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Jesus did not only step in but also gave mankind the greatest assurance of all time, that for everyone who believes in Him, everything is going to be ultimately, gloriously and eternally okay, (John 3:16; 11:25-26). He didn’t stop there, He went further to demonstrate the reality of His claim and its trustworthiness when he died for the world, defeated death and came out boldly to announce in Matthew28:18 that, “…all power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth.”
With all audacity, He is saying to everyone who believes in Him that, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.” (Luke 12:22) Invariably, He is telling us not to be anxious for nothing!
I need you to be rest assured that In Christ, everything will ultimately make sense, and Jesus is saying emphatically to us – you and me, right now, right where we’re at – that junction of life, that “Do not be anxious.”
I know the Lord asking you not to be anxious can seem like an almost impossible task, but this should not surprise you because Jesus already commands us to believe, as he said that “…whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die…” (John 11:26)
So when troubles set in, don’t talk to your anxieties as they talk to you, rather, talk to God.
This is very tasking and typically hard to comply with because; our anxieties often disguise themselves in our imaginations – playing in our minds and subconscious as realistic scenarios which in turn compel us to dwell on them emotionally. Other times, anxieties come to us in the form of people – ones we know or are used to.
It is important to note that there’s a type of anxiety that is righteous, Hallelujah!
Examples are: the type Jesus felt in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:38-39), the anxiety Paul felt for the churches (2 Corinthians 11:28), parents’ godly concerns for their children and likely worldly influences on them.
Now, we need to understand that what keeps our anxieties from turning sinful is when we, like Jesus and Paul, translate our fear-laden concerns into prayer requests, weaving them with thanksgiving and handing them all over to God.
Indeed, prayer is the key to escaping the snare of sinful anxiety. Channel all your uncertain concerns and bothering “what ifs” to God alone while clinging to, believing and declaring the unshakable promises we have in God’s word.
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