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5 amazing ways we can practically avert anxiety

What will happen if I won’t get that job? What if I am fired from my current job? Am I beautiful? What if I fail my exam?

Have these and similar questions ever troubled you with a never-ending cycle? If yes, you’re worrying and overthinking.

Worrying and overthinking are markers of anxiety. Anxiety tends to affect us often time. If you have ever been anxious, you know it is an unhealthy aspect.

Anxiety arises from unfulfilled desires, unmet expectations that we tend to continuously seek in an attempt to fill an ever insatiable void that always tends to avoid pain and rejoice in pleasure.

Anxiety is like the raging waves of the sea, ever in a never-ending motion that never takes one anywhere.

Anxiety is the opposite of faith. Faith is totally trusting God to do what seems impossible to you.

You are anxious when you’re totally trusting in your own capacity, lauding your personal might to tackle those battles. You become anxious when you say you’re well able to go through your challenges alone. When you put God aside. When you strive to feed the outer man more than the inner man.

Soon you realize that the more you continue trusting in your own abilities the more you’re wearing out physically, mentally and emotionally.

Finally, you discover you’re not making any progress. You realize you’re doing nothing about what you’re worrying and overthinking about.

“If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.”

~ Shanti Deva.

Now you discover that you can not rely upon your own endeavours to answer the ever nagging questions. Now you feel empty.

Now anxiety is upgrading to stress. Now it is approaching to depression.

But wait, before anxiety drives you slowly into drugs, junk food, alcohol, unhealthy sexual inclinations, suicidal thoughts…let me help you with an elixir to anxiety.

If you’re the one undergoing this torment, grab the points below to discover how you can practically avert anxiety. If you’re not anxious at all, well and good. Read on and assist someone else.

Worship and praise God in the midst of anxiety

Prioritize worship in the midst of worries. Raise your praises and watch how anxiety disappears. Worship can not share the same space with anxiety.

Worshipping during dark moments could be difficult but has a great payoff. When God shows up at that moment, He changes the atmosphere in you and around you. When God appears, anxiety disappears.

Read and meditate on the word of God

The moment you pick your Bible, open it, and start reading what God is saying about you, things start changing. When you’re speaking the scriptures over your life, anxiety is disappearing.

Pray without ceasing

Notice what Apostle Paul says concerning praying in these scriptures:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thesalonians 5:17.

Note these four points:

  • Rejoice always
  • Pray without ceasing
  • In everything give thanks
  • This is the will of God

I believe you’ll be encouraged by these verses:

“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”

1 John 5:14,15.

When you’re rejoicing in your difficulties, when you’re giving thanks in everything, when you’re praying always, you’re executing God’s will for you. You’re suppressing anxiety.

Give thanks to God

The moment you’re saying thank you to God, you’re telling Him that in spite of the unmet needs, He remains to be the supplier. You’re telling Him that despite the troubles, He’ll step in and do more than what He did before.

Paul admonishes us in this manner:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

~ Philippians 4:6,7.

Listen to the testimonies of other people

As you begin listening to the testimonies of other people who endured difficulties and overcame, you’re becoming stronger.

Now you’re discovering that what you’re experiencing is barely a wee bit compared to what some people undergo. You’re learning that if God did for them he can also do for you. You’re conquering anxiety.

Now, if you start putting these points into practice, you’re going to begin offloading your mind of anxiety. You’re going to start getting out of your self-presence and begin entering into God’s presence.

Dear friend, the all-knowing, all-mighty God loves you. He wants you to bring all your troubles, all your needs, all your anxieties to Him. And wait to behold His divine power and wisdom in operation. He wants you to witness His faithfulness.

You are blessed!

Kingdom Titbits,

By Joseph.

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Faith is “uncommon sense”

It starts working when all the senses numb.

Have you ever come to a point in life when all human efforts and strengths have come to an end? Have you ever become so empty that there is nothing you can do to achieve your goals?

If so, then you are not in the wrong position. Because it is in this state, that faith becomes the last option. It is in this condition that your faith connects you to God.

Faith is the sixth sense. It is the “uncommon sense” when all senses have failed. It is a senseless resolve to take a “senseless” action when all senses numb. In that moment. That situation. That experience. That emotion. Maybe joyful, maybe painful.

Sometimes, this senseless action will be criticized. Only because it is uncommon and therefore perceived as senseless. Unreasonable. Meaningless. Sometimes people will question if you’re using common sense. Maybe you’ll be ridiculed.

In that situation never ever back off from this “senseless” resolve. It is the right path to a new place. A new level where the “senseless” becomes sensible. Where the “uncommon sense” becomes common sense. It is in this place, that the unreasonable becomes reasonable and the meaningless becomes meaningful.

Consider the Israelites in Exodus 14:10-15. They had reached a place of utter hopelessness and despair.

Behind, Pharaoh’s fierce army was following in an unstoppable fury. In front, the Red sea was an impenetrable barrier. Fear stricken, they cried to Moses, and Moses cried to God. See what God tells Moses.

“And the Lord said to Moses, why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to move forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry land.”

Exodus 14:15-16.

From this passage, we can learn the following lessons

Faith is moving forward when you’re barely making any progress

It is as if one is running through the sand in a nightmare. It is facing resistance for stopping isn’t an option, otherwise, you’ll give the monster an advantage.

Faith is moving forward when you don’t have strength

It is keeping on moving when you’re weary and feeble. However, when you keep on, God will strengthen your bones to run forward. He’s your strength.

Faith is exercising authority over the situation you’re facing

It is facing the mountain and telling it face on, “you mountain, you’re not going to block my way, you’re not bigger than my God. Mountain, you are not bigger than I am.”

Faith is telling the giant that you have the same measure of authority as Jesus. It is believing that Jesus lives in you and you in Him. Faith is acknowledging that no authority is left for the devil and his cohorts. (Matthew 28:18).

When you understand the measure of authority you have, you’ll be scared of nothing. You’ll not be running from things that can not harm you.

Faith is believing and obeying God’s voice even when it is difficult to comprehend

It is understanding that all that God says is true even when it sounds absurd. KkIt is strongly believing that God can not lie and that, all His promises are yes and amen.

Faith is reading, meditating and confessing God’s word, making it real in your life.

Faith is keeping on moving even when you can’t see the way

Maybe all you see on your pathway is gross darkness. Perhaps you can’t even see the way. I want to tell you to persist pressing forward. Believe God will shine your way. He is the light. He is the way, He makes a way where there is no way.

The point is, there is no point in life where you say you’re tired of moving forward from that point. The earth will never pause to give you a chance to alight and you’re exempted from moving on. No. Perhaps at the point when you draw in the last breathe of life.

We must not be afraid to take a step of faith. Slowly, step by step, eventually we will see ourselves at the finish line. We must face challenges by faith, otherwise, we’ll remain at the same position for ages.

This vision of having a platform for sharing God’s word was born in 2012. However, I’ve been combating a ghost called me that has been frustrating me whenever I attempted sharing on blogger, which I had already created.

Fortunately, I’m a hero in this scrimmage. I’ve subdued the ghost by taking a step of faith to post my first blog on WordPress.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this platform as we walk this noble mission together in faith. What a great relief to start sharing the titbits I have long been carelessly scribbling on paper! And yet I am not stopping here. Welcome!

God loves you!

Kingdom Titbits,

By Joseph.