What are your strategies to overcome anxiety and be at peace? What are you doing to overcome anxiety and be at peace?
Have you had these moments when something or somebody suddenly disrupts your day and from one second to another brings confusion and anxiety? Bad news, a problem at work, a conflict at home or some life-altering traumatic event can plunge us in a constant state of anxiety and make us lose our peace. How can we best respond in such situations and restore peace in our mind and emotions? What are the biblical strategies to overcome anxiety that we can use?
Overcome anxiety by giving up our peace and embracing God’s peace
There are two kinds of peace. The first is our kind of peace – meaning we are relaxed and confident when things go our way, and according to our expectations, wishes and plans. Naturally, this peace is disturbed by every single thing or problem that does not fit in our scenarios. Then we usually react by trying to keep our little worlds under control. The more we are trying, the more our anxiety raises.
And then there is this wonderful gift – God’s peace. It is available for every believer through the Holy Spirit. This is a supernatural peace, the product of our acknowledgment of the loving presence of God. This is a peace of mind rooted in the confidence that God loves us, that He is always with us, working for our best interest. And that He is in control because only He has the power and the wisdom to run the show.
The path to go from our shaky kind of peace to God’s peace is called surrender. We consciously by faith choose to release control, making known our prayers and concerns to God with thanksgiving and submitting to His control situations and people. “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.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
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Remembering – a powerful strategy to overcome anxiety
There are two other powerful strategies to overcome anxiety – remembering and forgetting. Do you know that we are called to remember God and meditate on His word daily? Psalm 105 is a beautiful invitation and reminder to acknowledge God’s presence and do life with Him with a thankful heart. Remembering God helps us to redirect our attention from the negative thought-patterns causing anxiety and worry and shift it on the Rock, on our Centre of Stability. We are to remember daily God’s love, His faithfulness, His words and promises, His deeds.Remembering God helps us overcome the negative thought patterns causung anxiety. #anxiety #thoughts #BloggerVoicesNetwork Click To Tweet
We do this by engaging in prayer and praise, by calling upon His name, by reflecting and talking about what He has done for us in the past, by boasting with His name, by singing and choosing to rejoice despite the circumstances. God invites us to a conscious choice to search and find our joy, shelter, and peace in Him.
Nevertheless, He is also a God, Who remembers – His covenant, His promises, all our sorrows and tears, our deepest desires and needs. He is a God, Who remembers us every day choosing in Christ to forget our sins and transgressions.
Forgetting is also necessary to overcome anxiety
We are to remember but we are also to forget. It is our choice of what to remember and what to forget that leads towards victory in overcoming anxiety and being at peace. What do we need to forget?
In the first place, these are our sins and the sins of others. There is no condemnation in Christ and God has called us to a lifestyle of forgiveness and soft hearts free from resentment, bitterness, and malice. We are to forget the offenses and disappointments and learn to be humble. This means to live unoffended by submitting our rights to God and asking for healing for our wounds.
The second thing to forget is the past. God urges us to let go of the past and not to dwell there. Instead, He invites us to see the new things He is doing every day. (Isaiah 43:18-19) The prophet Ezekiel describes 4 living creatures that are carriers of God’s glory. These creatures are following the Spirit of God and moving only forward, without turning back. (Ezekiel 1:12, Ezekiel 10:11) This is our direction too. Let’s stop putting more energy into the “why” question. Instead let’s focus on new questions and issues, on the new things God is doing and showing us today.
The third thing to forget is the temporary things that do not matter for eternity. We need discernment and wisdom from God about this and the grace to choose rightly and invest ourselves in things that matter.
Overcome anxiety by creating these daily habits
- Forgiving, letting go
- Giving thanks
- Worshipping / Singing / Listening to worship music
- Reading and meditating on God’s word
- Speaking God’s Word
- Saying “Jesus, you are my peace”.
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