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“I have never known more than fifteen minutes of anxiety or fear. Whenever I feel fearful emotions overtaking me, I just close my eyes and thank God that He is still on the throne reigning over everything, and I take comfort in His control over all the affairs of my life.”
1700s Theologian, John Wesley.
Have you been struggling or overwhelmed with challenges? Are you carrying around worry, anxieties or heaviness? Is there a situation in your life that is robbing you of your peace of mind?
Maybe you have been emotionally beaten down. Then, over time, that emotional upheaval can steal your sense of value, self-worth or well-being. Possibly, you’ve been going through difficulties, and often pangs of fear come into your mind. Or, you might be continually beating yourself up for past mistakes. And, thus, obliterating who you are and what you can accomplish for the future. Then, expecting the worse and going over all the reasons why your situation won’t work out, those negative, inner voices may tell you, “You’re not going to get ahead,” “You won’t get well,” “It’s too late, you are all done,” or “It’s so unfair, you’ll never be happy again.”
Sometimes, it can be a constant inner struggle or battle against discouragement and fear.
One small negative, fearful thought can expand and multiply and grow out of proportion. One evening this past summer, my family and I went to a local carnival. While playing one of the festival games, my daughter won a set of expandable water toys called Grow Monsters. They were little sea animals and came in various colors and shapes. They were made from a superabsorbent polymer. When we got home, the girls put the novelty items into the sink full of water. After several days, the tiny sea animals expanded and grew up to 100% of their original mass.
In much the same way, that is what can happen if you harbor fear. Fearful thoughts can be overwhelming and intimidating. They can dominate your thoughts and increase, compound, and build up over time. Fear can make things look bigger than they really are now.
Recently, I was driving home from work, and it was very foggy. Then, as I was driving I recalled that I read somewhere that a thick, dense fog that might cover a seven-city-block area 100 feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water. Just a little amount of water can darken an entire city. Fear and anxiety are like that; a small amount could keep you from enjoying your life.
How much time are you wasting thinking about things that are not really important? If we spend our days diverted, upset and stressed out, letting everything affect us, then we won’t have time to focus on what’s important and enjoy life’s utmost blessings.
Could it be that you are carrying burdens that God did not intend you to bear?
Today, break away from the fear and what’s holding you back. Release the weight of it.
This is your time; it’s your day to be set free.
God tells us how to be in peace. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3). Thus, do not measure problems according to your own abilities. Instead, hand situations that you cannot manage yourself over to God … and He will do the rest.
When you wake up each morning, keep God foremost in your mind. Pause to pray and praise Him. Then, during the day, ponder upon God’s presence and know that He is with you wherever you go. Don’t let your imagination run wild, or allow negative images to play like an old movie in your mind. If something happens that causes you to worry, refuse to give in to it. Rather, build your faith by replacing fears by verbally reciting God’s truths:
• God told Isaiah, “Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 40:31).
• David wrote, “The Lord is my light and my deliverer. Whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
• When Jonah was in the belly of the great fish, he focused on God and uttered, “When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord.” (Jonah 2:7).
• The Psalmist said, “I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all of my fears.” (Psalm 34:4).
• And Paul inscribed, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).
Cast your cares on God, for He will intervene, meet your needs and bring all things together for your highest good. It is only a matter of time before circumstances turn around. There is nothing too big or so broken that God cannot renew and restore it. And you will not only regain what you have lost but in addition, God will give you much more. Reader Steve Etzel wrote via email, “There has never been a problem that God wasn’t fully able to solve. He has already guaranteed us the victory and success overall. So as we seek Him more and keep Him first in our thoughts, the bad junk fades away.” So, change your focus from fear to the faithfulness of God. Try this idea: Relive moments of joy. Think about fond memories. Be thankful for those good things that God has done for you. Your perspective will change. And before you know it, you’ll forget about the worries, fears or pain of the past and rejoice in the present and the future!
Credit to: Catherine Galasso-Vigorito
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