Fighting Fear

“25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.”
Prov. 12:25 (NKJV)
Oh, how easy it is to open the door of our hearts to the dark figure of anxiety? Upon his entrance we are immediately aware of his intentions to rob us of things like hope, peace, rest, and security.  There is an immediate weight of heaviness that gnaws at every fiber of our being.  Weariness seems to overtake us.  Even the simplest of tasks feel as though it takes every ounce of energy we have.  Thoughts begin to creep in like, “What’s the point?”, “I’m not good enough”, and “I just want to give up.”
At the heart of anxiety is fear.  Fear is the fuel that anxiety feeds on.  This could be a fear of the unknown, a fear of the future, and a fear of the “what if’s” of life.  But the scripture says that “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7) We would do well to remember that fear, worry, and anxiety do not come from God and should not be entertained.  Jesus also said that, as His followers, we should not worry because our Father in heaven is going to take care of our every need (Matt. 6:34).
So, how do we create a defense against fear, worry, anxiety, and depression?  This Proverb says that “a good word” makes the heart glad.  Well, here is a good word from Philippians 4:6-7 – “6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
 Do you want peace in your life today?  Do you want help for life’s problems?  Then bring your cares to God and receive the peace He has for you today.
“The fear that held us now gives way
To Him who is our peace
His final breath upon the cross
Is now alive in me”

-Song “Resurrecting”
May your heart know and rest in the peace of God and may your anxiety flee as you remember the assurance provided to you in Christ Jesus.

Anchored in Christ,
Aaron R. Force
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