One of my favorite stories is the Pilgrim’s Progress written by John Bunyan. It is the story of
a Christian leaving the city of destruction in search of salvation, which is found only in the celestial
city of heaven. It is an allegory depicting the Christian life.
There is one scene in the story, where Christian & Hopeful, as they were on their journey became rough and hard under their feet. They then noticed that there was another path on the other side of the fence, more pleasant, more grass, fewer holes, and they decided to jump over the fence and walk on that path because it seemed like it was parallel and was going to the
Well, a storm arose, and they got disoriented and they found out that the path was not going to
the celestial city but to a destructive area. They then decided to take shelter and fell asleep. They
were then awakened by a giant called despair and he got a hold of them, took them to the doubting
castle and locked them up in a dungeon.
You may be one of those that are saying, “I’ve been there.” because it is so vivid as you
remember the cold hand of despair upon your shoulder. You may have had this grander of a plan, you know,
that all seemed good and alright, and worked out perfectly. But then a storm hits your life and you
need to take shelter.
It may be the storm of financial crisis, relational turmoil, family issues, the direction in work, or discerning God’s will. Whatever the case, it seems as if this giant of despair has taken you over and dragged you to the castle of doubt to be imprisoned.
So how can we continue on with faith in our life when we feel anxiety -when things seem uncertain? What are some ways to trust in our God in the midst of any storm we might be experiencing?
Here are three secrets to battling against anxiety according to
1. Worry about Nothing
We overcome worry by not giving into worry.
Worry comes when we turn from God, and shift the burdens of life to our self
and assume the attitude and actions that indicate we alone are responsible for handling our own problems. God never
intended us to do this on our own. It was never in his plan for us to do life alone.
2. Pray about Everything
How else do we overcome worry? We overcome worry by, praying to God in everything. We
conquer worry by taking everything into the Lord in prayer. Praying about everything is in contrast to worrying about nothing. That’s the reason we have theword, BUT at the beginning of verse 6. IN EVERYTHING.
I love the classic hymn called, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
What a friend we have in Jesus.
All our sins and griefs to bear,
What a privilege that carries
Everything to God in prayer.
Oh, what peace we so often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we do not care,
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.
Is there something in your life that is causing you anxiety? Sometimes
the things that trouble us most, we keep to ourselves. we talk to God the LEAST about it.
Have a little talk with Jesus.
3. Peace will Protect You
We overcome worry as we anticipate the peace of God.
A preacher once said, “Long before a ruffled of angel’s wings, before the hush of eternity, from all eternity, the being of God was marked by indescribable, ineffable peace. Father, son, and Holy Spirit in Triune glory has been characterized from all eternity by peace!”
Jesus may not change your circumstance, but he will give you peace, just as he promised.
So Cast Your Anxiety on Jesus!
What I have found in the past 10 years or so stepping into ministry, is that my anxiety is often birthed
out of my own personal lack of faith in Jesus and his ability to give me peace in all circumstances. As a result, my unbelief gets the upper hand in my heart. Much anxiety, Jesus says, comes from little faith.
Have faith in Jesus!