by: Dick Cain
Our Scripture Memory verse for the month of March is Philippians 4:6-7:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
According to this passage, the cure for anxiety is two-fold: Seeking the Lord in believing prayer and anchoring our hearts to the promises of God. How does it work?
* When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting or relationship, I battle unbelief with the promise: "Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will help you, I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).
* When I am anxious about my ministry and all appears vain and useless, I fight unbelief with the promise, "So shall my word that goes forth from my mouth; it will not come back to me empty but accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11).
* When I am anxious about not being able to do my job, I battle unbelief with the promise of Christ, "My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9), and "As your days so shall your strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25).
* When I am anxious about the future and decisions I have to make, I battle unbelief with the promise, "I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you" (Psalm 32:8).
* When I am anxious about facing adversaries and being that challenged me, I battle unbelief with the promise, "If God is for us who can be against us!" (Romans 8:31).
* When I am anxious about being sick, I battle unbelief with the promise that " knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Romans 5:3–5).
* When I am anxious about getting old, I battle unbelief with the promise, "even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and I will save" (Isaiah 46:4).
* When I am anxious about dying, I battle unbelief with the promise that "none of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself; if we live we live to the Lord and if we die we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and rose again: that he might be Lord both of the dead and the living" (Romans 14:9–11).
* When I am anxious that I may shipwreck my faith and fall away from the Lord, I battle unbelief with the promise, "He who began a good work in you will complete it unto the day of Christ" (Philippians 1:6). "He who calls you is faithful. He will do it" (1 Thessalonians 5:23). "He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25).
Turn these promises over and over again in your head and heart and talk to the Lord in prayer. You will find your heart becoming less anxious and your faith muscle strengthened.
1 Comments on this post:
Thank you! This is very practical and helpful!