Inside: “Do Not be Anxious,” what does this mean? How do we live in a world full of scary, hard things and not have anxiety? The Bible teaches us how to overcome anxious times, how to trust God during these times and how to cope with anxiety.
Anxiety can disrupt life, and it can happen to any of us. Here’s the ultimate resource to learn “do not be anxious” from the Bible.
The fact of the matter is, this world is scary. Lots of threatening things happen to us daily. Disease, sickness, terrorism, these are only a snippet of the danger we face each day. It’s hard to not be anxious.
Anxiety is growing by leaps and bounds in our society. God, however, does not want us to get caught up in the snares of it.
(Philippians 4:6, NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
What does it mean to be anxious?
A few years ago, anxiety descended on me in a big way. It turned my life upside down. I went through living freely to feeling like a prisoner. I didn’t drive or go anywhere by myself for months.
As a result, when I did have to drive, I white-knuckled the steering wheel. My body felt out-of-control.
When you have anxiety, trust is an action that’s hard to do.
Worry and anxiety are used interchangeably many times, but they are different.
Worry is usually short lasting, and resolution of a problem ends the worry. Example: I am worried about the test I took yesterday and the grade I’m going to get. Once the grade is received, the worry ends.
Anxiety is broader with mental images, verbal thoughts and affects the body. It tends to linger and can affect relationships, health, and jobs. Anxiety can sometimes cause depression.
Getting Rid of Anxiety
When I was anxious, I felt shame because Christians aren’t supposed to worry. We aren’t supposed to be hopeless and feel desperate, and we aren’t supposed to quit.
Panic Keeps You Paused And Passive.
Here’s the thing, God didn’t want me to feel overlooked. He wanted me to be courageous and confident.
He has given us tool in the Bible to use to conquer our stronghold. We need Jesus in this fight.
The Bible and Anxiety
We need to remember God doesn’t allow us to suffer without His help. God gives us His words and wisdom in the Bible to traverse these seasons. He is bringing us closer to the image we had before the Fall into sin.
Parenting and Anxiety
As Christian moms, we have a great resource at our disposal: God’s wisdom in the Bible.
As we pray for guidance, He will lead us to parent our children in the right way. This doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes and screw up, actually, we will, but we have the ability to pray for greater wisdom for next time.
There is no such thing as the perfect parent, only a perfect God.
Christianity and “Do not be Anxious”
If anxiety is one of the most common mental illness affecting our culture right now, don’t you think it spills over into the church?
We have Christian brothers and sisters fighting this battle daily.
Are you living apart from God’s best? Are you being kept from relationships, and sinking under a load of this?
Through anxiety, though, God can still use you and turn this trying time into good!
How to Cope with Anxiety and Depression
It’s important for each of us to have simple tricks we can do to minimize fretfulness so we can live normally. When we fall victim to our anxiety and it starts to steal life from us, we can develop other problems.
Somehow in my Christian walk, I had bought into the thought that once I was following God, my life would be abundant and easy.
However, living in a sinful world means Christians will have to deal with hard times.
Trusting God and “do not be anxious”
What I’ve realized is that each storm prepared me for the next one. Through the experience, I was no longer fearful and apprehensive. It’s not to say, I didn’t have a healthy fear of storms, but I was confident Who holds me. God reassured me it will all turn out.
We might think we need to conquer our nervousness before we take the next step. Many times, God wants us to step out even in the fear. If we wait until the right time, when we feel the most comfortable, we might miss our chance.
Need some more resources for anxiety? Here are some of my favorites.
The Anxious Christian by Rhett Smith
How to Overcome Worry by Dr. Winfred Neely