Just a short while ago, My wife and I were on a road trip, We had been driving for 10 hours, with still 2 more to go.
While we were driving, I started thinking about work, Mostly the work I wasn’t able to do that day, because we had a 12 hour drive. These thoughts started to torment me, before I knew it I had lost my appetite, and was anxiously thinking about everything I still needed to get done during the week. As my thoughts were racing my wife could tell that I was uneasy, not knowing if it was from being in the car for so long, or what it was, she told me “You should just sing, that’s what I like to do when i’m driving for a while”
Of course the wonderful, sincere, caring, listing husband that I am, I decided to absolutely not sing.
I thought this was a silly solution, and too simplistic. About an hour or so later while we were driving, I happen to find myself quietly singing to myself a song that was stuck in my head from church on Sunday “Strength will rise as you wait upon the Lord”
to my surprise,I felt all the anxiety leaving me, I was overcome with peace, and found myself slowly singing louder and more confidently until I was completely free of anxiety in that moment. I told my wife “wow, that singing thing really worked, I feel a lot better” my wife so lovingly and graciously look at me and said “I knew you would be, Im not sure why you didn’t believe me?”
It Couldn’t Be This Simple….right?
Of course the reason I didn’t listen to my wife was because “It couldn’t be that simple right?” Just give thanks? just sing worship to the Lord? surely I need to fast, or pray, or bind and lose and shout and command, but no! Just give thanks.
Immediately I was reminded of a verse that the Holy Spirit had been speaking to me the weeks before.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 4:6-7
This verse gives incredible insight into the Bible way of overcoming anxiety, and it couldn’t be any easier.
Make Time to Pray
The first thing that Philippians tells us is not to be anxious. Now you might read that and think “Gee, if I could do that, i wouldn’t be reading this! I would just not be anxious!”
And that is true, but! The Bible gives us a few simple things, the first is to pray.
If you are ever feeling anxious, the first thing you should do is pray! Pray over what your anxious about, Pray over whatever it is that’s bothering you, and you will begin to discover peace as you pray. When you begin to find that peace, Follow it in your prayers
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” -Colossians 3:15
When the peace of God finds rule in your heart through prayer, follow that peace in prayer and continue in it
One of the key things Philippians let’s us know, is that our prayer is to be done in thankfulness.
No matter what situation you may be dealing with if you are feeling anxious about it, you can always find something to be thankful for in the midst of it.
Thank Jesus that He died for you and gave you life, thank Him that your breathing today, thank Him that your privileged enough to have a device to be able to read this blog on, and the list goes on and on.
If your in a situation where you are overwhelmed by things that need to be done, thank Him that He blesses al the work of your hands!
Thankfulness As A Mindset
A lot of times when Christians begin to feel any type of emotional turmoil, they immediately think the devil must be attacking them, and the immediately go to fighting the devil and waging war in the spirit.
Though the devil certainly can attack, most of the time, it’s not a spiritual issue. Now if you are living in sin and giving the devil access to your life, than that’s another story. But the way to resolve that issue is to repent, not to wage war in the spirit.
Warfare has already been waged in the spirit, and the devil has already been defeated 2,000 years ago in the cross. Jesus said it is finished, not it is finished but now you will have to wage war against the devil in the spirit
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” – Colossians 2:15
The devil has already been defeated, so as long as you don’t give him access to your life through sin, then really, The devil is a non issue.
Most of the time believers make spiritual assumptions about natural things.
Sometimes you may just be tired because you only slept for 4 or 5 hours, sometimes specific situations, especially if it’s new and unknown can cause emotional feelings. There are many natural and situational reasons that can cause your emotions to start feeling off, or anxious.
But, most of the time, the root of this is a lack of thankfulness.
Some people when they are offered a new position or a new job, if they are anxious about it, it’s usually because they are only thinking about all the “what if’s”, “what if i’m not qualified, what if I can’t get it all done by the dead line, what if this person doesn’t like me” and so on.
You will always feel anxious about new situations if you allow your mind to wonder on the negative “what if’s”
instead, as Philippians says, you have to be thankful!
“Thank you God that you give me the wisdom to deal with this situation, Thank you that you help me get everything done by the deadline, thank you that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
When you begin to thank God for who He is and what he has promised in His word, as you thank Him, faith will begin to rise up in your heart, expectancy for Him to come through for you will overtake your situation, and peace will continue to have its rule in your heart!
When the peace comes that guards your heart and mind, follow that peace wherever it leads you. As you begin to pray and give thanks to God, that peace will come. And when the Prince of Peace comes, follow Him in your innermost being with all of your “prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” And you will always remain in His peace
If you begin to feel anxious again, just focus your mind on Him, thank about the Prince of Peace and all that His word says, reign your thinking back into Him, and you will continue in peace.
anxiety dissipates, and peace permeates when you fix your mind on Him with thankfulness.
My Prayer For You
Father in Jesus name, I pray for whoever may be reading this, that they may find peace by focusing on you with a thankful heart, and that you would lead them and keep them in that peace, in Jesus name.