My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
Let Us Put Our Trust In HIM!!
Life is filled with uncertainty, isn't it? We don't know what's going to happen in the future or if we'll be prepared for it. If we let ourselves, there are countless things we have to worry about--jobs, finances, children, marriage, health, relationships, etc. Then add to that all the “what-ifs” of life. We don't even need a current stressful situation in order to worry. We can borrow from the future and carry anxiety for what may or may never happen.
Are we burdened with anxiety? I don't mean the occasional situation that is a legitimate cause for immediate stress, like Jesus' experience in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44). What I'm talking about is a lifestyle of anxiety. It may have started with some justifiable reasons, but now our feeling stressed has become a constant companion, hovering over us like a cloud.
This kind of worry is a thief that steals peace and contentment. If we don't learn how to handle it, satan can gain a foothold and inject even more anxious thoughts into our minds until we are caught in an endless cycle of worry. Left unchecked, the stress may even begin to affect our health.
This is not what God desires for His children, and He has made every provision for us to live in contentment and peace. Paul said in Philippians 4:11 that he learned to be content in whatever circumstance he was facing, and the power to do so came through Christ, who strengthened him (v.13). If our confidence is found in Christ we will not be swayed by our circumstance. True contentment is based on a Person, and not on what's going on around us.
Many Christians believe that prayer is the solution because Paul tells us not to be anxious but to pray about everything (Phil. 4:6). But I think that sometimes, in our prayers, we simply want God to cut off the bitter fruit of anxiety (feeling) without digging up the root of the problem. However, if we know the source of our worry, we'll discover the key to overcoming it.
There are three roots of anxiety that feed into our worry. The first root is FEAR, and the key to overcoming it is FAITH IN GOD'S WORD. Fear is often the first reaction to a stressful situation. It might be dread of what could happen in the future or uncertainty about our ability to handle the current situation. Whatever the cause of our fear, the problem is our focus. That's why it's so important to let God's Word frame every situation.
Our circumstances may seem hopeless, but according to Romans 15:4, whatever has been recorded in Scripture has been written that we might have hope. On one occasion, when the disciples were faced with something seemingly impossible, Jesus said, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19 :26). The Word of God is filled with examples, promises,commandments, and principles that reveal our Lord is bigger than any problem we may encounter.
I will just mention two more roots for lack of space... Doubt and Control.
The evil one will try to bring doubts, and we want to take control of the problem??? (Selah – ponder and think about that.)
Peace and contentment can become a reality in our life. It has nothing to do with circumstances and everything to do with God. In the midst of storms, His peace is like a shelter around us guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7). Nothing comes our way without His permission, and if He's allowed something, difficult or painful, you can be sure that He will use it to strengthen our faith and build our character. He desires to give us peace in every circumstance.
I write about anxiety because of the many cases that come to me day after day. May this help at least one person, God Bless and may your trust in Christ grow each day.