Monday 21 October 2019

Devotional Tea 37: Faith or Anxiety

Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. (George Muller)
Faith and anxiety cannot dwell together in the same heart. You are either going to trust God, or you are going to handle it yourself with anxiety. With God, you get the benefit of being productive doing the things you actually have control over. Faith leaves the things we have no control over to Him who has control over all things.

Anxiety dwells in the heart of the foolish. They live with the deception they can handle things outside their control. Hence, they labor in futility stressing out over nothing. Such people engage in motion with no movement. Trust in the Lord, and lean not on your own understanding. Trust Him with your life and see Him do great and mighty work in and through you.

Further Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayer: Lord, let me feel my emotions, but follow your commands. (Matt Brown)

Study Series:Devotional Tea 36: Let God In 
Devotional Tea 38: He Deserves It All

Helpful Resources:
You'll Get Through This (Max Lucado)
100 Days of Faith over Fear: Devotional Journal (Lisa Stilwell and Robert J. Morgan)
Live a Praying Life® Without Fear: Let Faith Tame Your Worries (Jennifer Kennedy Dean)

More Thoughts on Faith and Anxiety:

"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." (Oswald Chambers)

"The key to living without fear is not believing that nothing you fear will happen but that nothing will happen apart from God’s intervening grace." (Jennifer Kennedy Dean)

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