Bible Study Topic: Anxiety

Last week, we talked about Depression and how hard it can be to get out of those deep waters. We talked about hope, joy, comfort, and prayer. I shared some scripture that I think will aid you in finding some peace knowing that God is there for you in times of woe.

Today, I want to talk about an equally popular and wide distributed epidemic, anxiety. Our world is so fast paced, our jobs require a lot from us, we all struggle with money issues, family, some of us with health issues, and as I stated in the previous post, I could spend hours listing more things that give us anxiety.

Let’s dive right in!

The Wrestle with Anxiety

For some people, they discuss medication as an option to aid in anxiety. For others, they turn to more natural means. They try meditation, tea, spa days, or exercise. Those are a few that I can think of, now. How many of you have turned to prayer?

Prayer is powerful! (How many times have we heard that?) Well, it’s true. Prayer and faith can help you. I’m living proof. I suffered from anxiety over the years. Then, I turned to God. For the longest time, I figured that I was stuck. Unable to get out of my “funk.” When I dedicated my time to prayer, I started to feel it ease.

I’m not 100% and it does still come on but we can say that it is much less.

“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:2). Anxiety will always have power over you if you let it. (Don’t jump down my throat, yet!).

I’m not saying it is completely controllable, for some it is much more complicated than that. But God is all powerful and has the ability to take your anxiety away. “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation” (Psalm 13:5).

Heavy Heart

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad (Proverbs 12:25).

Anxiety has a way of keeping us down. It stops us from moving about normally, engaging in socialization, going to work, or a number of other things that you want to do. A kind heart with God will take it away.

Just remember that if you are having issues, the word can help you. You’ll fine peace and harmony in the word.

Lightness Over Darkness

“For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28) No matter what we face, we are not alone. He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). No matter what is going on, we aren’t alone and if you call out to him, he will be in your heart.

“There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2) God is stronger than the things that plague our minds. I like to remember that when I start feeling that anxiety trying to push through.

Strength

Remember that God made you with the resilience, love, power, and self discipline, “For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us, power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) Turn to the power, love, and self-discipline he instilled in you to try and overcome some of that anxiety. Isaiah says, “Be strong, do not fear; God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you” (35:4).

Have hope and have faith that God will save you from the anxiety you face. It isn’t for us to worry. We worry entirely too much about what is going to happen in our lives. Where the money will come from, how we will eat, how we will dress, how to move through the world. God will provide. In Luke 12:22 Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” God has a plan and we must follow his cues.

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). This is hard for some people to do. We want to think we have control over everything and let our pride get in the way. If you let God lead you, he will show you the way. Don’t let yourself get in the way. It’s going to be okay, have faith. Worrying about what is coming will only make your anxiety worse.

I hope these have helped you a bit to try and look at scripture in how to deal with anxiety. I know this isn’t a sure fine way, but it can help. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).

Remember, we are not of the world. It’s our temporary home. Don’t let your time spent here be overrun with anxiety and fear. I offer you peace, and I hope your anxiety will soon cease.

God bless.

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