THERE IT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, WRITTEN IN RED. And I got to thinking, yes, there have been times when for no apparent reason a sudden panic attack hit me. Anxiety & Fear! Scared! Why?
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (kjv)
If God didn’t give me this uneasy, “squeegy” feeling, who did? “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Again, this came on me for no apparent reason!
Printed in some Bibles, when Jesus speaks it’s WRITTEN IN RED. In just 10 verses of Matthew 6:25-34 the word anxious is used by Jesus 6 times. What was his antidote for anxiety?
A. Know who God is.
B. Go out somewhere, sit down and look at the birds.
C. Don’t look in the mirror because you’ll probably find something you don’t like.
D. While you’re out looking at the birds, find a flower to look at. Not even movie stars and models have such beauty, besides too many of them are insecure and nuts.
E. Jesus is saying, take a deep breath and relax – smell the flower.
F. Why be preoccupied with getting when you could respond by giving … and not be anxious?
G. Trust God because HE is doing some amazing things in your life right now; praise him, tell him you love him, worship him and all of a sudden, your anxiety is gone!
The Psalmist wrote:
“I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody [or some thing] beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I COME TO YOU IN TRUST. I’m proud to PRAISE GOD; fearless now, I TRUST IN GOD. What can mere mortals do?”
Psalm 56:1-4 (msg)
BTW, when you talk to God, thank him. Relax, your NEW YEAR is WRITTEN IN RED!
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.”
Hebrews 10:19-20 (nlt)