1 Peter 5:6 (ESV) "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."Anxiety is all the things that you care about from the KJV of verse 7. If we didn't care, we wouldn't be anxious about anything! Some anxiety is normal because we're human. This same scripture indicates that you are not the only one with anxiety, even your Christian brothers throughout the world are!
Anxiety, from a psychological perspective, is to worry about the future, and fear in reacting to current events. Worry is the cause of anxiety, and fear is the result.
Psalm 56:3 (ESV) When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; 4 I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?"The key to life is to trust in God to defeat fear. He is the protector of your soul, and the things of the flesh are insignificant to that. As an example, what is the most important thing in anyone's life? For the person to live eternally. No one wants to die, and be dead forever. Therefore, our hope is on Jesus. Anything or anyone less is of little consequence compared to that! We worry about things which God takes care of:
Matthew 6:25a (ESV) “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life..."We want things to go our way because we focus on ourselves more than God. If you fear what you don't have, that is God's will. For some obscure reason, it's in your best interests. When the time comes, God will provide. We must not doubt, because if we trust in him, he will comfort us!
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. He is there in times of anxiety. We must allow him to comfort us. That happens best when our minds are not on ourselves, but humbled instead. Verse 10 says:
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."That worry and fear that we have, after some suffering, God will restore us to health. You see, anxiety is not a psychological problem at all; it's a spiritual problem. We think about ourselves, but when we begin to focus on others, God strengthens us! Nothing is to hard for God if we trust him for it.
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