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Thursday, January 26, 2012

How to Deal With Anxiety and Worry



What good is life without living? That is what anxiety and worry does to you. It stops you from living a fulfilled life. You keep wondering about things that you have no control over. What good will it do to worry about such things? It will only bring you sadness and cause you to be stressful and depressed. Then what? You get tired of life and you just give up or even end your own life. Is it worth it in the end? There are things that we can control in life and there are things that we just simply cannot control and we should not worry about these things.
Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore, do not worry, saying what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear? For after all these things the gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The bible tells us not to worry. God is our provider and He can give you all that you need. The earth and everything in it is His. If you will only give Him your life and let Him guide you then He will be more than happy to be your Father and He will provide for all your needs and you will not have to worry anymore.
Martha and Mary were sisters of Lazarus, the same who was brought back to life by Jesus after being dead and buried four days. They were having a feast to celebrate Lazarus' resurrection and Martha was helping the servants to serve the guests and was directing the feast from the kitchen. Mary was sitting at Jesus' feet at that time and so Martha became angry with her. She felt as if she had been left to do everything alone. So she came to Jesus and asked Him to tell Mary to come and help her in the kitchen. But listen to what Jesus said to her,
Luke 10:41 - "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
First of all, He told Martha that she was worried and troubled about many things. This is true for us also today. We are always worried and troubled about many things in life; especially now with all the recession going on around the world and people losing their jobs. Some do not know how to handle all their worries and anxieties so they commit suicide, others begin a life of alcohol and drugs to try and drown their sorrows and fears. This world will always bring you anxiety and worries. Jesus says, do not worry about anything. There is no point in us worrying ourselves to death with the things that we cannot control. That is what He was telling Martha.
Secondly, He said to her that Mary had chosen the good thing and it will not be taken away from her. What is the good thing? It is the presence and love of Christ in our lives. You receive the good thing when you invite Jesus into your heart. You become His child from that day on and no one will be able to take that away from you. Nobody will snatch you out of the hand of God. He will provide for you and you will not lack anything. You will want to stay at Jesus' feet like Mary, for you will have found the good thing, which is the only thing that is needed. You will have your very own eureka moment.
Jesus can give you peace of mind. Worry not about the things you cannot change or have, be content with what you have and change what you can and leave the rest to God. He will be the one to supply all your needs. You simply remain in Him and trust in Him and walk according to His statutes and He will open the floodgates of heaven and bless you abundantly.
Philippians 4:19 - And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Jesus wants to give you the best of the best in everything. Have you ever seen how royalty dress up and what they eat? Do you think that you will see a royal person begging for anything? Do you think they ever worry about what to eat or drink or what to wear? Of course they don't. So why do you have to worry then? You are the child of the King so that makes you royalty also. Your father owns everything. All you have to do is come to Him and ask. He will not give you a stone when you ask for bread and He will certainly not give you a snake when you ask for fish.
Matthew 7:9-11 -What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
If you ask God for the good thing He will certainly give it you. That is exactly what Mary was asking for and she got it. Martha did not get it because she did not ask so she was worried and troubled. She was weary and heavy laden and she was carrying all her burdens alone instead of giving it all to Jesus. If she had, she would have found rest for her soul just as Mary found it.
Matthew 11:28-30 -Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Do not let the world and its worries drag you down with it, beloved. Do not be like Martha. Take up the yoke of Jesus and learn from Him. Cast all your cares and worries upon Him. Be like Mary. Let Him take care of your needs and wants. Do not stress yourself out with anxieties and worries. Jesus is waiting for you to give it all to Him. He can carry it, you can't. Surrender all to Him and let Him set you free from your burdens.
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