Worship moves you into a place of peace where you can receive His love. No matter what is going on in your life, entering into the presence of God through worship will enable you to drop the shield of anxiety, release your pent-up emotions, calm your heart and receive a peace that passes all understanding. Once that peace settles in, God’s loving presence floods in. It shields you from fear of the future and enables you to enjoy His presence in the now. Focus on the face of Jesus—no matter what storm rages around you—and though the storm rages, you will no longer notice because you are captivated by Him.
The bottom line about all of our emotions or feelings of dread, apprehension, and uncertainty comes down to one thing: The fear of not being in control. – When there’s something beyond our control and we feel uncertain about the outcome, that’s going to create the emotion of anxiety in us. In the New Testament, the word anxiety means distracted or pulled apart – this is the opposite of peace. That “distraction” or “pulling apart” is going to create stress within us. And that stress, whether we realize it or not, is going to have a profound effect on our lives. Understand this can make you physically ill. It will divide your mind. And where your mind goes, the overall health of your body will eventually follow. That’s why recognizing what it is and learning to deal with the emotion of anxiety is so important.
I will both lay down in peace and rest, for you God, cause me to dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8. We are in a battle, spiritually and physically. While we are doing what we need to do to combat all this craziness that is going on in the world, we must all remember to reset ourselves. To take breaks. To get away and do something else. Worship, dance, read your Bible. Go for a walk. This is what will make us stronger and keep us out of fear. Fear wants us to regress, to shut up, to stay silent, to freeze, do nothing. But I REFUSE to do nothing. When you are fearful, you will not make good decisions or have a clear head.
The quickest way to open the door to stress is by entertaining the lie, “I have to figure this out.” Praying and waiting on the Lord often feel counterproductive, but it actually increases our faith muscle and develops our discipline to move and work from a place of rest.
March 30, 2020
An unpeaceful mind cannot operate normally. Hence the Apostle teaches us to “have no anxiety about anything” (Phil. 4:6). Deliver all anxious thoughts to God as soon as they arise. Let the peace of God maintain your heart and mind.
February 24, 2020
A Christian’s freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care.
January 29, 2020
Worry is the cross which we make for ourselves by over anxiety.