A Prescription for Anxiety

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I think at some point in our lives we’ve all faced anxiety. Whether you’re a parent, a business exec, pastor, politician or student you’re bound to get to a point where life and its tasks become increasingly overwhelming and when it hits you it’s like a vicious wave slamming into you from every side. So today when I felt the waves of anxiety crashing up against me I found myself saying, “Father help me, surely you have an answer… a prescription for this. Then I saw the words “Be anxious for nothing.” It just flashed into my mind so I picked up my bible and read God’s prescription for Anxiety.

Problem: Anxiety 

Symptoms: (according to WebMd) : Feeling overwhelmed/feelings of fear, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, a feeling of being detached from the world, feeling unable to control the simple things.

God’s Prescription: Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything.

FAQ: How do I stop being anxious? Please see directions for use.

Directions: In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Please note: this prescription can be used not just in some but in every situation. You can present ANY and ALL situations to God: the good, the bad and the ugly stuff. 

Side Effects: The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Before He was arrested, Jesus prayed for this cup to pass from Him but not His will but God’s will be done and in the midst of Christ’s struggle, scripture says, Luke 22:44 New Living Translation (NLT) He prayed more fervently, and He was in such agony of spirit that His sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”

God sent an angel of the Lord to strengthen Jesus in His time of need. Now if God can send help to His Beloved Son whom He willingly gave up for the sole purpose of reconciling us back to Him, to make us His Sons and Daughters then surely God can strengthen us and help us in our time of need.

When you study the roles of a good father and a good king you find something unique that they have in common, their top priority is your welfare and whole-being. God gave up His Son, not so you can remain broken from anxiety, loss and fear, Jesus laid down His life for you so that you could be made whole, in every area of your life. You can enjoy the benefits, the gifts of having Heaven’s best, because that’s what you got when He gave you Christ, you can have it with a simple thing called prayer.

Now prayer is not a formal thing, it’s not a loud and lofty act, its intimate. It’s you and God having a heart to heart conversation, not telling Him what you think He wants to hear but what is truly on your heart, the good… the bad… and the ugly. The word says we have not because we ask not. Got issues, then ask the Great I Am, Your Father to move mighty in that area of your life.  If nothing on Heaven or Earth can separate you from His Love then there’s no situation in Heaven or Earth that you can’t bring to God.  Your loss, your heartbreak even in this He can give you comfort and understanding. Your worries, your struggles, your dreams, He can see you through it, He can show you the way.

Christ came so you can have an abundant life not a defeated one and prayer is you grabbing a hold of it. Question… have you taken your prescription today?

The Doubt Battle

The Doubt Battle

A man brings his son who has been possessed by a spirit to Jesus, the man says,

“If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9: 14-24

Another word for unbelief is doubt and according to the Oxford English Dictionary doubt is defined, “as the uncertainty as to the truth or reality of something, and inclination to disbelieve.”  According to the word of God, “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3). Oftentimes when our minds are plagued with doubts, fears and unbelief we question our faith, when in fact it is because we have faith that we battle with doubts, fear, and unbelief.

The word of God says that, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7). This means that fear, doubt and unbelief are weapons of the enemy; weapons designed to attack and weaken the faith that God has placed inside of us. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans:8:1) If you are dealing with doubt don’t beat yourself up about it, don’t get down on yourself, don’t condemn yourself, God has already set you free. We can overcome our doubts and unbelief with the victorious word of God. God, who is the author and finisher of our faith, says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1John 4:4)

When fear and doubt arise inside of you focus not on what you feel or think but on what God says about you and He says you are more than a conqueror Romans 8:37.