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!