Monday, April 16, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt. 3

Is worry weighing heavy on your heart? Do you have a knot of anxiety in your stomach?







June 4, 2011 was the day that Phillip loaded up his car and drove two states away. We were trying to encourage him to think about getting his own place or, in my opinion, the better option, to pay us a little each month towards groceries. I was really wanting him to decide to pay us money to help with groceries.



Very Humbling Experience 





God had other plans. He used that time to draw me closer to Himself by humbling me. You see, I was under the impression that because I was the mama, I had control. Ha! That was a hard learning experience for me.




I spent a lot of time crying and a lot of time worrying over my child. He was going so far away. What if he needed me? Would he be able to find a job? Would he have a place to live? Would he eat? Worry should have been my middle name.




It took me a while, but with time and a lot of prayer, I finally got to the point that I could untighten the knot in my stomach. I learned that while, yes, I am the mama of this child, God is in control of him and his life. I had to let go and trust Him to take care of everything.










That was very humbling for me. God blessed me with that child for those short years, now it is in His hands. But, of course, He had always been in control. He just opened my eyes and helped me to see it better.




According to dictionary.com, humble means not proud or arrogant; modest. Having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience. Low in rank, importance, status, quality; lowly. Courteously respectful. Low in height, level; small in size. To lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase. To destroy the independence, power, or will of. To make meek.




Let's read over 1 Peter 5:5-11 GNT, pray over it and hold it close.










In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.  Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. To him be the power forever! Amen.




Did you catch all of that? Let's look at it in another way.



4 Steps To  Untighten The Knot Of Anxiety 



1. Humble yourself under God's hand. 



Why? So He can lift you up again in His own time.



2. Leave your worries; your anxieties with God. 



Why? Because He cares about you.



3. Stand firm in your faith.  



Why? Because you know that there are other believers around the world that are going through the same kinds of sufferings.



4. Stay strong while you are suffering. 



Why? Because you know that after you have suffered a little while, God will personally perfect you, give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation.









Prayer 




Dear Father, I pray that You will help me to humble myself under Your mighty hand and wait for You to lift me up again in Your own time. Father, please help me to leave all of my worries with You because I know that You care about me. Help me to ever be on alert and on watch because the evil one is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Help me to stand firm in my faith and resist him because I know that there are others around the world that are going through the same kinds of sufferings. Help me to remember that after I have suffered for a little while, You, the God of all grace, who calls me to share in union with Christ, will personally restore me, make me strong and give me a sure foundation. To You be the glory and power forever. In Jesus' name, Amen.












Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 2


Facing Anxiety With Scripture












Is worry weighing heavy on your heart today?
I challenge you to spend time this next week memorizing 1 Peter 5:5-11.
Write the verses down on an index card and keep it with you.
If you keep a journal, I encourage you to write these verses in there as well. Hold them close. Write down any insight that the Lord reveals to you.




How I can pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.





















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