Navigating Different Emotions: Overcoming Anxiety

Philippians 4:6-7 AMP
6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
To be anxious is to worry and to be nervous over something because of an uncertain outcome. It can also be a strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.
Jesus addressed the matter of anxiety in the book of Matthew 6 in reference to food drink and clothing, the basic things in life. When you think about it, most of us get anxious over these things, rent, a job, bills, our health and so many other things.
When we worry about things, we do not make the situation better, instead we make it even worse. Our bodies were not meant to house anxiety and worry and hence you will find lots of scriptures in the bible telling us not to be anxious and not to worry because when we do and we stay in that state then we put ourselves in harms way.
Our key verse tells us that instead of worrying we ought to pray and tell God about our situation. Not only that, we are supposed to have an attitude of thanksgiving. That sounds like an oxymoron, how do you give thanks in a situation that making you anxious? That’s exactly the point, to be able to offer thanksgiving, we must get our eyes off the situation that is making us anxious and fix our eyes on God and his goodness and majesty as we give thanks. Giving thanks reminds us of the goodness and greatness of God and how far he has brought us. It reminds us that God is far much bigger than what is making us anxious.
The results of that is that the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and minds. This tells me that anxiety attacks the heart and the mind, no wonder when you are anxious then you become very unproductive.
It is important to note that when we pray, the situation may not change immediately, but we can access the peace of God over the situation immediately. No wonder this peace transcends human understanding because the situation may not have changed but your attitude and emotions do because of the peace of God.
Remember, our God is bigger and greater than all the situations that are causing you to be anxious!
Reflective Thoughts
What are some of the things that make you anxious?
Do you believe that God is greater than any kind of situation or circumstance that you may find yourself in today?
Have you ever experienced the peace of God that supersedes all human understanding? what was the situation?
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