Victory over Fear & Anxiety
Having experienced the destructive effects of Alzheimer's with my mother, I developed an appreciation for the mind and it's intricacies. She would try to strangle nurses, thinking she was defending the nursing home residents from their attackers. At other times she would think she had been in a plane crash or on a long trip. The sad thing is, though it was totally contrary to what was really going on, it was her "reality".
Our mind can play such tricks on us and when we throw in an adversary who is bent on our destruction, fear can become a major part of our thinking process. You see, in Matthew 8:44 the devil is called the father of lies. His greatest work is accomplished by getting you to believe him, thus bringing you into fear which leads to anxiety. Once you become consumed by fear, worry and anxiety, faith is no longer in the equation and your view of Jesus is obstructed. You begin to feel helpless and hopeless and the destructive thoughts are repeated over and over again in our minds. This then leads to physical pain, sickness insomnia and unfortunately what we have feared can become reality.
There is a way of escape! As those anxious thoughts begin to attack, focus on Jesus! Get into the Bible and find out what He says about you and your situation. Begin to bring His light in and watch it dispel the darkness! Cast your cares on Jesus and trust that He loves you and desires to take care of your problems and greatest fears, then worship Him! You can not be focused on your problems and worship at the same time! As you begin, it will take your eyes off of the situation and onto your deliverer. He will then move on your behalf and give you the peace you need to remove all fear and restore your strength! Seek HIM, pray, study and WORSHIP!!! These are the keys to your VICTORY!!!
Psalm 55:22 (NIV) Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Philippians 4:6-9 (NKJV) 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.Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.