#1 Command in the Bible!

Recently, my family needed to relocate to a new house and to say that the whole process has been filled with anxiety is an understatement. Anxiety is a big part of our culture because we live in a fallen world.

Time Magazine took a whole edition in 2002 to help people “Understand Anxiety” and the stats suggest that 50% of Australians have anxiety related problems and anxiety is among the top ten leading causes of disease burden in Australia.

Anxiety is anticipating the future in the worst possible way and freaking out about it. Many of us wear ourselves out worrying about impending doom that rarely happens. Anxiety is closely connected to fear which has been described as False Expectation Appearing Real. In reality, 90% of what we worry about never happens. The root meaning for the word ‘worry’ means to strangle. Worry strangles the life out of you emotionally, spiritually and physically. The biblical word ‘anxious’ in Philippians 4:6-7 means to be torn apart. It’s what happens when our thoughts and feelings pull us in different directions.

Rather than only embracing the secular view of treatment in the natural, read your bible for God’s view on responding to fear, worry and anxiety. Whilst the Great Commandment sums up the law and the prophets, “Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matt 22:37-40), there is another commandment that is repeated from Genesis to Revelation.

God repeatedly says to us, “Fear Not, for I am with you.” Fear in the mind leads to anxiety in the body. Jesus says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” From Adam to us we are invited and commanded to fear not. Not because we have the capacity in ourselves but because God is with us.

Who is it that you fear? Who is it that you are seeking approval from? What is it that you are worrying about right now? What intimidates you? Jesus last words before ascending to the Father are, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20)

Pastors, you can feel like you are doing ministry on your own and that God has forgotten about you. Parent, you can be all anxious and worried about what is happening with your kids. Whoever you are and whatever you are facing, fear not because God is with you!

Grace!

2 comments

  1. Its amazing how easy it is to sit in our boats like the 11 disciples and not get out in faith like Peter to see what God will/can do. Once Peter took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink until he reached out his hand for help and Jesus pulled him up and when they got into the boat, Jesus told the 11 ‘ye of little faith’. As a widow, the only person I turn to first, is God before turning to humans. I am getting my house ready for selling to move interstate. I don’t have the commission money to sell nor the stamp duty to buy but God is far bigger, all powerful than my problems and He owns everything. All I have to do is my part and He will do His part. I have already committed everything into His hands and when the time come for the ‘cloud’ to move, I will move. The foundation of my life since being a widow, is built on the scripture ‘With God ALL things are possible’. I love it when faith is put to the test because I love to see what God will do. The Bible does say ‘without faith it is hard to please God’, and I want to please Him. May be that is why the Gift of Faith dominates my life.

    God will supply all our needs, we can’t see things in the natural, we must see things in the spiritual. He also says that we are not to worry about tomorrow. When we ask God to cover everything in His blood and for the mouth to speak for us, amazing things do happen. There is power in the blood, we don’t see the mouth, we can’t hear it speak but boy, the mouth of the blood does miracles on our behalf that leads you speachless.

    I love the story of David and Goliath. Here is Goliath who is mouthing the God of Israel day and night, Saul tried to put his armour on David, but David says ‘I can’t wear this’. We are all born an original and God has given our own armour to wear, we can’t wear someone else’s armour. Three things David did standing before Goliath. 1. He prophesy over the problem, 2. He brought God into the middle of the situation; 3. He cut the head off Goliath.

    When we are faced with Goliath we need to put on spiritual glasses and prophesy, we need to ask God to be the centre and for Him to reign in our life and last we need to cut the vocal cords off and silent Goliath. I refuse to allow Goliath to live in my house.

    Corey, I believe that God has a house for you and Simone and the children, let Goliath dictate to you what is not true. Am praying for you and your family. God bless you.

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