Man, one of the most difficult things that I deal with in my personal life is Anxiety. It robs me of happiness, joy and all the other great aspects of life. It’s probably the single most difficult things I face on a daily basis.
As I have gotten older, I started realizing how bad my anxiety has gotten. Perhaps a better way of saying it is, how bad I have let my anxiety get.
You see, Anxiety is one of the ways that the enemy of our soul uses our own mind against us. We begin to think that people hate us, that they are talking behind our backs, that there is no hope, that we are losers…. The list goes on and on.
But here is what Jesus said;
Matthew 6:25-34New Living Translation (NLT)
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
For as long as I can remember I have let anxiety rule my life. But in our passage above, Jesus clearly tells us to “let it go. Don’t worry.” Then he asks “Can all your worries add a single day to your life??”
So recently, I started taking his words personally. I specifically began to ask him to take the anxiety from me. Not to make it easier, but to TAKE IT FROM ME.
And nothing happened.
For weeks and weeks, nothing.
But I kept praying.
Then, just recently while on a trip, I was writing about the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and how it enabled people to do things they could not do on their own. As I read, I could see how the Holy Spirit could empower the believers to live “outside” of their normal lives, and be not just disciples, but Empowered Disciples.
So I asked the Lord to replace my anxiety with his Spirit. So, instead of allowing the enemy to be victorious in ruining my life, I could bring him glory by overcoming Anxiety. Much to my surprise he answered with the words from our text.
“Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Right there were the things I had been missing.
#1. My lack of faith! I did not believe that God could actually take my anxiety from me.
#2. I was allowing my anxiety to dominate my life. That’s what unbelievers do.
#3. I was not seeking God’s kingdom and living like a chosen child of the on True King!
So that’s what I am focusing on. Faith, what God has done for me and will continue to do. Not allowing the enemy to win my thoughts, even during really stressful times. I remind myself that I was chosen by the One True King and sent to do his will, not mine. I also try to make sure I am seeking the Lord in everything, not just some things.
By putting this scripture into action, my life is totally different. Ask my wife, Anxiety doesn’t plague me anymore. It still lingers there, like an annoying mosquito. But that’s ok. It reminds me that only the Holy Spirit, not the attacks from the enemy has the power to change me.
What do you think?
Till next week,