Ten Ways to Deal with Fear and Anxiety

Anxiety levels are through the roof these days. There are many things that have concerned us over the past few years. It seems that more and more things keeps coming. How are we supposed to deal with all the uncertainty in our lives. Yesterday was Covid. Today their talking about WWIII! Well there is good news from the Bible that can help us navigate even the most uncertain of times in our lives. Below we have listed ten biblical solutions to handle anxieties of life. The key to them all is at the very end! Starting with ten let’s count down to the number 1 solution.

10. Remember that hard times come and go.

Ecclesiastes 3:1–4 (NLT) 1For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. We must acknowledge that since early human history humanity has endured many difficult things. For example, we are not the first generation of Americans to consider what it means to live through a pandemic or even World War. We tend to idealize the past times of comfort. But those who lived through pandemics of the past like the Spanish flu or the attack on Pearl Harbor give us an added perspective. Our country endured these difficult things and came out stronger. These principles involve realistic perspective and gratitude. We too have had experiences that were tough and yet we were able to persevere through them. When we looked back we realize that they not only passed by but they changed us and shaped us; making us stronger and more resilient.

9. Don’t let the fear from the past or fear of the future cloud and paralyze the present. Forget what lies behind and don’t worry about tomorrow.

Many times we allow the difficulties of the past to invade the present causing worry and undue fear. Philippians 3:13 (NLT) The apostle Paul writes, “but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Rather than using the past as a tool for endurance, it is often easy to allow the past to cripple us. Instead, we must be intentional about moving forward and remaining in the present. Jesus taught us to keep our minds on today, (Matt 6:24) when He said “Do not worry about tomorrow.” He also said, “Do not be afraid,” 5 times in the New Testament. Often times our thought life is dominated by two things we cannot control today, yesterday or tomorrow. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. .

8. Do not let worry rob you of the strength you need for today. Charles Spurgeon famously wrote, “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” Sadly, for many we could add that there is no strength left for tomorrow because of the fear yesterday has produced today. Instead, we must learn not to fixate on yesterday or tomorrow, but remain focused on now and what we can do as we navigate to where we are headed. The only time we are instructed to think of the past is to remember God’s faithfulness and remember the lessons of the past, but we cannot allow the difficulties and mistakes of the past to cloud our judgment and paralyze us to act wisely today. We do what we can today with what we’ve got. The key is to focus on God’s strength and ability and not our own weaknesses

7. Understand that there is much that is out of your control, but nothing beyond God’s control.

Luke 1:37 (NKJV) 37For with God nothing will be impossible.” When we read the Bible we see the incredible power of God from beginning to end. From creating the universe to introducing a new heaven and earth, the power of God is a key to helping us function through troublesome times. Only when we go at it alone do we become overwhelmed because we acknowledge so much is beyond our own power to control it. Thankfully, this is not the case with God, in fact, with Him its the opposite. The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign and rules over all things. He feeds every bird and dresses every lily. He knows how man hairs are on your head!

6. Remember that God is with you.

Hebrews 13:5–6 (NKJV) 5Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

It’s so easy to allow hard times to cause our focus to be on the things we don’t have. But for the Christian, we have the promise that the one thing we always have, God, is the only One who is more than enough every time! That God promises throughout the Bible to never leave us, should show us how much He cares and meditating on this reality can bring great comfort, even in times of intense distress. The final thing Christ said before He ascended to heaven was, “I will be with you even until the end of the age.”

5. Walk in the comfort that God does not change.

Hebrews 13:8 (NLT) 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Oh how so much changes every day. It seems almost impossible for us to keep up. But what a relief to know that God is always the same. He is steadfast, consistent, immovable. He is the only Rock! (Isaiah 44:8) No matter what happens in my life I can count on God being consistent. This become a great relief to a person who trusts in God. But trusting Him is essential to experience the benefits. To trust Him you must know about Him and this comes from reading the Bible and praying to Him. The more you spend time with Him, the more you now about Him, the more you trust Him, and the more appreciative you are that He never changes. He is good and holy and loving and He cares for you.

4. Be encouraged that God has a plan for your life.

Many of us feel overwhelmed with all the choices and so many unknown variables. We have the freedom to make plans and set goals but we don’t always know how things will work out. Our plans may be limited but not God’s! Remember God’s promise to Israel? Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. As a follower of Christ I know that the same is true for me today. I make my plans, but God directs my steps. (Proverbs 16 :9) In fact, all of my days have been planned and fashioned by God. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) 16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Many of us believe that if we could write the story of our lives it would be a pretty good one. However, imagine the story that God has written. There is not author better than Him!

3. Focus on the certainty of God’s promises for your future.

Isaiah 46:10 (NLT) 10Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a friend who knew everything! Of course it would. Can you believe that its possible? That is why faith is so important. Not only does the Bible teach us that God has a perfect track record of predicting the future, it also teaches us that Jesus calls those who follow Him friend! When you place your faith in His promises you begin to find all the strength you need to combat anxiety. All of His promises of the arrival of Jesus’ first coming came true exactly! That means His promises to you are as good as done! Take time and look at all the wonderful promises God makes to you in the Bible and count on them. They are on the way , guaranteed!

2. Be excited that the best is yet to come.

Romans 8:18 (NLT) 18Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

God cares for you and knows that there are difficult times of suffering in this life because of sin’s disastrous effects on the world. He has not left us without a Savior, His Son Jesus Christ. One of the most remarkable principles of the Bible is the glorious hope we share as those who follow Christ. The Bible teaches us that God has a future in store for us that is simply too amazing for us to fathom! We learn that at God’s right hand are pleasures forever more! Paul suffered, but he never let that suffering rob Him of the certain expectation of the wonders that God had in store for him. Suffering hurts for the moment, but eternal joy lasts forever and God says that’s worth the wait.

1. Trust that God’s power is able to work out everything for your good.

Romans 8:28 (NLT) 28And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

One of the most fascinating promises in the Bible is this precious verse, that God works all things to work for the good of His people. All things! Is there anything, no matter how difficult, that is too hard for God to turn around and use for your good? The Bible says no. There is no better example of this than the cross of Calvary. The crucifixion of Jesus is the most horrible and unjust event in human history, yet God who is rich in mercy and awesome in power, turned it around to become the best thing that has ever happened on Earth. Forgiveness of sin and salvation for eternal life is made possible because God caused the cross to work for the good of those who loves Him, Jesus and those who follow Him. Know that God promises to do the same for you today no matter what difficulty you face.

The Key: Every one of these principles to overcome anxiety and fear require a key. The key is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Bibles teaches us that sin corrupted God’s good creation. Every person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) This was disastrous and is the reason for so much pain and hurt today. That’s the bad news. The worst news is that the penalty for sin is death! (Romans 6:23a) The good news is that God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, so that whoever believes He is the Son of God will not perish in eternal condemnation but receive forgiveness of sins. (Romans 5:8; John 3:16) The best news is that Jesus was resurrected 3 days after His death to be exalted the way He deserves to be. Because He lives we know that we who follow Him will receive eternal life as well! The gift of God in Jesus is eternal life! (Romans 6:23b) The Bible says that if we will just call on Jesus we can be saved. (Romans 10:9) Apart from Him, these principles are not going to help you because they will ultimately fall short of your greatest need, a Savior to save you from your sins. If you really want peace, ultimately cast your cares on God and surrender your life to Jesus as Lord and Savior. He cares for you.

For more information about Jesus listen to Dr. Jason teach on The Top Ten Reasons Why I Believe in Jesus.

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