"How to Have Peace" - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - submitted by Dianne Prince
The enemy is shrewd. He unexpectedly brings on anxiety. It comes on as the thought of an event or situation with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can even be brought on by joyful events such as an upcoming marriage; or, it can be brought on by an upcoming negative situation such as an appearance in court. It is the feeling that results from dealing with the unknowns of everyday life and the feelings resulting from the uncertainty of how a circumstance might turn out.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It has some benefits when controlled. However, uncontrolled or excessive anxiety is dangerous and can be detrimental. Excessive anxiety will have a negative affect on your day-to-day living. It is the feeling you wake up with when you have a doctor’s appointment to get a reading from your most recent test results. It is the knot you feel in your stomach when you are about to face an uncomfortable conversation with your manager, your significant other, your friend or acquaintance. It is the feeling you have when you are waiting for a decision on the outcome to an unpleasant event.
Philippians 4:6 is the most powerful scripture to have in your arsenal when fighting anxiety. It has clearly outlined steps to be taken to combat anxiety. It is precise. And it is written in language that we all can understand. If you follow the instructions as outlined in God's Word, you will be victorious over anxiety every time.
God commands us to, “not be anxious for anything”. In other words, do not use your valuable time and energy to fret, to trip, to cry or to worry. Do not get yourself all worked up over the issues of life. Instead of worrying, invest your energy in prayer. We all know how to call on God. If you do not know what to pray for during the onset of anxiety, God tells us to take your worries and turn them into praise. Whatever you are worried about, thank God in advance for answering it, for dealing with it, and for working it out.
Advanced praise for anticipated answered prayer is powerful. It does two things: 1) it replaces your anxiety with faith and 2) it expresses your trust in God. The prayer has not been answered yet, but in faith, you are thanking Him beforehand for deliverance on His promise.
Anxiety is nothing more than worry. It is one of the tactics used by the enemy to steal your joy, kill your peace, and destroy your hope. Worry is a feeling of concern, nervousness, and uneasiness and it goes against the command of God. To combat worry the formula is: 1) Tell God your concern. Write it down if you have to in order to clearly understand what is causing you to worry. 2) Tell God your specific request. 3) Thank Him for how He has come through in the past and for His promise related to your specific circumstance. 4) And, thank Him in advance for coming through for you in this situation.
Follow God’s plan to control worry. Your burden will be lifted and God will be pleased because of your dependence on Him, because of the confidence you express in Him, and because you are being obedient to His word on how to not be anxious.
Today, instead of being anxious, talk to God about your problems and praise Him in advance for fixing them. As you praise Him, He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding.