3 things to keep in mind today if you are anxious

1.      You’re not strange or inferior if you struggle with anxiety. 

In the Bible, Esther was anxious when she was called to save the people of Israel, Jacob was anxious when he had to meet again with his brother Esau.  David, the one-time shepherd turned king of Israel also knew anxiety: In Psalm 139 he wrote, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

2.      God has not forgotten you. 

In the Bible, there is a story about a little servant girl named Hagar.  She is in trouble, alone, and ready to give up on life.  Then God shows up with His promise of hope and a future.  She said in response, “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

Remember today that God sees you, He loves you, and He has not forgotten you.  Put your trust in Him and hold on to His promise that he will never give up on you.

3.      Because of Jesus, we can move past our anxiety. 

In Matthew 6 Jesus compels us to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”, and when we do so, the circumstances of our lives will fall into place. We don’t have to be anxious.  Jesus tells us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). 

When life is filled with uncertainty and fear, we can count on God to be faithful and unchanging. In Isaiah God says, “I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Jesus died on the cross for you, that’s how much He cares. No price was too great to purchase your salvation. 

Knowing that God is with you no matter what can release you from fear and anxiety.

- Pastor Mike

 

* I hope you had a chance to join us for our Brainstorm series where we looked at what God has to say about depression, anxiety, insecurity and bitterness! If you missed it, click the button below to watch it now: