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Dealing with Anxiety

Emotions have a big effect on our lives. Many times we're so filled with emotions that we become anxious. However, GOD provided emotions so we can enjoy life and relate to other people. When we allow our emotions to control us, we're more likely to harm others, especially through anger.

Anxiety, nonetheless, is not a sin. However, the Lord wants us to be in peace. Living in constant dread is not a good life to live. Life can bring uncertainty, and many people don't understand how to control their emotions when hard times come.

What is anxiety? This word in the New Testament means "to be distracted or pulled apart." So, then, this would be the opposite of peace. Anxiety means to be in dread, uncertainty, or apprehension. It can be caused by past, present, or future events or possibilities. Anxiety can be a fear of not being in control (over a certain situation or even a person).

Anxiety can steal our joy, and has a negative effect over every area of our lives. One of the reasons is because it divides our minds in to two different directions, making it difficult to focus on important matters. It also decreases our productivity, because we're distracted with worry that we can't give anything else our best effort.

Anxiety is hard to keep to yourself. When we're filled with anxiety/fear, we place a burden on the people around us. It's impossible for us to be anxious and peaceful at one time. Therefore, let this exhausting syndrome called anxiety out of your life, and start focusing on GOD's peace and will for your life that you can find in His Word.

Sources of Anxiety

There are many sources of anxiety,but realize that GOD is not the creator of anxiety and that it shouldn't fit within our identity in Christ. We're commanded to trust GOD, according to Matthew 6:25-26.

Resolving Anxiety

In order to truly resolve anxiety,you need to get to the root of the problem. Money is one of the biggest anxieties that plague people, especially in their bright ideas for success or in their marriage. If you take the emphasis and worry off of money, and start focusing on just getting the work done and moving forward with your goals - the anxiety will leave you. There are other root problems that people need to discover and rid themselves from.

Much of the solution can be found in Philippians 4:4-7:

To truly be free, give up all of your worries and fears to the Lord, and He will help you. Sometimes the burden is too heavy to carry, but there is peace in everything if you go searching for it.

Scriptural references

Philippians 4:4-7
Matthew 6:25-34
John 14:1
John 14:27
Acts 18:9-10