How Do I Stop Being Anxious?

We’ve all had moments, days, weeks or even months of anxiety. The stress this puts on our bodies is incredible.We can’t continue to live like this and though we’ve tried everything to stop these thoughts from crowding our minds, there is one more thing to do. Follow along with me as we study the words “anxiety” and “anxious” from a Biblical perspective. Hopefully, this study will help you to cast your cares on the One who cares for you.

Let’s begin!

Matthew 11:28, 30 says Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (KJV)

As in other studies I have published, I like to use the King James Version, so if you have your own favourite version, please use it to read along with us.

This is the starting point, the place where you begin, the place where you will walk on solid foundation. You are heavy laden, not physically with work, but spiritually with the burdens of your loved ones. This is the place where you go to Jesus, let Him give you rest. Learn from Him — did He ever worry about His mother, his father, his brothers? We see no evidence that He worried or had anxious thoughts. He even taught the people about not worrying. Here’s what He said in Matthew 6:24-34: Emphasis has been added.

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Philippians 4:6-7 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Let’s unpack this powerful verse. Be anxious for absolutely NOTHING! He doesn’t want you to live that way, full of anxious thoughts. Take those anxious thoughts and through prayer give them to Him. Give Him thanks that He has made a way for you to do this. Give Him thanks that He wants to take care of your concerns. Give Him thanks that He will accomplish His will in their lives. Give Him thanks.

Now, before we finish unpacking that verse, let’s look at this one in 1 Peter 5:6-8, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

The definition of humility means not proud or arrogant, being courteously respectful, a feeling of insignificance or inferiority. So, under the mighty hand of God, go respectfully to Him knowing that you are inferior to Him, and we are, He is God, we are His creation, inferior to Him. Be humble before Him and He is going to do something amazing! He will exalt you in due time! Wow! In your humility before Him, cast your cares, your concerns, your anxious thoughts before Him, at His feet, in His hands. He cares for you. He desires that you would trust Him to hold your concerns for you so that you can have the peace of God that passes all understanding, all comprehension. He loves you so much! You know that, I know you do.

Humility = not proud or arrogant, being respectful

You’re not out of the woods yet, you’ve given Him your concerns, your anxious thoughts but what happens when they come back to your mind? We know they will because your adversary the devil is seeking whom he may devour. He is looking for a weak spot in your armour. He’ll cause you to be anxious. When that happens, speak the Word of truth to him (the devil) telling him that he is mistaken, that you are not carrying those concerns, they belong to Jesus. James 4:7,8 says Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

So now, submit yourself to God, resist satan and he has no choice but to flee. Draw yourself closer to God and He is going to do something too! He is going to draw Himself closer to you. You press in to Him, He will press Himself closer to you! What a picture that is! What comfort!

Philippians 4:6-7 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Now back to unpacking that verse. We left off talking about the peace of God. Jesus said in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The world offers peace but it isn’t the same, it isn’t lasting, it doesn’t guard your heart. Jesus’ peace cannot be bought at any price. It isn’t for sale. It IS free though but you have to do something to get it. You need to give Him all anxious thoughts through prayer and then and only then will you be able to experience that peace that everyone longs for. The peace that guards your heart and mind.

Paul was such a great writer! He led by example. He lived what he taught and preached. Since he did it, we can too!

Now for the rest of Philippians 4, verse 8 and 9, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

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You’ve given your cares, concerns and anxious thoughts to Jesus. He gives you His peace that passes all comprehension, a peace that only He can give as the world cannot buy it. Yes I know I said this already but it bears repeating. Paul then tells us what to think about. Think of things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report. Meditate on them. Paul said he has the peace of God and if you want it too, then the things that you learned from him, received, heard and saw in him, DO them too and you’ll also have that same peace that Paul had. Amazing eh? Paul was a doer of the word.

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Paul said to do the things he taught, James said to be doers of what has been taught. That is significant. If we are only sponges and soak up the word by hearing it, our faith is increased (faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10.17) but we haven’t put anything into action, we haven’t experienced it ourselves by being a doer of the word. And besides, being a hearer only, without any action behind our faith, supporting our claim to faith, we will deceive ourselves. And we don’t want to do that. So be a doer.

I’m sharing all this with you because of one thing, I am a doer of the Word. I have experienced this, over and over again since 1989. I have His peace that passes understanding. His peace lives in our home, in our lives. I have a testimony of the power and truth of His Word. You can take Him at His Word, you can trust Him in this, that He will carry your burdens for you and in exchange give you peace. What a swap!

Still with me?

How are you standing today?

Paul tells us how to stand in Ephesians 6:6-18  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

We are to dress properly if we want to find ourselves still standing at the end of the day. How are you dressed today? Are you suited up for battle? You’re going to win, you know that don’t you?

One last thing to remember from James 1:2-3, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

And not only patience; because you are a doer, you are giving your concerns to Him to carry for you, you will have His peace, beautiful peace. Patience and peace, what a combo!

Solid foundation, cement, bricks, boulders. All these things appear to be immovable but they have faults. They crack, chip, and eventually move. The Word of God is immovable. It doesn’t change, it is forever the same. Jesus is the Word. He is your Truth. He is your Peace. He is all in all.

So now, my dear friend, it is your turn. Stand on the solid foundation of His Word, His Truth and see what amazing things God will do for you. You will have a testimony to share with others, as I have. It will be amazing! I am waiting to hear your testimony. It may take a few months to materialize or just a few weeks but when you’re ready, you’ll know it and I’d love to hear your story of His faithfulness.

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