Monday, October 29, 2012
Fractured families. Crippling financial debt. Political strife. Rampant violence and immorality. Scuffling economies. Countries in turmoil. Unstable job security and an unemployment epidemic. Widespread hunger. Catastrophic weather events. Poor health. Uncertain futures. Religious persecution. In almost any direction you look today, there is some issue that could cause you to worry.
We live under a constant tidal wave of bad news—that shouldn’t be a surprise in such a sinful world. But in light of that bad news, it’s easy to sometimes forget or ignore Paul’s command to “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6).
The potential for anxiety multiplies exponentially if you’ve got children or grandchildren. What kind of world will we leave behind for them? What kind of religious persecution will they live under? What opportunities will they have, and how will they pay for the mistakes of previous generations?
It’s enough to keep you awake at night.
However, that’s not what the Lord wants. Believers’ lives are not meant to be filled with sleepless nights, panic attacks, and crippling anxiety. We know God is in sovereign control of even the smallest details, and we should rest in His constant care for His people.
We know that, but how often do we live it out? Over the coming weeks, we’re going to look at practical ways to conquer anxiety and trust in God through even the most dire circumstances.
For now, we want to hear from you. What causes you anxiety? What causes you to lose sight—even temporarily—of God’s sovereign control and care? And what do you do about it?
#1 Posted by
Alex Calderon | Monday, October 29, 2012at
I'm looking forward to this series!
What most tempts me to lose sight of God's sovereignty is when a lot of those issued mentioned in the first paragraph are happening at the same time. It's the storms that last a long time and encompass many difficult, varied situations that are the toughest. But it's also those storms that, by God's grace, He enables my faith to grow and mature the most. The tougher the storm, the more I grow. Trials truly are blessings. To defeat my sinful anxiety, I must go back to God's Word. My favorite verse on this is Philippians 4:6-7. It's also a great encouragement to talk to my godly wife, my pastor and other mature Christians in my church, listen to sermons by other doctrinally-sound pastors, or read blogs such as this one.
Praise God for trials...and His resulting work in my and all my Christian brother's and sisters' lives!
#2 Posted by
Jamie Webster | Monday, October 29, 2012at
Life anxiety. It is a daily struggle.
#4 Posted by
Cary Loughman | Monday, October 29, 2012at
I was just texting to my wife that I am worried today, about losing power (live on the edge of Frankenstorm, 50-60 MPH winds expected in my area), and we have a car acting up. I have children and grandchildren, just told her I need to quit worrying and trust in the Lord. Matthew 6:33, right?
#5 Posted by
Phyllis Smith | Monday, October 29, 2012at
I will say the future for our children as I see our country, the USA, fall into more and more debt and degradation. The persecution of believers around the world as I see the speed of Satan's work increasing is breathtaking.
Yet, as you stated, even recently I've seen the Lord's sovereign control of the smallest details and his timing. My problem is focusing on that as the whirlwind of corruption and circumstances seem to buffet us. It seems I need a series that I can go to daily based just on the Lord's control and care. Maybe I'm just weak now. I'm looking forward to your series
#6 Posted by
Sebastian #299 Galante | Monday, October 29, 2012at
What causes me the greatest anxiety is concern over my physical appearance. I am a young man who has struggled with anorexia during most of my teen, and I thank God for giving me the grace to overcome that. However, insecurity over my body has continued to be a burden that I still carry, even though I know that God considers a "gentle and quiet spirit" of so much more importance than how we look on the outside. The society we live in places so much pressure on both men and women to look a certain way, which is the cause of intense anxiety for many. But like Samuel learned when going to annoint God's replacement for King Saul, "the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
While I do tremble at the trials awaiting me, this season of my life has given me the opportunity to trust God to such an extent that I know that He is working it for my good! If anyone hurts in a similar way that I do, take courage and know that God loves you. Your life may be incredible difficult, but know and believe that God is using the hard times to beautify your spirit and shape you in the image of His Son for His glory.
Thank you GTY for your faithful service to God.
#7 Posted by
Jordan Bushey | Monday, October 29, 2012at
Pretty much anything that doesn't go the way we want it to can cause anxiety, no matter how small it is. MacCarthur's Book, Anxious for Nothing was very helpful.
#8 Posted by
James Moore | Monday, October 29, 2012at
Skipped heart beats or anything related to something physically abnormal occurring in my body. This leads to anxiety, panic attacks, and more skipped heartbeats. Vicious circle!
