Monday, May 14, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 7

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were scared, but you knew God had everything under control?

I mentioned in a previous post (God's Unexpected Answer To My Prayers) about an eerie feeling that I had that day. T and I were out on the motorcycle, and I kept feeling like something bad was going to happen. So, I started praying. I covered us in prayer. We were involved in an accident and I knew that God was with us the whole time.

There are other times as well.. like times when I have had to be hospitalized. I would be scared, yes, which would draw me into prayer and then I would have peace.

3 Tips to Help Overcome Anxiety 

1. Draw close to the Lord.

No matter what happens that causes you anxiety, use it to draw closer to the Lord. You are going to worry anyway, turn those worries into prayers. Cover whatever it is that you are anxious about in prayer.

2. God's power is made perfect in weakness.

When we are weak, He is strong. He is there to help carry our load, if we ask Him. We do not have to endure our anxiety alone.

3. When I am weak, seek His word.

When you feel overcome with anxiety, refocus it by seeking Him in His word. Find several verses that speak to you and write them down on index cards. Carry those cards with you and when you start to feel anxious, read those verses.

I hope that you will start to see that the things you worry over, the things that make you anxious are easier to handle. You can face them because you are connected to the source of strength.

Let's read over 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, pray over it and hold it close.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 ESV
I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Dear Father,  thank You for always being with me. Yes, I confess that I struggle with anxiety. I am like Paul in that I have asked You to remove this thorn from my side on many occasions. However, Father, I do understand that You use my weakness to draw me closer to You. I will gladly endure anxiety because I know that when I am afraid, worried, panicky, I run to You. Father, please help me to always run to You when I feel overwhelmed by my anxieties. I know that You are there. Yes, Father, Your grace is sufficient for me and Your power is made perfect in my weakness. Thank You for all that You have done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 4

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 5

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 6

Your turn:

When you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, how do you cope?
Do you cling all the more on to the Lord for His strength?
Do you have any tips that you can share?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister, 

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