Wednesday, November 24, 2021
The Antidote to Fear, Anxiety, and Worry
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV).
Some people say they meditate to find peace. The Bible talks about meditation, but it’s a different kind of meditation than Eastern meditation.
In Eastern meditation, you empty your mind. But in the meditation the Bible speaks of, you fill your mind with the Word of God.
Philippians 4:8 says this: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (NKJV)
And Psalm 1 tells us, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night” (verses 1–2 NLT).
It starts with the mind, which is why we need to think about, ponder, and fill our minds with God’s Word. We need to train our minds to think biblically. So the next time you fly into a panic or you’re worried about something, remind yourself of what the Word of God says. Remind yourself of what is true. Think godly thoughts.
Verses 6–7 of Philippians 4 tell us, “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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (NKJV).
When we face adversity, our natural inclination is to reach out to other people for help. That has its place, of course, but ultimately we must turn to God. So if you don’t want to live in fear, anxiety, and worry, then put your concerns in the hands of God.
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