#9 Posted by
Marsha Patterson | Monday, October 29, 2012at
I am having a difficult time at work and I feel as if I am being targeted
for dismissal. My anxiety level is high because I need to work. In my
60's it would not be easy to get aanother job. My head tells me and I know in my heart that God in in control but the anxiety seems to still
creep in and sometimes immbolizes me. I want t have that peace that
passes all understanding. I just keep in my mind Jeremiah 29:11 and try to rest in His promises but it is so difficult at times.
#10 Posted by
Russell Aubrey | Monday, October 29, 2012at
I find it near-impossible not to worry about this or that, even though I'm well aware of God's provision in my life. And then there are times that I'm thankful just to have a full stomach, a roof over my head, and a clean bed. Beyond whatever my personal needs might be, I worry about the future of America, the well-being of my children, and the endless strife in the world, as you mentioned. Sometimes I wonder why God will not answer my most desired prayers, especially if I think if he did I could do more for him. So many questions that I have no answers for. I stay in the word as much as I can, and look for a better life on the other side. So, I haven't said anything profound, or anything others aren't dealing with, but in the end, I figure I'll do the best I can, and let God work out the details. What else is there to do?
#11 Posted by
Jonathan Albert | Monday, October 29, 2012at
If I may say in the words of J Vernon McGee, it doesn't take anything but a little clouds to start forming and I get anxious.
He was speaking metaphorically, of course, and I actually like the sight of clouds, but I have to honestly say that I lose my peace over the most trivial things. Then again, this is always temporary, and there is hardly a day when I don't go to God at the end of it and rest in His hope. That's my only security. Like, Habakkuk, I can say that even if the fig tree withers, even if the fields no longer produce crops, even if the whole world is turned upside down, I can hope in God my Savior.
That's not to say that I won't lose my mind in the process of watching the whole world fall to pieces; oh, I most certainly would become distressed, but at the end of the day, or whenever I catch myself, I have to hope in God, who alone is wise and true, whereas all men are liars.
#12 Posted by
Robert Tempas | Monday, October 29, 2012at
My anxiety/worry problem does not seem to be covered in John's book- my anxiety takes the form of anxiety attacks. For the past three years (after three flooded basements in as many months), I have had anxiety attacks before every rainstorm (it rains a couple times a week in Illinois). Why is it that God will not remove what I regard as a childish, unreasonable SIN that regularly paralyzes my life; something I seem to have no control over? I can thank God that the attacks are currently less intense (no more heart-stopping, less trembling of the hands, etc). Still, I have swaths of wasted life every week, and little real joy in my life, despite dozens of hours of prayer...
#13 Posted by
Mark Tanner | Monday, October 29, 2012at
FOR: Sebastian #299 Galante - Post#6
I will admit I cannot put myself in your shoes, but I can tell you that when you meet and marry that Christian woman that God has for you; all those worries and the anxiety of looks et al will melt away like a wax figurine before a blast furnance. Then you ask yourself; what was I so concerned about...God was in control all of that time-Praise you LORD!
I would love to share my worry stories, but there would be too many and i am finally just letting go and resting in Christ. Charles Spurgeon has a book titled "Finding peace in Life's Storms" - "Christ in you, the hope of Glory - Colossians 1:27
The ISBN is the following: 0-88368-479-9 and I believe Igot my copy at Amazon.
Remember that worry is a form of doubt when we feel we are no longer in control or something is truly beyond our control but One is faithful and the one who trusts in Him as matter of habit knows that He is both reliable and sovereign and therefore let us rest and grow in trust and in faith because He is the Anchor of our souls and the Anchor which does not bend in the greatest of life's storms.
God bless everyone and Pastor MacArthur - perhaps a redue of 1617 "Is the Doom of the World Near?" and bring us up to speed and change the title to "Signs of our Hope are nearer than when we first believed" - Selected Scriptures...LOL
God bless everyone and the Lord will nor can He let us down-never! Amen
#14 Posted by
Brad Kennedy | Monday, October 29, 2012at
#15 Posted by
Rediet Shiferaw | Monday, October 29, 2012at
For me, I cause Anxiety. As soon as I look at myself I become very anxious. Lately for me I've become very anxious about fellowship.
I overcome it by The Word and prayer. I meditate on God's promise and character. Then I go to God in prayer to Change my heart to trust Him.
#16 Posted by
Patrick Driscoll | Monday, October 29, 2012at
All fears, worries, anxieties etc. melt away when I'm reminded of our Lord's return. The sooner the better.
