Anxiety has become so common today that most people don’t give it a second thought. To them, it’s as normal as eating and sleeping. But the truth is, anxiety is a deadly poison. It wreaks havoc physically, mentally, emotionally, and in every other way. And in the spiritual realm, it keeps Christians from moving forward in the awesome plan God has for their lives. Rather than step out in faith, they stay trapped in the grip of anxiety and worry over where tomorrow might lead. Let me put your mind at ease. You WILL have trials and tribulations. The Scriptures promise it. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, KJV 1900) But we also have His promise that He has overcome the world. What does that mean for us?
The good news is that Jesus has overcome the world, which includes anything that might be causing your anxiety. He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27, KJV 1900). And in the epistle Paul wrote to the Philippians, he gave specific instructions regarding how to deal with anxiety. He said, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:6–7, KJV 1900).
When feelings of anxiety try to invade your mind, the first step should be prayer and supplication. The term 'supplication' means ‘to make known one’s need or request’. Pray about your particular situation. Don’t be vague. And don’t forget the part about thanksgiving. Thank Him for the solution to the problem. Once you’ve done that, allow the peace of God to keep your heart. And as you go about your daily routine, continue to meditate on Scriptures. Read them out loud, memorize them, say them over and over. Do whatever it takes to keep them in the front of your mind. If you do that, you’ll find that the feelings of anxiety will be replaced by the peace of God.