How to Overcome Anxiety
Editor’s Note: What do you worry about? What floods you with a sense of panic or dread? Underneath our chronic worry, we often find a driving need for control – control over our future, our family, our health, our finances, our time, our whole lives. And yet, we’re surrounded by things we can’t control. (Just drive a few minutes on a busy Texas highway and you’ll learn that pretty quickly!) The result is that we feel out of control. Our anxious thoughts are often the symptom of trying to ensure an outcome, avoid a disaster, or prevent a pain. All because we attempt to exercise a supremacy over our lives that belongs to God alone.
So what is the cure? Paul tells us to surrender to the Lord’s control and to line up our minds with that which reflects His character. The Father who has ultimate control loves us with unfathomable compassion and has already promised to work everything that may come for our good (Rom 8:28). His perfect love casts out all fear (1 Jn 4:18) and He invites us to throw every burden of anxiety onto Him (1 Pt 5:6-7). As you read this passage from Philippians 4, ask the Holy Spirit to pour out God’s love into your heart (Rom 5:8), so that you can loosen your grip of control and be free from anxiety.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
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.
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.
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
~ Philippians 4:4-9