Scriptural principles to kick worry and anxiety to the curb before they even set in.
We live in an increasingly fast pace society. Everyone is in a rush. We rush so much that at times we even forget to take a break and enjoy all that has been prepared for us by our saviour.
The bible is very clear about how Christians should live. If we live accordingly, then anxiety depression, and worry might not see us.
One might say well it’s not that simple because the above mentioned are deep issues which have been plaguing people for years. Yes, that might be true but it doesn’t change the fact that putting biblical principles in place can save us a lot of pain and disappointment.
Here are some biblical principles to live above circumstances and take care of our mind.
- Put your trust in God and not human beings- humans will always lack the capacity to deliver, that is just how it is so we can’t put our hope there. Jeremiah 17: 5-8 says it better than I do.
Thus, says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes. But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness. In a salt land, which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
We can clearly see the difference between those who put their trust in the Lord and those who put their trust elsewhere. The cause of most worry in life is when trial comes. Jeremiah, has it here it as heat. “The heat” of life is inevitable so if we keep yielding to them instead of standing firm and saying “I will trust in my God don’t matter what,” then we are heading for destination disaster.
2. Instead of being anxious, stressed and worried, just ask the lord in prayer and believe that what you ask for will be done- We always say that a problem shared is a problem half. Go ahead, just ask the Lord in prayer. Who better to share our problems with than our saviour? Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” I just want to remind you that, that was Jesus speaking in that verse.
3. Having a joyful disposition- You mess up the devil’s plans when you are joyful. He does not understand such trait because he is a just a miserable thief. Joy is the opposite of fear. Even looking at the body’s chemistry, our body loves it when we are joyful as we secret happy hormones. The bible’s take on this in Proverbs 17:22 is
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” What is a broken spirit? It is a spirit of fear, worries and hopelessness. These are the condition for one to get depressed, anxious and stressed.
4. Be humble and cast all your fears on God-When fear and anxiety comes in don’t dwell on them but immediately cast them down and lay them at the feet of God to deal with them. We can only trust God to take our burdens if we are humble, because only the humble can submit themselves. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says,
“ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.”
5. Never forget that God has given us all we need to escape the corruption of this world we are in- Jesus told us that He has come to give us life and life more abundantly. He did not give His life for nothing. He saw beforehand that the devil will be looking for who to defeat so He sets us up good with a way of escape. Depression, stress, worry and anxiety is among what He has died to set us free from. When we bask in them it is tantamount to nailing Christ on the cross again.
My point here is that, because we have been given all we need to live abundantly we must access it and use it. 2 Peter 1:3-4 says,
“As His divine power, has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Worry, anxiety, stress and deperesive situation will always knock at the door. They may have already entered the house for some, but you don’t have to accept them and live with them,because God’s principles are more than enough to get us out or even prevent them from finding us in the first place.
As always, I would love to hear from you. Why not leave a comment?
May you be refreshed in your body, spirit and soul today.
Kerrian N. Adebanjo