We live in a world that thrives on anxiety. There is always something to worry about at every stage of life; from school to marriage to giving birth…the list is endless. However, according to Dr Walter Calvert, only 8% of our worries are legitimate, the other 92% will never happen or are not even real. You may have legitimate concerns but worrying is the wrong way to address them.
According to Matthew 6:25-33, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t be anxious;
Life is more than meat and raiment.
There are more important things to life than what you eat, drink and your current bank account. Your life does not consist of the abundance of things that you possess. You should always walk confident of who you are and not what you have. There is more to you than all you have. Learn to focus on what matters more.
Worry won’t improve your life.
No matter how legitimate your concerns may seem, worrying cannot change it. However, taking actions to improve can go a long way in changing those bad situations. Don’t let worry hold you back from doing what God has asked you to do and following his will for your life. At times, all you need to do is ask yourself the worst that can happen if you do it? Settling these things in your mind will help you not to be anxious if they do occur.
The gentiles (unbelievers) worry.
There has to be a difference between you and the unbelievers. You have something they don’t have; a heavenly father. You shouldn’t be caught acting like an orphan when you have a father in heaven that cares about you. Instead of worrying, trust him.
Worry is a demonstration of little faith.
Seeing things from God’s perspective makes the seemingly great challenges in your life look very small. There is no other sane way to go through life than to trust God. There will always be uncertainties in life. A better way to deal with these uncertainties is by putting your faith in God.
God is providential.
God can go into the future to influence it to your advantage. Trusting in the providence of God will give you a different perspective about the uncertainties in your life. The birds of the air move around in search of food, and they are never disappointed. This shows God’s providence to the birds. However, he says you are worth more than many sparrows and if the birds can trust him, then we should trust him more. The complexities of your present cannot intimidate his plan for your future.
Three ‘P’s to deal with anxiety
Anxiety is often a reflection of inexperience. When the opportunity to fight Goliath comes, you should be able to boldly say that you have faced the lion and the bear. Start doing small things in the direction of your big dreams now. The more you practice, the more confident you get, and the less anxious you get. Don’t run away from fear, there are several treasures on the other side of fear. Build your faith.
There is nothing that prayer cannot handle. The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6). Prayer gives us strength to overcome.
Praise is a step of faith that declares your trust in God. With praise, your mind moves from its anxious state to a more relaxed one.
You should read this over and over again so you are well prepared the next time your heart starts to worry. In simple steps; take a deep breath and remind yourself of all we have discussed above. Then, go ahead and put these three P’s into action, it will change your life.
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