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7 Actions to Fight Anxiety

We all have things in our lives that cause worry or anxiety. Our careers, relationships, and an illness in the family are all heavy loads to carry. But what does the bible say about anxiety? And how can we suppress our anxious thoughts the very moment they occur? Here are 7 things you can do right now that will restore peace:

1.    PRAY

"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." - Psalm 55:22

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30

It may seem like common sense for a Christian, but most of us are quicker to complain to a friend than to make our requests known to God in prayer. When you first start talking to God, don't start with what you need, but instead acknowledge the blessings he has provided, how powerful He is, how much He loves you and by the time you get to the asking part, your situation may not seem as daunting.


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" - Matthew 6:25-27

Take a moment, go outside and see this scripture come to life. Seeing how the birds have been taken care of reminds us how much more our Heavenly Father will provide for us. It may not be in the way we imagine or the way we desire, but God has a plan and He will sustain you through the hard times. Just as these birds have survived all kinds of bad weather, you too will have enough to sustain you through the storm.


Where is your focus? Is it on material possessions? Is it on the fleeting thing of this world? In Luke, Jesus reminds his followers that God knows your very needs and you need not worry, but then follows with this command:

"Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." - Luke 12:33-34

Is it possible your worry or anxiety is birthed out of something only concerned with this world? Where are the desires of your heart? Consider what elements are feeding your anxiety and get rid of them. If it is comparison, consider fasting from social media, volunteering at your local food bank, or purging some clothes from your full closet and giving to those in need. This will redirect your perspective. Store up your treasures in heaven by serving others.


"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." - Proverbs 12:25

The bible says the power of life and death are in the tongue. Words have great weight and it's possible your worry is being fed by someone else's words. Take a look at the 5 people you spend the most time with. Are they positive? Do they encourage? What is their faith like? When you are feeling anxious, it is important to have someone who will pray with you and redirect your focus back onto the promises of God.


"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." - 1 Peter 5:6-8

If you believe in God, than you are aware there is also an enemy who is out to tempt you, trip you up, and pull you away from your faith in Christ. Chances are, you are anxious about a situation you feel you cannot control. Therefore, as you wait on God, who will lift you up in due time, get to work. Be self-controlled and alert of your thoughts and acknowledge what is truth, and what is a lie. Surround yourself with scripture by writing verses on post-it notes and placing them in areas you will see them daily - your mirror, car, desk at work, etc. Stay humble by knowing God is bigger than your situation and He cares for you. He can work any situation for good.


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6

One of the amazing things about having a relationship with the Creator of the universe is that He tends to have the bigger picture. It is possible the situations that are making you anxious now could build up your faith in the long run. When you reflect on past situations that made you anxious, did everything turn out okay in the end? Trusting God amidst circumstances is a choice. You may have made some poor choices, but fear not, He will make your paths straight. Simply acknowledge Him in all your ways by asking Him to guide your actions, your words, and your thoughts. 


"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe" - Hebrews 12:28

Remember, this life is but a blip in the radar. Keep your eyes Kingdom focused and your heart on Jesus. Keep a "Blessings" journal and write down 1 thing every day you are thankful for. Look back in a year and see the incredible blessings God has provided that you may have forgotten. We are far more loved by our God than we actually understand.

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