#17 Posted by
Chris Hohnholz | Monday, October 29, 2012at
Just discovering my wife has a rare & aggressive form of cancer. We are trusting in the sovereignty of the Lord at this point.
#18 Posted by
Dale Morton | Monday, October 29, 2012at
#8 Hi James Moore,
Sorry to get off the subject of anxiety, but have
you ever tried Cayenne pepper with warm water?
Works great! It helps with circulation,high blood
pressure, etc...Very effective!
#19 Posted by
Daniel Wilson | Monday, October 29, 2012at
What's frustrating is when I don't worry then I worry...
Worry was a biggest obstacle in my life before I recieved Christ in my life.. I used to have fear that corners me that I could'nt move ahead in life..
Trusting Jesus is only way to break the barriers... Amen..
#20 Posted by
Daniel Wilson | Monday, October 29, 2012at
Worry is a sin.. Did'nt know that growing up as a kid.. Amen..
#21 Posted by
August Waymeyer | Monday, October 29, 2012at
My finance left me 8 weeks ago and since then I have come to know Christ... I still cry every day and don't feel the happiness that other Christians around me have. I am so depressed and confused and anxious. Does anyone have any scripture that can help me during this tortured time?
#22 Posted by
Barry Foster | Monday, October 29, 2012at
i've read your little booklet on anxiety John because i've been battling it for the last 11 month and then a few other times in the last 3 years and i have to say that my problem i've noticed is the inability to control negative thoughts that seem to try to get me to worry about my health. As another commenter said, heart palps or any pain that the enemy or my own mind tries to tell me is something serious and i need to be concerned about it. It's horrible and to not be taking any meds for it is so hard. I know trust and my faith in the Lord is the key and replacing the negative thoughts with positive thoughts(phil 4:8). For some reason it's not been easy to do to effect change in my physical symptoms. i have been studying His word daily and praying it daily and asking the Lord to open the eyes of my understanding that i might see that He's already won my victory i just have to walk in that. Appreciate your prayers and your ministry.
#23 Posted by
Barry Foster | Monday, October 29, 2012at
i can very much appreciate where you are coming from i have been battling the same thing. it's horrible and i've been battling for 11 months now. have you gotten victory over it yet? i'm praying for victory every day
#24 Posted by
Barry Foster | Monday, October 29, 2012at
first time commenting. my last comment was to James Moore's comment
#25 Posted by
Rick White | Monday, October 29, 2012at
I will be praying for you and your wife. Know that by trusting in God you will be encouraging the brethren around you and will be baffling unbelievers. Even to the point of them asking where you get your hope 1 Peter 3:15. God may be opening up opportunities for you to share the gospel with others. Just keep trusting in our awesome God.
#26 Posted by
Mrs. Beverly Ann Jones | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
I truly believe Christians are under attack....Satan does not want us to be happy.....we need to trust God in all our circumstances...look at Job...he lost everything.....its not about stuff its about knowing Him....."Cast all your care on Him for He careth for you" 1 Peter 5:7 "Before I was afflicted I went astray" Psalm 119....He is forming us to His Image....Christ came as a Sacrifice and we are not asked any less....we are to live for Him not self....The lost world is watching and waiting for the Truth....we are to live that truth...Thank you GTY for ministering to our family for so many years and giving us the clear word of God....with boldness and passion for the God who made us to be like Him and live with Him forever. Anxiety is a Sin and its not trusting God....and we will continue to have it until we let Him direct our lives....he is doing something in it.....and it will be where it hurts....to wake us up....Praying for all My brothers and sisters in Christ....live for Him and others ...."Love the lord your God with all your heart mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself... Gods Blessings to you ...Number 6:24 ....
#27 Posted by
Jodi Denning | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
As my understanding of God's Word has increased, I have learned to trust Him more and more, but one thing that can still lead me into worry is the thought of losing my husband, and facing life without him.
#28 Posted by
Mark Tanner | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
TO: Posted by Chris Hohnholz | Monday, October 29, 2012at 7:23 PM
QUOTE: Just discovering my wife has a rare & aggressive form of cancer. We are trusting in the sovereignty of the Lord at this point.
FOR: Mr. & Mrs. Hohnholz:
Father, I and others, pray for Chris and His wife as they go through the ultimate test of faith and I know that you will and always have taken care of your own. Make that reality strong in their hearts and minds and increase, not only theirs, but all of our faith, hope and trust in You and hold-fast to Your promises in Christ Jesus...So Be It
#30 Posted by
Mark Tanner | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
TO: Posted by Robert Tempas (see post #12)| Monday, October 29, 2012at 10:18 AM
My anxiety/worry problem does not seem to be covered in John's book- my anxiety takes the form of anxiety attacks. ET-AL.
