Proverbs 12:25, "An anxious heart weighs a person down, but a kind word cheers them up."
Anxiety is weighing down upon the hearts of men and women in our day. Peace seems to allude many, in this age of stress, anxiety, and worry. Fueled by the high paced lifestyle of the 21st century, we see the toll stress is taking on individuals, and families. Stress related illnesses are common place with many people living their lives in fear, worry, and unease. Our culture offers some solutions, exercise, diet, prescriptions from doctors - yet for many people anxiety dominates their lives and peace is far away.-
I have found some simple biblical principles for dealing with anxiety that are timeless and practical.
Submit your life to God.
1 Peter 5: 6-7, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
An anxious life, is a life that is not in a right relationship with God. God is the giver of peace, and he will carry your anxieties.-- Have you humbled yourself before God? Once you do, he will provide for you loving care that carries your anxieties.
Pray with thanksgiving.
Philippians 4: 6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
What a wonderful promise for all who trust in God. When you bring your anxieties to him in prayer, with thanksgiving, he will give you peace. A peace that's above human understanding, a peace that will put a guard around your heart, and your mind.-
Are you stressed out and anxious about much? Turn to God, have faith in Christ and as you develop a loving relationship with him, he will give you peace. The Scriptures go on and remind us that when you set your minds on the good things of God, and as you practice godly behavior, this too will usher peace into your life.-
Philippians 4:8-9, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
God gives us a supernatural peace even when things in your life are troublesome. So remember, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.