4. Realize God Has Not Given You a Spirit of Fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. – 2 Timothy 1:7
What a great reminder that God does not want us to be stuck in worry. Those nagging thoughts are not God’s gift to us.
The more we feel connected to God, the more we will feel power, love, and sound judgment. The further away we are, the higher our anxieties.
We have to choose continually whether we want to hold on to God...or on to our worries. We will always have to choose. But thank God, this choice is fairly easy to make (although hard and worthwhile work to uphold).
Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? – Matthew 6:26
This is by far my favorite verse in scripture. A friend of mine (who doesn’t suffer from anxiety) mentioned that animals live on instinct. They don’t worry about where they will find food and shelter, they just act.
Think about this, animals hunt daily for their next meal. Daily. Animals are always on the lookout for predators, but they are living by instinct, not worry.
Knowing that God takes care of every animal, from the eagle to the roach, makes me think that God is looking out for all of his creations, including you and me, and all the loved ones and others we tend to worry about.
When life gets rough, and it will, I know that God is still in control, the same way he is for the animals. And he cares about each of us much more.
This applies to you and whatever ordeal you are facing now or later. God knows. God cares. If he is taking care of that bird that lives in the tree outside your home, every single day, why would he not take care of you?
Maybe he doesn’t act when we want, or how, but act he will.
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