First, I think it is important that we understand why the enemy wants us to be anxious. Anxiety, as stated before, has the tendency to drain us. When we have become drained by worry, we are out of position to reap the harvest. Galatians 6:9 instructs us with these words, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (ESV). In order for us to obtain the fullness of the harvest, we must learn to endure. A vital part of endurance is faith. The only way that we can press on is through our belief. When anxiety and worry is prevalent in our lives, we should really check our faith. We must remember that God is our source.
Merriam-Webster defines source as a generative force (cause); it is also says that it is the point of origin (ie author). Both of those definitions remind me of awesome scriptures, the first is found in Acts 17:28A. This is a very familiar passage that says, “In him we live and move and have our being.” It is His spirit that causes us to live. It is His essence that allows us to move. It is His breath that gives us our being. When we begin to understand that everything that we are is only because He is, we can learn to rest in Him. We understand that our job is not to worry but to be obedient to His spirit. For, it is only though this obedience that we are able to do anything.
The other scripture that the definition brought to my mind is found in Hebrews 12:2. This passage states, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (NIV). I believe that this scripture puts us in our place. We’ve grown up in a culture that says that we are able to write our own story. However, this passage clearly states that the book we are working on has already been written. The only thing we have to do is listen to the author as He dictates to us the steps that He’s already ordered. The fact that I don’t have to write my story from scratch is a relief to me. I’m an author and trust me creating a character can be a real doozy. I have to research and study and form and shape and it takes a lot of time. God has already done all the background work for our character! The only thing that we need to do is be sensitive to His leading.
There is another interesting passage that speaks about anxiety, Matthew 13:22. The scripture states, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” I find it so funny that both scriptures dealing with anxiety (Galatians 6:9, Heb 12:2) have to do with seedtime and harvest. Anxiety comes to mess with your productivity! It can cause you not to receive the word that you need to be productive. Or, it can cause you to become weary and distracted during the time of manifestation. We must not allow anxiety to win! The Lord has called us to productivity. So, that is what we will do! How? When things get hard, we will pray. It may not be anything long or grand but it will be sincere. We will learn how to use the same breath we complained with to sing a song. Instead of texting our friends/co-workers/family members about how everything is falling apart; we will pick up our phone and get on our bible app and read. We will expend every amount of energy that we have reinforcing our spirit man and reminding him who is God is! This is how we will make it through seasons that seem to hard to bear! We will channel our worry into worship and sing of His glory. Please believe that this won’t always be easy. And, it may not mean that after you come out of your prayer closet that what you are worrying about will be fixed. What it will mean is that whenever God sees fit to move you will be at a place to hear Him and obey! Your ability to hear God is the most important thing that you have in your life! It is worth more than money and pays better than any salary. If you can get to a place to hear the Lord clearly, you have positioned yourself to win! Keep pressing! Stay on The Path!
A great scriptural reference for dealing with anxiety is found in Phillipians 4:6-9! Another awesome reference can be found in Matthew 6:25-34!