Jill Jarrell Newsome
Anxiety Steals Our Freedom
I heard a report the other day that 84% of adults are experiencing anxiety in the US today. We can expect anxiety - just like tribulation - we are going to have it strike. Psalm 56: 3, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Notice it says, "when" I am afraid, not, "if" we are afraid. God knew we would be afraid. The good news is that we are told how to handle this fear.
1 Peter 5: 7, "Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” Again it does not say we won't have anxieties, it says when we have them, cast them on God. How can we fight anxiety? By meditating on God’s Word that assures us of His grace and by asking the Holy Spirit to help us. 2 Thessalonians 2:13, "But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth." We can stand firm on God's Word. The more we stand firm on God's Word, the more our faith builds.
Billy Graham said, "Christians are to rejoice. To do that, you need only to think of the great things God has done for you. Then we are told not to be anxious, but in our prayers to make our requests known to God. In your biggest problems you have One to whom you can go; and before Him you can pour out your heart with the assurance that He will not leave you without an answer to that great problem. Then we are to fill our minds with those things that are good." Colossians 3:16, "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
"Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength."