How was your day? I am sure when someone asks you this question you no doubt want to go into a barrage of what your day was actually like, hell on fire. From backed up traffic to the children not listening as you request them to do a task. The little gas tank on your car indicating you need to stop and get gas, but you are already late for a destination. You need food, medication, a bill paid and only have a few dollars which will not get you near all that you need. Never fear, God is with you. Let me say that again, never fear because God is with you.
This morning after reading a daily devotional by Dr. Charles Stanley called, Understanding Anxiety, I felt led to pen this post because millions of us are living in anxiety, we feel lost, helpless, and hopeless. We are angry, we blame, and we out right just cannot stand the day. Many have committed suicide and hurt others all due to anxiety. The following is what really stuck with me from that devotional. I encourage you to visit Dr. Stanley’s website at Intouch.org and read this devotional in its entirety. Here is it:
Regardless of the cause, anxiety will take our eyes off of our omnipotent, loving heavenly Father and focus our attention on our circumstances. No wonder God repeatedly reminds us not to fear—He wants His children to feel secure in His capability and trustworthiness.
Let me back that statement up with a word from Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV which Paul tells us; Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Isn’t God good to have the issue of anxiety included in His word?
I suffer with anxiety and even though I have learned through prayer and the warnings from my doctors, I still get a little anxious about many things in my life. I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist, it is all in my head they say. I even struggle with OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. My sister used to tell me that I was a clean freak. I was and still am to a lesser degree. LOL. When an issue presents itself, I become aggravated, my heart races, I even scratch imaginary itches all because I cannot control the outcome of a situation. Many things I can and actively have changed, many I have no control over what so ever. When we get it in our thick and beautiful heads that we are not in control and that God is the orchestrator of our lives, we will become calm and know, that He is God.
When was the last time you really got down on your knees and petitioned God to do what His word says He will do? Have you fasted and really read Gods word? If not, I so encourage you to step back from it all and really seek God’s face. He is there. He is waiting. His arms are open wide just for you.
I leave you with this and I want you to think about it for a while and the next time you feel yourself getting anxious, go in prayer, take a walk or run. DO something that brings you much joy and activate those endorphins. Anxiety, depression, and fear are not of the Lord. I am NOT saying that there is no medical reason for such issues. Seeing a doctor is a very important thing to do if it is believed to be needed and I absolutely encourage it. These and many more emotional strongholds are of the enemy and his band of snakes. Satan wants to distract you from God’s plan. Satan is the creator of confusion and if he can get you to that confused state of mind, he knows that you will fall away from God. He knows that you will not pray and give praise to our loving Father. Stand firm on the blood of Jesus and rebuke that enemy. Never fear, God is with you.