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5 Truths to Remember When Anxiety Hits

All of us deal with anxiety at some point or another, from the minor anxiety of being scared of the dark, to a full-on anxiety attack. When anxiety hits, it can be hard for us to remember what we know about God. We can get so caught up in our immediate situations, it becomes difficult to step back and see the bigger picture.

When it gets hard to breathe, we have a place to turn to. We can set our focus on God, and remember these truths:

 

1. God loves you

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). Can you imagine? The all-powerful, perfect, sinless God, dying on a cross, for our sake? That’s how much He loves us!

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that. Sometimes it’s tempting to ask, “How could God let this happen?” But let’s remember this: He does love us. He loves us so much. And nothing—whether our circumstances or our own personal failures—can separate us from that love (Romans 8:35-39).

 

2. God is with you

It doesn’t always feel like it. Sometimes—especially when we listen to our mind’s anxious lies—we feel very much alone in our circumstances. Those are times when we have to consciously remind ourselves:

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

God will not leave us nor forsake us. He is with us every step of the way. Right now, right here—in this very situation—He’s standing with us. He will help us get through.

 

3. God knows what you’re going through

We might feel like no one knows what we are facing right now—but God does. He knows everything from when we sit and stand (Psalm 139:2), to our innermost thoughts and the thoughts of those around us (Acts 1:24).

More importantly, He knows our weaknesses, our fears, and our uncertainty. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He knows what we’re going through, even when no one else understands.

 

4. God is in control

There is nothing outside of God’s control. Jesus reminds us that not even a sparrow falls outside of God’s care (Matthew 10:29-31).

There are definitely times when we find it hard to understand why God would allow anxiety in our lives—or mental disorders, cancer, death, and other forms of suffering for that matter. While God doesn’t always give us immediate answers, He does promise that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

When we’re caught in the midst of anxiety, it can be  overwhelming. But, we can remind ourselves that even as we face the trial of anxiety, we can consider it “pure joy” because God is working in us to make us “mature and complete” (James 2:4).

 

5. God does not change

God says in Malachi 3:6, “I the Lord do not change.” James writes that God, the Father of heavenly lights, “does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

God doesn’t change. No matter our circumstances, God is solid like a rock. He is dependable when nothing else is. He has promised to love us, be with us, know us, and watch over us. These are promises that will outlast whatever we’re going through. These are promises we can trust with our very lives.

 

God might not take away our anxiety immediately. But He will see us through, and be our great comforter in the midst of it (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Let’s hide His Word in our hearts, and be reminded to turn to Him in prayer and cling to His truths whenever anxiety hits!

 

For more articles on dealing with anxiety, check out the links below:

  1. I Have Anxiety But I’m Not Alone
  2. 3 Ways Scripture Speaks to Anxiety
  3. How to Overcome Anxiety
  4. Coming Clean on My Dirty Little Secret
  5. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

The Longing is Real

Title: The Longing is Real
Artwork by: Ross Boone (@rossboone)
Description: Sometimes, we long for more than our world can give – longings that only God can satisfy. We can only catch glimpses of Him while on earth. But we will experience His love, beauty and greatness in full measure, when we are finally with Him in Heaven.

 

 

The Longing Is Real

Even though God has promised to be with us, we still feel a longing because God’s kingdom is not yet fully revealed.

 

 

I’m Trying To Believe

When the cares of the world seem to drown us, there are times where we are barely holding on to our faith.

 

I am Closer Than You Think

We strive so hard to grow closer to God. Even then, we feel no closer than we already are. But perhaps God has been close to us all the while.

 

There Is A Good Type of Fear…

Sometimes, catching a glimpse of God’s great glory is sufficient for us to break through our earthly fears.  

 

Love and Reverence

Even though we share a personal and intimate relationship with God, we tend to forget how powerful and awesome He truly is–and fail to give Him the reverence He deserves.

ODB: How to Grow Old

February 26, 2016 

READ: Isaiah 46:4-13 

I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 46:4

 

“How are you today, Mama?” I asked casually. My 84-year-old friend, pointing to aches and pains in her joints, whispered, “Old age is tough!” Then she added earnestly, “But God has been good to me.”

“Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham in his book Nearing Home. “I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy.” However, Graham notes, “While the Bible doesn’t gloss over the problems we face as we grow older, neither does it paint old age as a time to be despised or a burden to be endured with gritted teeth.” He then mentions some of the questions he has been forced to deal with as he has aged, such as, “How can we not only learn to cope with the fears and struggles and growing limitations we face but also actually grow stronger inwardly in the midst of these difficulties?”

In Isaiah 46 we have God’s assurance: “Even to your old age and gray hairs . . . I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (v. 4).

We don’t know how many years we will live on this earth or what we might face as we age. But one thing is certain: God will care for us throughout our life.

— Lawrence Darmani

Lord, please teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (See Psalm 90:12)


Don't be afraid to grow old; God goes with you!  

ODB: Go Fever

February 25, 2016 

READ: Numbers 14:39-45 

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.

Psalm 37:7

 

On January 28, 1986, after five weather-related delays, the space shuttle Challenger lumbered heavenward amid a thunderous overture of noise and flame. A mere 73 seconds later, system failure tore the shuttle apart, and all seven crewmembers perished.

The disaster was attributed to an O-ring seal known to have vulnerabilities. Insiders referred to the fatal mistake as “go fever”—the tendency to ignore vital precautions in the rush to a grand goal.

Our ambitious human nature relentlessly tempts us to make ill-advised choices. Yet we are also prone to a fear that can make us overly cautious. The ancient Israelites demonstrated both traits. When the 12 scouts returned from spying out the Promised Land, 10 of the 12 saw only the obstacles (Num. 13:26-33). “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are,” they said (v. 31). After a fearful rebellion against the Lord that led to the death of the 10 spies, the people suddenly developed a case of “go fever.” They said, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised” (14:40). Without God, the ill-timed invasion failed miserably (vv. 41-45).

When we take our eyes off the Lord, we’ll slide into one of two extremes. We’ll impatiently rush ahead without Him, or we’ll cower and complain in fear. Focusing on Him brings courage tempered with His wisdom.

— Tim Gustafson

Before making a quick decision, consider why you want to make it quickly. Consider if it will honor God and what it might cost others. If you are afraid to make a decision, think about why that might be. Most of all, pray!


A moment of patience can prevent a great disaster.