My dear friend, I’m very excited that you have followed me this far. I’m very sure that if you’re reading this particular post, which is the last in the series on “TRIUMPHING OVER ANXIETY”, it means you have successfully read the three other associated posts. If you haven’t, I’d strongly recommend you do read them, given that the three previous posts before this one [that is, TRIUMPHING OVER ANXIETY 1, 2, & 3] will help you to have a clear understanding of what exactly you need to do in order to triumph over anxiety.
My focus today on “TRIUMPHING OVER ANXIETY : THE WAY OUT OF ANXIETY” is to share with you a biblically established approach that will guarantee a lifetime of personal dominance over any form of anxiety. What I mean is that I’m going to show you in the light of God’s flawless Word what you need to do in order to actually get out of an anxiety-dominated life. In case you’re free from anxiety for now, this biblical approach will equally help you to remain free from anxiety forever. So take out time to pay close attention to the words of Jesus:
“24 You cannot serve two masters: God and money. For you will hate one and love the other, or else the other way around. 25 So my counsel is: Don’t worry about things – food, drink, and clothes. For you already have life and a body – and they are far more important than what to eat and wear. 26 Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat – they don’t to sow or reap or store up food – for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. 27 will all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs.29 Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith? 31, 32 So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, 33 and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to. 34 So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time” [Matthew 6:24-34, TLB].
To get out of an anxiety-dominated life or to shut up your life from the possibility of ever being trapped by anxiety, the first thing to do is to:
- Give God the First Place in Your Life and in Everything You Do and Say
You see my friend, we’ve been created to worship God, and such worship should be done unconditionally. What I mean is that, it should be done with the recognition of the fact that we’re indebted to God. For instance, when Jesus called the twelve disciples in Mark 3:13-14, we’re told that the primary reason why He called them was for intimacy. That speaks of worship. “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. AND HE ORDAINED TWELVE, THAT THEY SHOULD BE WITH HIM, and that he might send them forth to preach”
The emphasis of the call of the twelve was “worship”, and it was to be done unconditionally.
The very first of the Ten Commandments teaches us this truth: “1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” [Exodus 20:1-6]
Also, considering the greatest commandment which Jesus talked about under the New Covenant, His emphasis was worship: “37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” [Matthew 22:37-39].
The angel who spoke with John the Beloved in the Island of Patmos, told him to worship God: “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” [Revelation 19:10].
Giving God the first place in your life is a call to be consistent in our worship of God.
How Do You Worship God [or How Do You Give God the First Place in Your Life]?
- By Living daily in the Consciousness of the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling Presence in Your Born Again Spirit.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
5 Or what do you think the Scripture means when it says that THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD HAS PLACED WITHIN US, watches over us with tender jealousy?
- By Continually Looking unto Jesus in spite of What Goes on in or Around You
Hebrews 12: 2 [TLB]
2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honour by the throne of God.
This is a call to consistently pay attention to God’s Word, because Jesus is God’s Living Word [John 1:1; Revelation 19:13; 2 Peter 1:19]. God’s power is encapsulated in His Word. Your access to God’s Word is your access to His power.
- By Filling Your Mind with Word-based Thoughts
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
To get out of an anxiety-dominated life or to shut up your life from the possibility of ever being trapped by anxiety, the second thing to do is:
- Never Forget the Fact That You’re of Greater worth [Value] Than Birds and Lilies
I didn’t say that, but Jesus [God] did. As far as God is concerned, you’re the most important person on earth. This was implied by the words of Jesus when He said: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. ARE YE NOT MUCH BETTER THAN THEY?” [Matthew 6:26]
In order to drive His point home, Jesus tells us further: “6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: YE ARE OF MORE VALUE THAN MANY SPARROWS” [Luke 12:6-7].
To sum it up, speaking by the Holy Spirit, Peter tells us that: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” [1Peter 2:9, Amplified].
To get out of an anxiety-dominated life or to shut up your life from the possibility of ever being trapped by anxiety, the third thing to do is to:
- Live daily in the Consciousness of What You Already Have because They’re Far More Important Than What You Think You Don’t Have.
Jesus’ stand was clear on this: “So my counsel is: Don’t worry about things – (like) food, drink, and clothes. [Why] FOR YOU ALREADY HAVE LIFE AND A BODY – and they are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than what to eat and wear.” [Matthew 6:25, TLB]
To get out of an anxiety-dominated life or to shut up your life from the possibility of ever being trapped by anxiety, the forth thing to do is:
- Learn to Thank God Always for What You Have, Even if it seems Humanly Insignificant to Meet the Need at the Time.
This was Paul’s admonition to the Christians in Thessalonica: “Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]” [1Thessalonians 5:18, Amplified].
Even when He was confronted with the challenge of feeding a multitude with limited resource, Jesus wasn’t moved; rather, He was more concerned about thanking God at least for what was available at the time, in spite of the fact that it seemed insignificant from a purely humanistic perspective. Mark recorded that “…He [Jesus] took the seven loaves, and GAVE THANKS, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them” [Mark 8:6-7]
I’m sure you can guess the outcome: “They did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away” [Mark 8:8-9].
In a nutshell, your way out and into a lifetime void of anxiety is based on a four-stage biblical approach:
- Give God the first place in your life and in everything you do and say [Mark 3:13-14].
- Never forget the fact that you’re of greater worth [value] than birds and lilies [Luke 12:6-7].
- Live daily in the consciousness of what you already have because they’re far more important than what you think you don’t have [Matthew 6:25, TLB].
- Learn to thank God always for what you have, even if it seems humanly insignificant to meet the need at the time [1 Thessalonians 5:18, Amplified].
Dear friend, it will be practically impossible without the help of Jesus to have a life void of anxiety, given that He has made it clear in His Word that “…without me ye can do nothing” [John 15:5]. What you need right now in case you’re not in a relationship with Jesus is to enter into one with Him, because that’s where your triumph over anxiety begins. You can do that by simply praying the following prayer of faith:
“Dear God, according to Romans 4:25, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again to make me right with you, in order to fill me with your goodness. I also confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. Today, I accept Jesus into my heart as my Personal Lord and Saviour.
In accordance with Romans 10:10, which say if I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth, I will be saved, I know that from now henceforth: I am born again; I am a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, behold, all things have become new. I have the very life of God in me; I am God’s righteousness in Christ. I am lifted with Christ and together we are seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father, far, far above principalities and powers. Just as Christ is, so am I in this world, in Jesus’ Name”. Amen.
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Jesus is Lord!