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Stepping Stones: Imagine World Without Anxiety

Stepping Stones: Imagine World Without Anxiety
September 7, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
As an athlete, nervousness/anxiety about a future opponent…or while in a game, anxiety or fear in tense situations about the outcome…were common. Then my coach calms me, telling me everything will work out if I follow his strategy. He’s been there before, knows my opponent, knows what they will do, knows what me and our team can do, cares about me and is invested in my performance, and has prepared us specifically to face this opponent. Anxiety, worry and apprehension result from envisioning future events without God, our perfect coach. We might acknowledge He is our coach, but if we’re anxious, we aren’t really believing and following His coaching. He knows us, our opponent-Satan and Satan’s strategies, knows what the future holds, and loves us so much that He gave His son to secure our ultimate future. In any situation, if you turn your thoughts toward God as the perfect coach, trust His instructions, peace will squelch anxiety, you will think much more positively.
Today, when thinking about the future, anxieties sprout up like mushrooms. And the moment you begin to become anxious, remember the promise of God’s continual presence as your perfect coach. Make your thoughts a dialog with Him, listening to Him and His instruction, then adjust your view of your future accordingly to bring hope and assurance. Click here to share a situation where turning to God helped reduce anxiety or times where that is difficult…or other related thoughts.

Prayer
Dear Father God,
I come to You my Lord with a thankful heart. I thank You for the holy scripture which gives me hope and guidance. I confess Father that I spent too much time worrying about the future. I confess to trying to be god of my fantasies. Help me realize Lord the reality that Your presence with me, now and forever, outshines any fantasy I could ever imagine. Help me Lord to place you in any future scenarios that enter my mind. It is facing the future without You and Your perfect coaching that creates anxiety within me. I pray Father that You will also lead me to others who suffer daily with anxiety and fear. Use me Lord to remind those in need of Your continual presence for those who believe. I pray in Jesus’ holy name, and all God’s people said – AMEN!

The Truth
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Luke 12:22-26

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous 13 years ago

    I would like to see my anxieties as a strength. I like the model of a coach who knows what is up ahead, so I don't need to anticipate and project difficulties. I have athsma and after 20+ years of running, I believe God has showed me how to turn athsma into a strength. When I run, I breathe at half the breathing rate of most people. By slowing my breathing down, and taking the longest, strongest, and ultimately the loudest, exhale possible, I can prevent an athsma attack.

    It is disconcerting to other people to hear me breathe because they become concerned that I will pass out, and I don't have the breath to explain a little physiology to them that I am invoking my parasympathetic nervous system and all is ok.

    So in order to prevent my anxiety from taking over I can ask God to slow my thinking down and invite his presence as much as possible. I definitely can draw strength from the comfort that God has gone ahead of me and He would never allow a situation in my life that I cannot handle.

  2. Anonymous 13 years ago

    I see homeless people. I see people who are starving. How can I not be anxious when I see such misery all around me? I see good things too. So how can I not worry about losing a job? Or, getting Cancer… I believe there is a God but, I sure as heck don't get what he is doing.
    I am sure he has a good reason for what he does but how can you not worry?

  3. Anonymous 13 years ago

    If God never gives us anything we can't handle then why do people have nervous breakdowns?

  4. Anonymous 13 years ago

    people are equipped to handle them, but choose to address the issue in a different way. just like paying a bill. most are equipped to pay it, but they have to choose to pay it. some choose not to pay even though they have the resources to pay. i give my daughter a math problem that is within her skills. she can choose to apply those skills or resort to her old way of solving problems and get the wrong answer.

  5. Anonymous 13 years ago

    there is a difference between concern and worry. we should be concerned about many things. see Stepping Stones for aug 20. it is really helpful.

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