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Overcoming anxiety

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:24-27

With the events and uncertainties happening around it is easy to be overcome by anxiety. This resulted in the rise of using substances to alleviate fear. But the more people resort to take such action, the more they become weaken. All the more the pressure is heightened that the tendency is to go deeper in frustration and depression. The source of pressure could include problems in work, family, health, children, emotional matters or any of a host of possible issues. Everyone seemed to be facing something and the feeling is that nobody cares. Have you come to a point in your life where you think that God cannot do anything about your situation? Do you feel that you have already prayed to God so many times yet He seemed to be not responding? If you feel this way, you have allowed the power of your circumstances to get bigger than the power of God that you begin to think He has no capacity to intervene. You have allowed yourself to be convinced by the world’s mindset that God is limited in His ability to help. When Jesus sensed that His disciples have felt this way, He reminded them of their heavenly Father who always takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the filed. His contention is that if the Father provides them care so they could flourish all the more He will be there for His children. He created them in His image so He can deal with their situation. When God found you and you allowed Him to be your Lord and Savior, He has you in His mind. “In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10). The question Jesus asked His disciples is the same question that we need to ponder, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Worry is all about where you place your attention and trust. When you allow God to take the primacy in your life, your perspective regarding your circumstances will drastically change and your anxiety will start to diminish. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7).


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