Hi Mr. Tempas (may I call you brother Robert?),
My neighbor across the street had the exact same problem and even the same number of basement floods and they profess to be Christians. They found a solution that used a series of pipe systems connected into the sump-pump and then off to the main sewer and they resolved the problem and the anxieties that came with it. Of course it was not free and your financial situation may not be like theirs - I believed it cost them around $3,500.00 to have this completed and now they live in peace and no anxiety.
Perhaps you cannot afford to do such a thing, but I would be willing to say that at your church or a neighbor in your neighborhood has the ability and the knowledge to fix what causes the problem. God gives people in our lives for these things, but we, as fallen humans, have a difficult time asking for help, but you must take a step of faith and just ask for help if you cannot afford to hire someone. I will be praying for you as I send this post. Remember that God hears your prayers and in his perfect timing and His way He will answer your prayer, but sometimes it is answered by how we respond as i have mentioned above.
God bless you and may God greatly increase your faith, trust and love for Him and may He do the same for all of us for we can never be satisfied with the amount of love, faith and hope in Him that we currently have or as we would like... for we are still in fallen human flesh and He knows that. The spirit in our inner being is willing, but our flesh is so weak and He knows these things and He loves us unconditionally anyway---praise Him!
#31 Posted by
Cary Loughman | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
As a new Christian, perhaps the entire gospel of John would be comforting to you. It is a great start to experiencing Jesus Christ through the Scriptures. One of my first memories as a Christian, which happened in my adulthood, was where Nathaniel was amazed that the Lord knew him by name as he sat under the tree, and Jesus responded that he would see much greater things than these in the kingdom of God.
Also, consider Romans 8.
Less than a year after coming to faith, my wife left me, we divorced. Christ is still by my side, I've remarried and we've had six children together.
#32 Posted by
Cary Loughman | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
This morning, the Lord clearly let me know he cares for me and that I can cast my worries on Him. I read about faith that related to my anxious day I experienced yesterday in My Utmost for His Highest.
"Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now. He will save you, He will save you now."
#33 Posted by
Mark Tanner | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
TO: Posted by Barry Foster (see Post #22) | Monday, October 29, 2012at 8:23 PM
In your post, it is difficult for me to tell if you are battling some sort of chronic physical pain, which often leads to mental anxieties and/or depression, but it sounds as though you are.
If this is the case that you are suffering chronic pain, there is no reason not to see a neurologist that specializes in pain management - that is what I have for the past 7 or more years. It has been so bad that it cost me my job. friends, and forced my wife to "switch" roles - we have children of age 7 & 12. This has not been an easy transition nor an easy test of faith either, but by God's grace we have overcome a lot and now it is a day-by-day battle, but the war has already been won and that is where the focus must be - on our great Hope, which is Christ.
There is nothing wrong with pain medication; it is a gift of God and I can't imagine what I would do without the Epidural Steroid Injections, Botox injections, and the strong pain relievers.
I do stay away from antidepressants because they cause depression for me and studies that are easily found on sites like WEBMD will show they are as effective as placebo, but those decisions are between you and your doctor, but do your homework and keep your spouse (if married) in the loop and do not be afraid to seek help.
None of it takes away all the pain and their are days when the pain just cannot be controlled, but i just have learned that i can make it through this day by His grace and tender mercies and if the Lord should give me a tomorrow, then I am one day closer to being with Him and often the next day is better from the physical/mental pain perspective.
The key is to stay in the Word, prayer and not to be afraid to ask for help. God uses people all the time to help comfort us and if you think about it; God saves by the hearing of the Gospel and no one receives the Holy Spirit apart the the hearing and believing the Gospel.
On days when I cannot or do not feel like reading I have purchased the NKJV "the Word of Promise" (Audio Bible), which is the entire Bible on either CD or MP3 and I just pop it into my boombox or computer and have His word read to me. This can be found at your local Christian bookstore or at places like Amazon and it is not a monotone nor boring /hard to listen to reading. In fact it uses dramatizations with different voices and really makes the Word of God come alive in a way that regular reading does not. Sometimes I take my NKJV of the MacArthur Bible and just follow along and pause at places where I want read John's notes for greater understanding.
