Do you know the most ignored command of Christ? Don’t care, or in other words, don’t worry.
And do you know which command of God sounds in the Scripture more often than others? “Don’t be afraid!»
The Bible tells us not to worry and not to be afraid, but one look at our society is enough to see how seriously we take these commands.
Although, in principle, everything is clear. After all, it is easier to say that you should not worry, than, in fact, not worry. We all worry about something: relationships, money, health, the future. We worry about work, responsibility, and difficult decisions.
We can call our worries by different names, but they are all synonymous with the word fear.
We have a lot of fears. We are afraid of making mistakes in our decision – making, of being unknown, of being unable to change our character. And when we run out of legal grounds for fear, we invent an additional list. It seems that our brain is a fear-producing factory, where elves work tirelessly day and night. We are engaged in mass production of anxiety. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year, 70-80 years so.
Fear without a reason
Time after time, God tells us not to be afraid. He tells us not to worry. Not just “if there is no good reason not to worry, or if it makes you feel better, then…”, but not to worry at all.
And to help us fulfill our commands, God tells us how to stop being afraid. In the 12th Chapter of the gospel of Luke, Jesus urges us to trust Him: “Look at the ravens: they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?» And in the first Epistle of Peter, the Apostle urges us to put all our cares on God, to give everything to Him.
Many of us cannot shake the feeling that giving our concerns to Christ is an almost impossible task. We simply cannot fulfill this command of Christ. Well, maybe it’s time to ask your friends or even psychologists to help you? There is nothing wrong with admitting your powerlessness in the face of daily fears and worries. This battle does not have to be fought alone. The sooner you understand this, the sooner you will be freed from the painful yoke of worry.
One who has learned to live without fear has truly known God. For only such a person can honestly say that in His life everything is controlled by God, who cares for His child and is able to be above all circumstances.
Response to anxiety
Not a day goes by in Church that we don’t talk about faith.
Faith and doubt are inseparable companions in our sermons. But doubt is not the opposite of faith. Not really. The opposite of faith is fear. This is why we hear so often in the Bible, ” do not be afraid!»
We don’t have to be afraid, because God loves us. He promised to take care of us. He made no promises about the absence of pain in our lives. But we have a promise that He will come back and take our pain away from us.
How do I stop worrying? It is time for us to arm ourselves with an understanding of God’s essence.
1. Arm yourself with an understanding of the essence of God
Is God good? Is he omnipotent? Does he love you? Will He take care of you? If your answers to these questions are “Yes”, then you have almost no reason to worry. We can only trust God.
We are afraid because we want to know everything in advance, we want to keep everything in our hands. But God knows everything in advance. God holds everything in his own hands. And we trust Him. We overcome our fears by knowing that God is good and will take care of us. Lay all your worries at His feet and leave them there. How do I do this? Pray. When a small child is afraid of something, what does it do? Runs to his parents. This is the most effective way to deal with your fears. If something bothers you, pray.
3. Think about your defender.
Our relationship with God strongly influences our perception of the world. All these worries about food, clothing, public opinion, and money become unnecessary. We contrast them with the certainty that our Almighty reigns over all of this.
4. Think of Jesus.
Remember what Jesus had to endure for you. Being sinless, He suffered punishment for all sinners. He was suffering. He died on the cross. He took all our crimes On himself. If He went through all this for you, do you really believe that at some point He will suddenly leave You?
5. Know who you are.
You belong to God. You Are His. You are His child. If you keep this in mind, your life’s fears will have nothing to cling to in your heart. Fears thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Be sure of Christ.
Stop constantly thinking “what if?”. You can spend your entire life miscalculating all sorts of possibilities and impossibilities. And while you are doing this, you will simply not have time to think about what you can really influence your life.
Talk to your friends, if necessary – even to psychologists-about your experiences. With their help, you will succeed.
Worrying will not save you from the inevitabilities of tomorrow. But they can deprive you of the joy of today. Think of the story of Mary and Martha in the gospel of Luke 10. Mary is sitting at the feet of Christ. Marfa worries about a lot of things. And Jesus tells us not to worry. He wants us to live a full life. Our fears and worries are stealing our right to live like this. Our attention is distracted by fears. To overcome them, you must focus all your attention on Christ. And then fears will become an invisible background of God-filled life.