2020 has been a year for the history books. A pandemic, riots, and many other things have plagued our nation. It is easy to gaze too long at the world around us, and be filled with anxiety. What-ifs about this upcoming school year, what-ifs about the outcome of any situation, what-ifs can quickly replace what-is. Even more, what-ifs can replace Who-is.
Anxiety can be crippling, paralyzing, and controlling. If left unchecked it can be the singular ruler of our daily life. The sin of anxiety can attempt to dethrone Christ in our hearts, and it is our duty to protect the throne room.
Thankfully, God has written a Book that is geared toward the anxious heart. He has given us a sword to fight the battle with. Many people try to fight this battle unprotected, and unarmed, never seeing victory. Yet, if we wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, in our minds, we can see real victory.
In many places in the Bible, it assumes the reader is anxious, and gives practical steps away from it. For every long look in the mirror, and at the world around you, take two long looks at Christ, and His Word. When the dominating nature of anxiety attempts to pounce on you, unleash the amazing power of God’s Word for victory, and experience supernatural peace that only God can provide.
Here are 5 scriptures for the anxious heart:
- Remind your soul who God is
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” – Psalm 62:5-8
This psalmist gives us a wonderful way in which to fight anxiety. He talks to his own soul:
“For God alone, o my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”
He is having a conversation within himself. Conversing with his anxious soul, with the truth of who God is. He reminds himself that God is his hope, rock, salvation, glory, and refuge. Then ends with the ultimate solution to all anxiety, trust.
“Trust him at all times.”
Preach to yourself the truth of who God is, and never let anxiety have the last word. God’s word should reign supreme in the end.
2. Ask yourself the right questions
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
Another Psalm, another fight within the psalmist. What greater question can we ask? If God is our light, and salvation, who is left to fear? If the One who created, governs, and owns the entire universe has saved our soul, who is left to come against us?
3. Be strong! Fear not!
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” – Isaiah 35:3-4
When your heart is weak, and mixed with anxieties, call to mind the incredible power of God. His vengeance against the enemies of His Son, and those whom His Son purchased will be great one day. Every enemy of God, and God’s children will experience His vengeance, and recompense. He has appointed a day where every lofty, arrogant person will be brought low, and if we belong to Jesus this is the greatest of news. Be strong! Because the One who purchased your life is stronger! Do not fear! Because if you have been born-again, you are on the right side of history!
4. “The cure for care, is joy in the Lord.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice.” – Philippians 4:1
Rejoicing in the Lord is a great strength against an anxious heart. The Christian life is not a miserable life, rather it is joy. We have so much to rejoice about, namely, our salvation. Christ has purchased for us new eyes to see the world, ears to hear His Word, and a heart that loves Him. If your heart is anxious today, look at Christ, and His perfect work.
5. The love of God drives out fear
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18
Some may say that the doctrine of election, or predestination may be the hardest things to understand in the Bible. This is not the case for me. The hardest thing for me to understand is God’s immutable love for His children. We have sinned against a holy, righteous God, and yet He has given us eternal life. We pursued death and destruction, yet he pursued us with life, and love. He really does love us, plain and simple, and this perfect love, displayed in His Son on the cross, should drive out every ounce of fear.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Our songs should exceed our sighs.”
He is right, we have far more to rejoice about, than we have to worry about, and today I hope you’ll join me in choosing to sing, rather than fret.