I know this was lengthy, but I hope and pray that you are blessed by this and I pray for you and everyone else here as we are all going to look back and it will be like a vapor after seconds with our great High Priest, Jesus Christ! Come Lord Jesus come!
#34 Posted by
Jamie Mcmullan | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
When I have struggled with anxiety in the past, it has been centered around my children... having fear something will happen to them. I realized that I was not trusting God when I did that so I confessed it as sin, not trusting God and for loving my kids more than loving God, my children were an idol in that way. It is God that numbers our days and he will not take us from this earth one day later or one day sooner than he has ordained. I find a lot of comfort in: To live is Christ and to die is gain.
My husband use to struggle with anxiety attacks to the point of using medication and even having to go to the ER which didn't really help the underlying issue and in fact caused more issues. When he stopped taking medication for it and confessed it as sin instead of a disease that the psychiatrist's say it is, it went away and he didn't have it anymore. He hasn't had an anxiety attack in 3 years and we have gone through some of the most difficult circumstances of our life in that 3 year period. Both of us had a parent pass away (my mother, and his father), shortly after his father passed away, he was laid off from a job and we moved across country for him to take a new job. Through all of that, God taught us to rely on Him alone and He has been faithful. We submit our lives to His will and plan.
#35 Posted by
Donna Fitzpatrick | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
I , too, was (before conversion) and still am, but as I replace my thoughts with His thoughts I find peace. ie, "Be not conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" this is a daily spiritual exercise.
I will be better at it some days than others, but when I stay intentional, God's peace that passes all understanding fills my mind and heart.
Today, I am not being that intentional, but I am encouraged by all the blogs and GTY helps with Dr. MacArthur. I will stay focused and "know that my redeemer lives"
#36 Posted by
Chuck Tuthill | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
i have found worry to be very effective. with very rare exception the things i worry about don't happen. ;)
#39 Posted by
Andre Pansegrouw | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
I have read pastor John's book "Anxiety Attacked" ten fold over. This has been a great help in enjoying Gods peace, and getting rid of my crippling worries. It does however remain a constant effort to have your mind continually renewed with this lovely message. Do it in continuous prayer.
#40 Posted by
Patty Kinsky | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
I am going through probably the most anxiety provoking time of my life thus far. My mom died, a dear friend and sister in the Lord. I lost my job. Have discovered that I am in nursing burnout after 22 years of working in a hospital. I'm living off of some retirement money right now and unemployment (a first). I am so overwhelmed at the prospect of going back into the nursing field I can't even say. Can't seem to find a job that is a right fit. The family I have left are all unbelievers and so I feel very alone without support. Although I am in a very good church, others do not understand the pain and anxiety I am under and so cannot give good godly advice always, like just listening or just encouraging me rather than telling me all that I should do. They just think if I get a job that will end the problem. Yet I know that the LORD has said to me at the beginning of this all "Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Ps 46:10 and "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling." Ps 46:1-3.
It feels as if all is giving way in my life right now. Nothing that is seen is secure. Yet the Lord brings peace to my heart as I sit in His presence. All I know to do is run to Him in my fear! He is all I have. I believe He has led me to this place so that I would not look at any other then He.
#41 Posted by
William Stinson | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
May God give you grace and peace.
The Faith of the Thessalonian Believers
2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 3 As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 We know, dear brothers and sisters,[b] that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. 5 For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance[c] that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. 6 So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. 7 As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.[d]
8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, 9 for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment
#42 Posted by
Daniel Wilson | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
From this aftermath of 'Sandy' Hurricane... Trust Jesus and remember God is in control.. Amen.. God bless...
#43 Posted by
Sandy Judy | Tuesday, October 30, 2012at
I have struggled with anxiety for many years. Sometimes I am more obedient than other times and pray, meditate and quote scriptures more often. Though it seems the more I pray to have God remove the anxiety from me the more trials I get that make me anxious. Some of the things that make me anxious are my two young disabled children (severe autism and mental retardation) and their future care, my disabled husbands constant debilitating afflictions, my disabilities and daily just wondering how we are going to make through each day with so many needs. God does want us to depend on Him. Many times He removes the people I try to depend on and proves He is faithful and some how gets us through another day. Though I do need to be wise and not take on more than we handle.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
Col. 3:2 Set your affection (mind NKJ) on things above, not on things on the earth.
#44 Posted by
Raymond Claus | Wednesday, October 31, 2012at
Based on the number of comments, it is evident that this is a topic that is on many people's minds. It is really great to see believers encouraging one another, even those they don't know.
In June, my company had some massive layoffs. I was not one of them, but I did have to lay off a direct report. The rumors following these layoffs were that the layoffs were not complete, and though nothing has happened since (yet), the murmur of potential further layoffs still bubbles beneath the surface. I was so anxious about this, that I had to go to my doctor to have him prescribe me some anti-anxiety meds so that I could sleep at night. I took them for about a week, and after getting back to normal, discontinued them, and I have been fine since. Thank you, Lord.
I guess the main issue is, as my pastor says, that I trust in my bank account balance more than I do in God. "If only I had X dollars, I'd be OK, I wouldn't have anything to worry about ..." But God is sovereign even over our financial situation. It is easy enough to say, but hard to believe at times.
I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine about Trusting God. My friend said that we basically have no choice -- we HAVE to trust God, because God is the one who is in control of all things. We like to think that we are in control, but we are not. I have been thinking about this, and I believe my trust in God has been increasing.
I have also been reading JM Boice's commentary on Romans, and I recently read a section where he was discussing Philippians 4:19 -- "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." The story Boice related was about a Christian who had lost everything, who was literally starving, and who recited this verse and wondered how this related to his situation, in light of Matthew 7:25-34, where Jesus tells His followers that our Father will provide us what we need -- food, clothing, etc. What this Christian came to realize is that sometimes God has us starve for a while, because that is what we need in order to grow closer to him.
I think the main thing that causes most of us to be anxious is that we are uncertain how things will turn out in the future. I postulate that if we did KNOW how things were going to turn out -- whether good or bad -- that we would have little to no anxiety. Yet we DO know how things will work out -- Romans 8:28 tells us that God works out all things for the good of those who love him. It is just that we often don't see how our situation can be for our good or the good of those around us. This is when we need to trust in God and in his love for us. Proverbs 3:5-6
I know this is much easier said than done, and I struggle with this myself, but I pray that we may all come to trust in God and in his love for us, whatever our circumstances may be.
#45 Posted by
Chuck Tuthill | Wednesday, October 31, 2012at
Stand firm. You can do this (not of yourself) and Christ will be glorified as you do.
Peter as he concludes his letter says. "I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it." 1 Peter 5:12
We rest, work and wait with you for Jesus.
#53 Posted by
Leontine Rakotomalala | Wednesday, October 31, 2012at
Praise the Lord for His sovereignty! Yes, We do believe and know that God is in sovereign control of even the smallest details, and we should rest in His constant care for His people.
…God knows and sees everything in our life, in our hearts (struggles, pain, trials, worries, weakness, anxiety…) but “we know 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) and we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7) We need to pray and ask God to help us through the Holy Spirit to help us (1 Cor. 2:10-12). Our struggles, pain, trials, worries, weakness, and anxiety are because of our sinful nature but we have been a new life in Christ, our Lord Jesus Christ is powerful, Holy, loving, merciful, so I would like to encourage and pray for us as we are brothers and sisters in Christ, be thankful to God in all circumstances, and for His presence (Eph. 5:20; 1 Thes. 5:18). Stand in His strength alone, on His Truth. Also we know our God, and as the apostles Paul and Peter said, by His divine power, He has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ (2 Pet. 1:3-4; Eph. 1:3) and “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later” (Romans 8:18).
All things we see are just temporary! We are waiting for our King Jesus Christ, He is faithful, and He is coming soon! I am so excited to see Him face to face!! So let us fix our eyes and our hearts on everything above which is our really home in heaven!
Thank you GTY Staff for your faithful service to God, may God bless you. As followers of Jesus Christ we must hold firmly to the word of life (Phil 2:16) and I pray that each of us might know the height and depth and length and breadth of the love of Christ for us.
For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Rom 11:36)
All, Thanks again for sharing and encouraging, to the Lord Jesus Christ be the glory.
