to home or just in the neighborhood that you will feel edified, empowered, and equipped.
What does it mean to be anxious?
What is anxiousness? It’s worrying about something to the point that it overwhelms you. Severe anxiety can even be paralyzing. You don’t want to do anything or go anywhere. To put it differently, It’s trying to take a breath, but not having any air to breathe. Breathing and suffocating at the same time.
Paul tells us "Be anxious for nothing."
Paul isn't saying that we will never fear. Rather, he knows the very real battles we will face, and leaves us this word of encouragement. "Be anxious for nothing." These words of wisdom tell us exactly what to do with our anxiety...We give it to the Lord…. We find the peace of God.
While we are always in God’s peace, sometimes it is difficult for us to access it. Our moments of anxiousness, tend to be when we seek it the most. But, we must first truly surrender that thing that is causing us anxiety to the Lord.
When we do, we remove the obstacle that is blocking our way to accessing and living fully in the peace that the Lord graciously gives us. A peace that will go beyond what we can see to what he sees, his plan for our lives and the lives of others.
The enemy tries to make us think that we have lost our peace, but the truth is, we always have God's peace. That is why we have the holy spirit. It's God's peace resting on the inside of us.
Fear just causes us limited access to it. So walk in that truth. Though you may feel anxiety, God's peace is resting on the inside of you. Trust God and his peace will guard your heart and mind. "Be anxious for nothing."
What are you anxious for today? I challenge you to not only pray it out loud, but write it down in a prayer to the Lord. When you give it to him, believe that he hears and will not ignore your request. Ask him to prepare your heart for his will. Spend time in worship of who he is and all that he has done for you. Put your hope and thoughts on him. Go in Peace.
Lord, I know you are the most high king, ruler of all the earth. Everything that you plan and will is for our good. I must trust you. Prepare my heart to receive your will. Give me the desires of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen