“God the Son stepped into this dangerous, demonic world, where even man’s greatest efforts to ensure safety are ultimately and decidedly defeated by death. And when he did, he made the most audacious claim ever uttered by human lips: for every person who believes in Him, everything is going to be ultimately, gloriously, eternally, inexpressibly, and wonderfully okay.” – Jon Bloom
Where does your anxiety come from, and what is the solution? Anxiety comes from a battle of what ifs. What if this were to happen, or what if that were to happen? Worst-case scenarios seem to always take center stage. The solution? Knowing that everything is going to be okay. For those that are truly in Christ, everything is going to be okay.
I am surely not saying that you won’t suffer, because you will. I am saying that in the end, when all is said and done, those that are in Christ will receive an inheritance imperishable, every tear will be wiped away, and we will be completely satisfied for all of eternity. The end of the story is the best part. Christ wins, we overcome, and for all of eternity we get to be with Him.
The challenge is the here and now. What do we do with our anxieties now? How do we overcome them? What do we say to our anxieties? The solution is simple, the Bible. The Bible is full of promises for Christians to hold on to. The Bible is geared toward the weak saint who struggles deeply with anxiety. The solution is not found in what you say to your anxiety, the solution is what God says about Himself.
5 anxiety killing Scriptures from Romans chapter 8:
Romans chapter 8 is where I go, anytime I am feeling anxious or afraid. Romans 8 is filled with promises for Christians.
- “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1
Because of the perfect work of Christ, received by faith, we are now justified. We have a legal right-standing in the sight of God through faith in the Son. And in God’s courtroom, there is no double jeopardy. The Son, once and for all, paid for all truly repentant sin. And because of this great payment, we will never be tried again. He was condemned in our place, so that we can live.
2. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18
The sufferings mentioned here in this text refer to illness, loss of a loved one, persecution, or anything else that relates to this fallen world. These things will happen, they are coming if you live long enough, but what gives us peace through this text is this: the glory awaiting God’s children is incomparable. Eternal life, in a glorified body, on a new earth, with no sin, the curse reversed, is what Christians have to look forward to. And when we enter into the heavens, our sufferings in this life will seem as nothing compared to what we are experiencing.
3. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
If you have received the grace of God, and have been born-again, everything is working together for your good. This doesn’t mean everything is working together for your earthly comfort. It means that everything is working together to draw you closer to Jesus, make you more like Jesus, or ultimately take you home to be with Jesus. No matter what your going through, if you belong to Jesus, that circumstance is working together for your good.
4. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
It may feel at times like God is constantly displeased with you, and always frowning upon your life. This is not the case. It also may feel like you are working against God at times. That nothing seems to go your way. But if you belong to Christ this is not the case. He is for you, always. Every second of every day, He is on your side. He is removing obstacles that would destroy your faith, He is guiding you with the light of His Word, and because of the work of Christ, He will receive you into His Kingdom in the end. Also, if the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God of the universe is for you, who truly can come against you?
5. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39
Through Christ, and His love, we are more than conquerors in the midst of all these things. The text isn’t teaching that if you belong to Christ He will spare from hard things, but that you will go through them as a conqueror. That’s why it says, ‘In all these things we are more than conquerors.’ The hardest thing for me to understand in the Bible, is the immutable love of God toward His regenerate children. That because of the work of Christ, He now loves us with an unchangeable love. On your best days, he loves you. On your worst days, he loves you. And this love He has toward us is the strength that helps us persevere in the trials of this life. Once He set His love upon you, He did it in such a way that now nothing will separate you from it. You cannot separate you, this world cannot separate you, and nothing in the future will separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Christians are the only people group in this chaotic world who can say with great assurance, everything is going to be okay. No one else can say that. So, because of our Savior, preach this word to yourself today. Because of Christ, everything is going to be okay.