#54 Posted by
David Ballard | Wednesday, October 31, 2012at
I've struggled with anxiety and anger since I was sexually abused as a child. The anxiety has taken on a more extreme form as I've gotten older, often turning into terror in response to being in the presence of people with "strong" personalities. Alcohol served as a crutch in my teen years and giving it up at 20 made my underlying fears more challenging to cope with, but after accepting Jesus as my Saviour at 19, the fear gradually lessened. Once I turned 40 last year, I have distanced myself from being around family members who were party to the abuse or denied it happened and relied on God as my true Father. Since then, my level of trust and knowledge of God's all sufficiency has dramatically increased. My wife's and my financial circumstances have forced me to walk or bike to work which has also turned out to be a blessing: now my stress eases out of me as I listen to praise and worship music while exercising. During my biking and walking trips around town, not only does the anxiety lift but I have also become increasingly aware of the sheer power and glory of our Great God. As a child, I channeled my frustrations through sports so exercise definitely plays a part, but just seeing the glory of God while listening to the "Passion" CD, put out by Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfield, and others, has been such a tremendous blessing; I am at a loss for words to tell you (and I'm a writer!). I have also been re-reading the Gospel of John and meditating on Jesus and His miracles. Seeing God as bigger than my fears through visual and verbal means has been the answer in addition to the work of the Holy Spirit. Quoting Scripture, even the marvelous passage in Philippians, hasn't been enough for me personally to break the bondage of fear, but seeing God's majesty, daily, has. Another breakthrough for me at work was following Christ's example of washing the disciples feet before He dying on the cross for us. I've realized that if Christ can do what was once considered slave-work, then I can wash some dishes at work or volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do. I realize now after some hard life lessons on the work front that nothing is beneath me in terms of work or service. In fact, now that I am in better physical condition, I realize that I am equipped to do things that others can't or struggle to complete; so in a way, I consider it my job to take on the hard tasks. Instead of asking "why me?" I think, "why not me?"and "I need to do this because our Lord and Saviour took on flesh to do it." Interestingly enough, taking on the role of servant has made others more open to my inroads with the Gospel as well. Others are much more apt to respond to acts of kindness than knowledge oration (I Corinthians 13). The process of sanctification continues (I'm still a long ways off), but God has shown me a lot this last year, and I look forward to what the future holds for all believers as we serve Him to His Glory.
#55 Posted by
Hanna Morton | Wednesday, October 31, 2012at
As a 16 year old, I struggle with this
2012 Election...And sometimes I get overwhelmed
about how people are soo blind...The more I read
God's Word, I realize that spiriual blindness is
worse than mere blindness...I should be more concerned
about preaching the Gospel...Not worried over
the Election...Which is very close!:) My prayer for this country
is GOD'S WILL BE DONE!!!! PRAISE GOD for eternal life!
#56 Posted by
Eliane Kuykendall | Thursday, November 01, 2012at
Hi, First I want to thank you so much for being solid ground in a world full of shifting sand. Your ministry has been a source of real strength for me and I look to your site daily for nourishment in the Word. Thank you for being faithful to God's Word and for not being one of those churches that believe the culture needs to be brought in, in order for GOD to be relevant to us. My greatest source of anxiety to date is the fact that my older children are not walking with the Lord and as I see the Day of the Lord approaching I get concerned that they will not be among the church that is raptured. They were raised in church, went to sunday school, youth group, awana, etc...the typical churched kids I suppose, but the world has deceived them and they are having too much fun. Another thing is that my son has decided that he gay...enough said! I do trust the Lord and my hope is in Him for all of these issues (and there are more). I believe His Word to be absolute truth and that He is faithful to keep His promises, but there always seems to be a "but what if" that goes along with that (which just confirms that I am doubting Him) which causes me more anxiety... :) What if my children are not sealed with the Holy Spirit, what if their confessions as small children do not account for anything, what if the rapture occurs and they are not among those taken, what if they choose the world and not the Lord...These are the things that fill me with anxiety. We lost our house to a foreclosure when my husband was out of work for 9 months, we had our car repossessed, and some health concerns but during that time God took care of us and blessed us with a peaceful time of trial, He gave my family an incredible amount of faith to trust Him during those times and He answered our prayers when it was His time to do so, He taught us a lot during that time. I never had a problem with anxiety during that time, but to not know the end result of my children's lack of faith and commitment to the Lord is what gives me the greatest anxiety. Thank you for listening and for the opportunity to share. God bless you and keep you!
