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Give your worries to God

31 January 2024 ‘The peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds.’ Philippians 4:7 NIV

When you feel anxious and afraid, here are two things you should do: 1) Find a ‘faith friend’. When anxiety grabs your mind, one of the most powerful ways to break the worry spiral is to disclose it to a ‘faith friend’. When Israel went out to occupy the promised land, here is what God said to them: ‘Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too’ (Deuteronomy 20:8 NIV). Pessimism, fright, and discouragement are contagious. And so is courage! 2) Take action and face your fear. Sermons about how God will take care of you aren’t in and of themselves sufficient to remove anxiety from your life. You must do certain things, like stepping out in trust. The way to get God’s peace from your head to the rest of your body is to trust Him to the point where you can confront your fears head-on. So, with that in mind, a) meditate on passages like Psalm 23; imagine yourself being shepherded by the Lord through green pastures and led beside still waters, b) talk to your ‘faith friend’ before worry gets a foothold in your mind, c) use a ‘breath prayer’ such as, ‘God, I’m casting all my cares on You,’ d) exercise; physical exercise is one of the best ways to stop excess adrenaline from building up, e) identify your fear and take even one small step towards confronting it, and f) get sufficient rest. David said, ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety’ (Psalm 4:8 NIV). Today, give your worries to God!

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