Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Anxiety and Fear

I think we all having been consumed with anxieties and fear at some point in our life. We all probably have known a few worry warts. It is OK to be concerned about something but Worry is a sin. Why? Because it is something that does not come from faith:

Romans 14:23: But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Worry is forbidden

How should we handle our anxieties?

Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Jesus Instructed Us Not To Worry

Matthew 6:25-27: 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 than food, and the body more 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

A few good quotes about worry:

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway. ~Mary C. Crowley

As the Bobby McFerrin 80s hit song says: Don't Worry, Be Happy!

And pray more...

Because all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26)

Peace be with you,

© Michael J. Cox