#57 Posted by
Ahnah Hager | Friday, November 02, 2012at
I am a sinner just like everyone else. I am wretched and undeserving, but God is gracious and merciful. He is the good one. I am redeemed and forgiven. Yes I still wrestle with the flesh. I still struggle daily with worry, fear and anxiety. But, I am so thankful for the Word of God that is quick and powerful and sharper than a two edged sword in our lives. It heals us and cleanses us of our sins. I am thankful that even when I am in the pit of selfishness, God rescues me from it. We won't be perfect until we get to heaven, but we who know Christ as Savior have the power of God living in and through our lives. We are more than conquerors through Christ. His Holy Spirit brings us the victory daily to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. He is our refuge, our strength and our shield. He is an ever present help in time of need. When we draw near to Christ, He (His Holy Spirit) draws near to us. When we resist the devil, he has to flee from us! When we praise and glorify Christ in all things, he fills our hearts overflowing with joy. :) Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. When I am down and get desparate, I am thankful that it causes my eyes to look up to Him. He is the only one that can rescue me. Where else can I go? If Christ is not real, than I am the most miserable person in the world because my hope is fixed trusting in the Lord. In the times I am afraid, I am always running back to Jesus. As a Christian, there is no other option. He is exclusively THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND MY LIFE. What else are we living for if not for Christ? What else is our purpose for here on earth if not for Christ? He is EVERYTHING.
#58 Posted by
Phyllis Smith | Friday, November 02, 2012at
I love Spurgeon's Morning Devotions on June 6 that speaks about our unbelief and our worries. I LOVE this. It is profound. I've sprinted it on parchment and framed it and placed it in my bedroom.
"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." -- Isaiah 49:16
No doubt a part of the wonder which is concentrated in the word "Behold," is excited by the unbelieving lamentation of the preceding sentence. Zion said, "The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me." How amazed the divine mind seems to be at this wicked unbelief! What can be more astounding than the unfounded doubts and fears of God's favored people? The Lord's loving word of rebuke should make us blush; He cries, "How can I have forgotten you, when I have graven you upon the palms of my hands? How dare you doubt my constant remembrance, when the memorial is carved upon My own flesh?" O unbelief, how strange a marvel you are! We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of His people. He keeps His promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt Him. He never fails; He is never a dry well; He is never as a setting sun, a passing meteor, or a melting vapor; and yet we are as continually troubled with anxieties, molested with suspicions, and disturbed with fears, as if our God were the mirage of the desert. "Behold," is a word intended to excite admiration. Here, indeed, we have a theme for admiration. Heaven and earth may well be astonished that rebels should obtain so great a nearness to the heart of infinite love as to be written upon the palms of His hands. "I have graven YOU. "It does not say, "your name." The name is there, but that is not all: "I have graven you." See the fulness of this! I have graven your person, your image, your circumstances, your sins, your temptations, your weaknesses, your wants, your works; I have graven you, everything about you, all that concerns you; I have put you altogether there. Will you ever say again that your God hath forsaken you when He has graven you upon His own palms?
#59 Posted by
Keith Krohn | Sunday, November 04, 2012at
August, #21...I tried to post a direct response to your post about you feeling "depressed and confused and anxious", but it didn't work. I hope you find this response next time you log in.
I am not sure what else is going on in your life, but I always examine myself for sin when I am struggling with depression or anxiety. That's always a good place to start. Once you've confessed your sin, repent and turn your back on it. Starve your flesh of it and read God's Word.
Below are some scriptures I turn to when I am feeling the way you've been feeling. Beyond these, just continue to soak up the truth of scripture. Some days I just have to ignore my depression and anxiety and focus on God's glorious truth.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Ephesians 3:20 (New King James Version)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
3 "The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
1 John 4:4
4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, 21-24 (New King James Version)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.
21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Psalm 139: 23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
#61 Posted by
Vinod Anand S | Monday, November 05, 2012at
Bro.James Moore stole the words from my mouth, same here: Skipped heart beats or anything related to something physically abnormal occurring in my body. This leads to anxiety, panic attacks, and more skipped heartbeats. Vicious circle!
Will undergo heart checkup today. Prayers from all will be appreciated.
#62 Posted by
Karen Holman | Tuesday, November 06, 2012at
It is about 2 hours until the polls open on the most important election in my lifetime. I have been awake praying and "worrying" and crying out to God. I know He is in charge and can use anyone to do his will. I know in my head that God's plans are perfect and we know how the war is won. But the daily battles on this earth, right now in this election cycle, loom very large in my worrying mind.
I pray His will be done, and wonder/worry what His will is and what we (and our grandchildren) will be living through until Jesus returns.
I praise God for His faithfulness in the face of my faithlessness. Will this nation ever live 2 Chronicles 7:14?
#63 Posted by
Leontine Rakotomalala | Tuesday, November 06, 2012at
What did God say to us?
"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16) (NKJV)
... He hears our prayers and then answers them according to His will.
What ever He does we thank Him.“Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:13)
God's will be done. Amen.