Facing Anxiety: Life's Situations

by John Cortright on September 29, 2019
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When life’s situations seem to overwhelm us with worries and fears, God’s Word gives us sound wisdom on what to do and how to be anxious for nothing. Whether it is dealing with anxious thoughts at school, worried about your performance at your job, or having overburdened cares raising children as a stay at home mom, the Bible is filled with clear direction on how to find peace in the midst of uncertainty.

Biblical Wisdom for Facing Anxiety

  • Know whom you serve -- the Lord Jesus.
    Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-24;
    Luke 10:38-42 -- Martha was anxious. Mary listened to the word of Jesus.
    Matthew 6:24 -- You cannot serve two masters.
  • Recognize that anxious thoughts are not helpful.
    Matthew 6:25-27 -- Worry and anxiety do not help. They can’t add an hour to your life. They can’t add an inch to your height. There is nothing noble about being anxious.
  • Don’t compare yourself with or judge others.
    Romans 14:4 -- Don’t judge others at work.
    Matthew 20:1-15 -- The parable of the laborers in the vineyard
    Don’t be jealous of others. Don’t get anxious comparing yourself to others.
  • Be humble.
    Romans 12:3 -- Don’t think of yourself more highly that you ought to think.
    Philippians 2:3-4 -- Do nothing from selfishness. Regard others as more important than yourself.
    1 Peter 5:5-7 -- Clothe yourself with humility. Cast all your cares, your anxiety, on Him.
  • Be thankful -- content.
    1 Timothy 6:6 -- Godliness with contentment is great gain.
    Luke 3:14 -- John told the soldiers to be content with their wages.
    Colossians 3:15 -- Let the peace of God rule in your hearts. Be thankful.
  • Sing.
    Colossians 3:16-17 -- Sing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
    Psalm 30:4-5 -- Return to your joy center.
  • Christ can free you from anxiety.
    Psalm 34:1-4 -- He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
    John 8:31-32, 36 -- The son will make you free indeed.
    Romans 8:15 -- You have not received a spirit of slavery, leading to fear.