Yesterday, I got a text from someone and they had to go to the emergency room to get checked out. I had a choice. Even with all this fasting I’m doing, I do see that everyday is a choice. To listen; to worry; to surrender; to trust, to run scared, to be paranoid…. the lines between faith and fear seem like they are super easy to cross. Well- let me rephrase that: it’s easy to step from faith to fear and doesn’t feel as easy to reverse those steps. Why??
Philippians 4:66 Do not be anxious about anything,(A) but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
So last week during my 3 1/2 day fast, I felt like one thing I really learned was how easy it is to slide from faith to fear. Sometimes it felt like slides and other times like diving into fear. When I was successful, through the help of the Holy Spirit, guess what happened???
But/ we are specifically instructed NOT to be anxious about… ANYTHING! I mean what!!
Philippians 4:7 (NIV)And the peace of God,(A) which transcends all understanding,(B) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So yesterday while working, I had an opportunity to take what I am learning and live it out- it wasn’t easy but it was not impossible either… see are going to have things come up that stir up that fear. Once we start acting out in fear; that anxiety just clings right inside out head and keeps us focused….
Focus on what?
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things
Just focus on God’s promises for me and for my family. Focusing on what I want to see happened, spending time in thanks to God for all He is doing…. that is what I did and let me tell you- it was PEACEful! Still- the enemy tries to come distract me with all the hypothetical scenarios of what if/ especially after I used Google to search out possible reasons. But again and again and again; I refocused my brain back to Him. Back to the Angels and Holy Spirit working on our behalf. His love is so amazing; so inspiring and beautiful… I enjoy just basking in His love… His peace is priceless!! Soaking in all things Him- love, peace, joy, hope… so beautiful!
The prayer request was answered and I didn’t give into anxiety or fear. Thank you God, Holy Spirit, Jesus and Angels for answering my prayers and being there for me!!!
How do you handle anxiety and fear? What are the areas you find most challenging??