Monday, August 19, 2019

Anxiety and Anxiousness

Jesus often reminded His followers not to worry. He told them not to be anxious about tomorrow's needs or potential problems (Matt. 6:25). Rather, Jesus stressed a daily reliance on the Father, who provides for His children day by day.
- Blackaby

There's much going on in the world.  Way too much at times. Evil is rearing its ugly head in countless new ways. Well, at least new to us that is.

We are living in a dying world.  It's not global warming.  It's preparation.
For what?  The return of Christ. 

Jesus promised to return.  He has never broken a single promise. It's all written down in the Bible.  We see what the Bible calls birth pangs.  Surges of things happening.  Both from the Earth and from people.

The Bible also says that when Jesus returns it will be like it was in the days of Noah.  Evil was everywhere back then.

As Scripture has said, so it is becoming.
Soon His Church will be removed or Raptured from the Earth.  The dead in Christ will arise first, then those who are alive who are in Christ will join them in the air.

There's much anxiety in this world. About what to see, what to hear, what to eat, where to go. Who do you believe?

For the Christian, it's only a matter of believing One.  Jesus.  In an uncertain world, there's but one certainty. The love of God for His Children. He told us we would have tribulations and trials in this life.  But to be of good courage and cheer, He has overcome the world.

Satan lost when Christ arose from the dead.  "It is finished" meant that for all time, God won, Satan lost.  All that remains is the fulfillment of Scripture. What was written must take place.

The mind of man is a vast thing.  Yet every single human being is infinitely different. In that infinity there's still a finite number of human beings.  Every single human will be without excuse before Jesus Christ.
Every single human being will bow before Him. Every single person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Anxiety permeates our world.  Thinking we can reduce waste by being 'smarter' in manufacturing. By being 'smarter' in our health.  Yet people are now more overworked and overweight than ever before. Many, from studies taken, are actually fearful of taking time off because of what might happen while they are away! 

Anxiety is also a political weapon.  Playing on the fears of a few to affect the many.

Vying for who will be in control of the world. 

It's been said outright to the world by many US presidents. It's been said by many other governments of the world.

There's a momentum building towards a one world Government.  Largely our U.S. Constitution stands in the way.  Several U.S. presidents and lawmakers have been trying to weaken or remove it.  That's not a conspiracy theory, look it up. Do your research yourself.

I say this not to spur on anxiety but to show that again, Scripture is true.

The Statue in the book of Daniel. The other passages that point to it happening.  A one world Government is coming. It will be against Jesus Christ.  It will persecute Israel and the Church.  Seeing any antisemitism on the rise? See the faith of believers under attack? Trying to force them to change? Trying to shut down their businesses?  Reasons for anxiety are everywhere. 

Yet one thing remains.

Jesus Christ is faithful. 

His peace He brings is not the kind of peace the world offers.

In as much as the world pushes us towards more possessions, more spent on worthless things, simplicity is still the best.

I remember really sitting down and thinking about one of my Grandparents.
In spite of the physical and mental problems of my Grandmother, He stuck to what was simple.  A Garden and His Bible.
We would help with the garden and he would tend to it as well as his walk with God. He would be there for my Grandmother and walk with God.
The day he died, he was found with his Bible.  What a way to go. Gives me chills to think of reading God's Word then being in His presence getting answers right away.

But as I grow older, I am slowly getting it. I am slowly wrapping my head around what's really necessary. 

"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" Philippians 4:11-13

"Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

Seems that the less I have to deal with the more content I am.  Who'd have thought? Obviously, God did from what you just read.

We have had ups and downs financially.  We always go through it physically.
We all experience it emotionally.

Yet God is faithful.  We will get knocked down.  We take deep breaths and get back on our feet.  The race is still on.  We still have miles ahead of us before reaching that finish line where God calls us home.

Satan loves to beat on us when we sin and fall down.  Loves to remind us of our past.  Trying to spur on our anxiety about our standing in Christ. 

Start reminding him of his future.

Start reminding yourself of who you are in Christ, if you are a believer.  Don't let anxiety get a foothold in your life.  You are a child of God. 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6

"Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

Doesn't say He won't give you more to go through in life than you can handle, because our dependence is upon Him.  Says specifically about temptation. 

And remember:

"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


"He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." Revelation 22:20

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