Peace of Mind: 4 Effective Ways to Ward Off Worry and Anxiety
Throughout my life, I have experienced firsthand the negative impact that worrying and anxiety can have. I have spent countless hours fretting over various aspects of my life, only to find that God always provided for me in the end. Looking back, I wonder why I allowed worry to consume me for so long.
In reality, worrying never changed my situation for the better; if anything, it only made my already difficult circumstances worse. It caused me to experience even more fear, headaches, and tears. It is clear to me now that worry was never a helpful or productive response to the challenges I faced.
Worry is an inevitable part of the human experience we all encounter at some point. It can take various forms, such as anxiety about the future, job-related stress, or concerns about our relationships. However, as Christians, we can draw comfort and reassurance from the teachings of Scripture. In this blog post, I will explore some essential Bible verses and steps that can aid us in leading a worry-free life.
Steps to Conquer Worry and Anxiety
Be Careful for Nothing
- Don't Choke the Word. Worry has the potential to stifle the growth of God's word in our lives, preventing it from taking root and producing fruit. When we are anxious, our focus tends to shift from God and His promises to our problems and concerns. This shift can cause us to doubt God's provision and care, limiting our potential as Christians to grow and bear fruit. Moreover, worry can also lead us to sin. It may drive us to pursue things that are not fruitful, such as seeking (having confidence) wealth or indulging in our fleshy desires. It may also cause us to form relationships that hinder our spiritual growth. This is because our worries and anxieties can distract us from God's will and lead us astray from His path.
2 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
2. Choose the Good Part. If you find yourself constantly striving to be the perfect housewife, mother, or employee, you may be neglecting your time with God. Your worries about finances or your children may also be interfering with your prayer life and study time. I encourage you to prioritize spending time with God, as Mary did when she sat at Jesus' feet and listened to him. This requires submitting to Jesus and continually focusing on him. If you follow Martha's example and become sidetracked by the demands of service, you may think you're doing the right thing, but ultimately fall short. Instead, seek God first, and He will take care of everything else. By putting aside, the concerns and distractions of daily life and focusing on your connection with God, you can deepen your relationship with Him and discover what is truly important in life.
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
3. Humble Yourself: Why We Need to Share Our Burdens As humans, we have a natural tendency to want to carry our burdens alone. Whether it's due to pride, fear, or shame, we often feel like we need to be strong and independent, even in our weakest moments. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have been given a great community in the body of Christ to share in our burdens.
In 1 Peter 5:6-7, we are exhorted to "humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt us in due time, casting all our care upon Him, for He cares for us." This verse reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that we have a loving God who is ready and willing to take our burdens from us.
We must remember that we are not meant to carry our burdens alone. We are called to be part of a community that can help us when we are weak and offer support when we need it most. When we share our burdens with others, we can ease the weight off our shoulders and allow others to help carry the load.
Furthermore, when we share our struggles with others, it can also be an opportunity for us to strengthen one another. We can offer encouragement, wisdom, and prayers to those who are going through difficult times. In this way, we can help each other grow in faith and love.
It's essential to remember that we are all human and we all struggle. We need to humble ourselves and recognize that we are not invincible. We need others to help us carry our burdens and to offer support when we need it. By doing so, we can build stronger relationships with one another and grow in our faith.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
4. Trust in the Lord. One of my favorite scriptures is Jesus' instruction to his disciples about worrying. Whenever I find myself fretting over things that are beyond my control, I am reminded to seek after the Kingdom of God and trust in the Lord. It brings me comfort to know that Jesus considers me, and all of us, so valuable. As the one who clothes the fields and feeds the birds in the sky, how much more will he provide for us, who are made in his image?
- Genesis 32:7-12,
- 1 Samuel 30:6,
- Psalm 55:17,22,
- Psalm 62:8,
- Psalm 55:22,
- Matthew 6:25,34,
- Hebrew 13:5,6,
- Mark 4:38