Anxiety and worry
What is anxiety? or worry?
It is an intense, excessive and persistent concern and fear of everyday situations. high heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and tiredness may occur. Anxiety can be normal and is an indicator of underlying disease only when feelings become excessive and interfere with daily life.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ANXIETY?
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
The roots of anxiety are:
- Materialism (Matthew 6:19,21) Materialism is a trap for our soul. When we get attached to the things we see, feel, and give us a feeling of pleasure and joy, we automatically despise the spiritual values that we truly need.
- Manipulation - Do not therefore be anxious saying: What will we eat or what will we drink, or what will we dress? - those who do not know God, seek only material things. But the Lord says: But seek first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and ALL these things will be added to you (Mt 6:33).
- Indecision: No one can serve two masters; because he will either hate the one and love the other, or he will devote himself to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
WHAT TO DO TO OVERCOME ANXIETY AND WORRY?
We need to LEARN to TRUST in the Word of God and not be afraid to make radical decisions to please God.
The Lord does not want you anxious
Cast all anxieties upon Him right now through prayer and CHOOSE TO TRUST GOD!
Anxiety verses in the Bible
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.