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Five Helps With Anxiety and Worry

Although life’s struggles create worry or anxiety, know that God speaks to those things. Here are five quick verses God can use to help and encourage you through dark days.

  1. THROW YOUR ANXIETY TO GOD: I Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” Notice that this is not the idea of slowly taking them to God, but casting them on Him – literally throw them to God. Get them to Him as fast as you can!
  2. GOD CARES FOR BIRDS, HE WILL FOR YOU: Have you ever seen a bird starve to death? I haven’t either. That’s the point Matthew makes in 6:25-27. If God cares for the birds, He will surely care for Christians, His children.
  3. TAKE CARE OF TODAY’S PROBLEMS: We are to plan for the future as Christians. It would be foolish not to. However, so much of our worry is about things that never come true. God tells us not to worry and take care of today’s problems. Don’t get ahead of yourself about the future’s problems. Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
  4. GOD SUSTAINS, HE DOESN’T ALWAYS FIX: Christians know that God doesn’t always fix our problems, but He always sustains us through them. What does that mean? We don’t always get the outcome we want, but He will always be there to comfort us through those situations. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
  5. WORRY DOESN’T HELP: For some reason, we think if we worry, we will fix all of life. Worry isn’t planning, in fact, it is the opposite of it. Not only that, but we then rely on ourselves instead of God. Luke 12:25 says, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his plan of life?”

God provides dozens of verses and passages in Scripture regarding worry and anxiety. The key is looking to Him instead of relying on ourselves. How have you dealt with worry in your current situation? Do you rely on yourself or God during tough times? Who is your ultimate provider, you or God? 

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