Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, uneasiness, about an upcoming event, present circumstances, or something with an uncertain outcome or a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, often with compulsive behavior or panic attacks. WOW! That sounds bad—and it is! Opens the door for fear!
People are anxious about uncommon situations they are presently facing or the possibility of certain future circumstances that they are very fearful of such as, flying, being on boats, traveling in foreign lands, having bad health, retiring, and many, many more. If you look up in a dictionary the word, phobias, the excessive and irrational fears of people, you will find hundreds of them that you would probably never imagined. The devil will cause people to even fear their shadows!
We all know that change is one of the only constants in the universe and in our lives. Change is taking place every day in our lives even when we feel like we have control. There is always the potential for accidents, medical expenses, loss of job, death in the family, etc.
The better we can understand the causes of our problems, the better we will be able to solve our problems. So, let’s look at a different or simpler definition or description of how anxiety actually causes all of these feelings which result in us becoming so anxious! ***Anxiety is not caused by a situation or event, it is caused by how each of us evaluate or analyze and start responding to the circumstances. Anxiety results when we evaluate, diagnose, or analyze any present or possible future circumstances and leave God out! So TURN to God immediately when you catch yourself thinking thoughts that start stirring you up in any negative way about anything, such as flying, confrontations, job concerns, weather, family or relationships.
The Apostle Paul was whipped with 39 stripes several times, had to be let out of a high floor through a window in a basket to escape his enemies, was stoned and left out of the a city for dead, but he was up on his way the next morning to preach Christ Jesus to another city. Paul tells how he controls his mind in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” Now, that assumes that a person using this scripture as a guide would have studied enough to have the “knowledge of God” in his mind and heart. We must have God’s Pure Word, Christ, in us to properly evaluate the many different circumstances of life that we become faced with.
Look at what the Apostle Peter says about the importance of us having knowledge of God, His Word, and Jesus in 2 Peter 1:2-4,(KJV) “ Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,(3) According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” We must study His great and precious promises that by these we will know what God will do in protecting and delivering us in troublesome times. We gain the victory through accepting and obeying God’s Promises, 1 John 5:4 “…and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Philippians 4:6 (KJV), “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Immediately, when you catch yourself being concerned, anxious in any situation in your daily life, take it to the Lord in prayer—just talk to Him about it. Don’t wait until you have tried and tried to complete it, decide what to do, even tried several ways or several doctors —-take it to the Lord first! What do you have to lose talking with Him first?? Nothing! But you have a lot to lose if you try to handle everything yourself or just go by the doctor’ or your friend’s advice! Situations concerning you that you have not prayed, talked to the Lord about, are probably controlled by the devil, unless God in His mercy steps in. Don’t wait for that, invite God into your circumstances as soon as you recognize them.
I found out when my doctor called that I had cancer in 1987. When I got off the phone, I went into my den and got on my knees at my couch and prayed. Within about five minutes I had God’s word to me that He had a lot more work for me to do like I am doing today. All of my anxiety, doubt, concern about cancer and death was COMPLETELY gone during that five minutes. I am not making that up, because God knows what I am saying now. He removed it all from me! Through some circumstances of needing to remove all the cancer from my arm, I was sent to a “very” good doctor downtown. He of all things decided to take a vacation a couple days before he was supposed to operate on my arm. I had already received God’s answer to not be concerned about the outcome, so I called the cancer center of a local hospital and ask if one of their doctors would be available in the next few days to complete the operation. I hooked up with one and as soon as I stepped into his office, he said, “Young man, lets pray!” I knew I was where God wanted me. He cut all around where the cancer was and I have not had a treatment of any kind since. Now, I told a friend about the doctor saying lets pray first, and my friend said, “Oh my God! Was it that bad?” I couldn’t help from laughing, but said, “No. You don’t just wait until there is nothing else to do, we need to pray first.”
Why I am telling you this is, when you get the first word or thoughts of any action, circumstance that might cause you concern—right then take it to the Lord in pray. Talk to God about it as I did and the people in the stories below did! Read the stories below of how people responded to God in time of trouble.
2 Kings:20:1-11, King Hezekiah-immediately when told he was going to die turned over in his bed and prayed, talked with God.
2 Chronicles 20:1-26, King Jehoshaphat- when told he was surrounded by three armies, immediately set himself to seek the Lord by praying and fasting.
Esther 4:15-17, Queen Esther – when told that the King had been tricked into signing a decree to kill all the Jews turned to the Lord in praying and fasting. She confessed, “…if I perish, I perish.” And then went illegally before the King to let him know what happened.
Proverbs 3:25-26, “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. (26) for the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” You have got to know His Great Precious Promises that Jesus died to share with us. There are coming situations in your life when the outcome will be totally between you and God! Get prepared now, don’t get caught putting it off.