HOW TO HANDLE ANXIETY
I welcome you to this glorious edition of Family Life. I want you to apply the Word of God coming your way from this column, and make it to produce in your life and family.
God is not a respecter of persons; if He has given some people rest in their family lives, He is much more ready to give you rest in your family. Only apply yourself to all of His commandments. You shall not suffer in Jesus' Name!
By the grace of God, this month, I want to talk about something that has hindered many from entering into the fullness of the blessings of God. Our purpose is to see how it can be avoided, if it has not caught up with you, or how it can be cured if you are already a victim of it. It is a universal disease that has no regard for a particular race or colour. It plagues the big and the small. It doesn't matter whether you travel from one country of the world to another; it needs no visa to travel with you. It is Anxiety!
Anxiety is defined as a troubled feeling in the mind caused by fear and uncertainty. It is a killer disease, which needs a cure. If left unchecked, it degenerates into bigger diseases. However, as great as advancement in medical science is, it has not been able to provide a cure for anxiety. So, how do we handle anxiety? The Word of God says: …Upholding all things by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3b). The only cure for anxiety is the Word of God. The Word is the all-producing, never-failing solution to every issue of life.
Before we can successfully tackle anxiety, it will be good to know its causes and effects. The causes differ from people to people, ranging from fear of insecurity, financial problems, failure to ill-health of a family member. Maybe, you live in an area where robbers pay regular visits to, maybe the general economy of your country is not encouraging, maybe you are to execute a project and the means to do it is not visible. These and lots more are diverse causes of anxiety plaguing homes, families and people generally, in the world today.
The effects of anxiety are so many and they are devastating. Spiritually, anxiety cuts off your relationship with God, and takes away your joy. Without joy, you cannot worship God, neither can you serve Him acceptably, nor pray effectively. The Word of God says: Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3).
If joy is not in place, however, the devil has a free hand, and anything could happen. God forbid! The family, today, is prone to this killer disease called anxiety. Never let it catch up with your family. Fight it and free yourself. Give the devil no chance in your affairs (Ephesians 4:27).
What is the cure for anxiety? The Bible says, Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).
The above Scripture is a commandment from God. To obey is better than sacrifice. It says, Be careful for nothing, not in your finances, or protection. When you give room to anxiety, you are working in disobedience. You may say, "Well, I know it is a commandment, but what do I do now? What about Children's school fees, landlord's rent due, car expenses and my business?"
Remember, the book of Proverbs chapter 29 and verse 1 says that anyone who refuses instruction shall perish suddenly without remedy. God knows about all these before He said to you to be anxious for NOTHING. It means He has given you what it takes not to give room to anxiety. You have the power to refuse anxiety. When you consciously refuse to be anxious, you are obeying God's commandment and He in turn makes things to begin to work out for you. You can overcome anxiety by casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.
When you give in to anxiety, you are judging God as being unfaithful, and you are calling Him a liar. You are not too sure of His abilities and therefore, you can no more depend on Him. You need a better way out. Free yourself from the entanglement of anxiety today and give God a chance in your affairs.
Jesus says He will not cast away anyone that comes to Him. You have been accepted in the beloved. Make your household members, your wife, children, and wards staying with you, do the same confession and you all can begin to enjoy the benefits of redemption. You shall not suffer!
Are you born again? If your answer is "No", why not surrender your life to Christ today and you shall be born again and the grace to overcome anxiety shall be imparted upon you. You need to say this prayer of faith with me today, and you shall be part of God's Kingdom. Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations! You are now born again! All round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus' Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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