Jesus warned us that we’re going to have trouble in this world, but He also explained that He’s overcome the world. (See John 16:33.) So, we know we should cling to our Savior and keep our eyes fixed on Him, especially when trouble shows up.
Yet, our minds latch on to things that, in turn, won’t let us go. It’s like walking through a briar patch and coming out with those pesky thorns stuck in our pants (or skin!).
Letting go of our anxious thoughts can be as tricky as digging each splinter-like prickle from our flesh.
Our minds tend to repeat worries over and over like hitting automatic replay while our spirits long for freedom, knowing Who we need to turn to but not always turning to Him because the very act of turning an anxiety-swamped mind can be exhausting.
It feels like we’re battling something on the inside.
Thankfully, we remember this battle also belongs to the Lord, so we cry out to the Holy Spirit, Who comforts us with His Words:
“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything…”Philippians 4:5b-6a NIV.
Take a moment to reflect on that, precious soul. Almighty God is NEAR. He’s close to YOU right now while you’re reading this, perhaps reading the worrisome look on your face. He knows your heart, the burdens you carry, and how it’s all just “too much.”
Oh, does He have freedom for you! Finish reading that verse and the following one too:
“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.”Philippians 4:6-7 NIV.
Peace for your anxiety-plagued mind. No, it doesn’t make sense, but there it is, reaching beyond your understanding.
It’s the kind of peace that comes in like a mighty wind, knocking every briar and thorn from your pant legs and skin, leaving you smiling in a field of wildflowers as a new and lovely thought begins to repeat itself:
“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything.”
4 thoughts on “Battling Anxiety”
Thanks for posting this piece. I needed to hear it as I battle against the troubles of this world.
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Oh, Alice. I’m sorry you’re battling, but I understand. Most times what I’m writing, I’m dealing with too. So, we can both put that Scripture on repeat in our minds and know the Lord is near…and we don’t have to be anxious. And I’m praying for you!!
It doesn’t matter how dark the world gets around us, Christ the Light of the World is by our side, what a blessing indeed!
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Amen!! He’s always with us, and I’m so thankful. God bless you, Alan, and thanks for reading and commenting!
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