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How to break free from anxiety about the future

DONT WORRY

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has troubles of its own.” – Matthew 6:24

Do not worry about tomorrow is a command God gives to His children.

I always say if it’s in the Bible it’s for a reason—to guide us for better or protect us from worse.

So many people in today’s culture live life for tomorrow.

It’s very easy and tempting to always worry about the days and tasks ahead.

But as the saying goes, “Tomorrow is not a day of the week.”

The day you’re in now is the only day you have the most control over.

Worry Takes Away Your Peace Not Your Troubles

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s trouble.

It only takes away today’s peace.

Living in a fast-paced society has us wired to always be thinking about the next.

The next project, next birthday, next degree, next relationship, the next: you fill in the blank.

When we live life with this mindset we’re opening the door for worry and fear which creates anxiety.

God makes the point very clear that each day brings its own troubles.

So if you bring tomorrow’s trouble into today’s lane then you’re at risk for living a life of trouble.

This verse is actually a command so when we live in constant worry of the future (which we have no control over) we’re actually being disobedient.

How this trouble manifests for each person is different.

But I’m sure most of us can relate to the trouble called stress and anxiety, which is no fun!

According to the APA, chronic stress is linked to six leading causes of death and more than 75% of all physician office visits are stress related ailments, whoa!

You see, God knew the damaging impact worrying about tomorrow’s trouble and uncertainty of life brings.

He knew living a life always on edge would not only be damaging to our mental and physical health but ultimately to our spiritual health as well.

This lifestyle does not bring glory to God and hinders the wonders God wants to do in us through faith.

Faith and Fear Cannot Reside Together!

Living a life of faith and trusting God with our tomorrow, brings glory to Him and shows others His power.

God says He gives us His peace, (John 14:27) a hope, and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

As Christians, we are to be a light in the world but if a non-believer sees a believer all frazzled and stressed out just as they are, then we are not using our actions as a light to point them to God.

We’re not showing the world the peace God says He gives to us to point them to the only solution for our worries.

Well, you may say, “I just can’t help it. I don’t know how to not worry. If I don’t worry about it then who else will?”

I’m glad you asked.

God in His great understanding of us (remember after all He did create us) knows that naturally we worry and fret.

So He gives us instructions on how to handle it when the temptation to worry comes over us in this scripture.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving make your requests known. – Philippians 4:6-8

God Calls You to Do 3 Things in Moments of Worry:

Do not be anxious: This means don’t be disturbed, tense, distressed, or nervous for anything! So think about what’s causing you anxiousness today and insert that here.

  1. By prayer make your needs known: God knows what were struggling with. He knows what we’re thinking before we say it. But God wants us to act out and live out our faith by humbly coming to Him to tell Him what we need. This shows God that you know He truly is your hope and solution to your trouble.
  2. Express Gratitude: When we pray with an attitude of gratitude, a shift takes place in our mind. We go from thinking of what needs are to be met to the needs that already have been met. Don’t you like to be thanked when you do something nice for someone?Being that God created us in His image it’s safe to say God does too. Thanksgiving moves the heart of God, especially in hard seasons. There are many scriptures all throughout the Bible addressing giving thanks, so we can discern that this is very important to God and should be a daily habit in our lives. (Colossians 3:17)

 I will give thanks to you Lord, with all my heart. I will tell of your wondrous deeds. – Psalm 9:1

When we come to God in this way, we are given a promise that the peace of God will guard our hearts and mind.

Worry and anxiousness start in the mind.

God promises to guard it, but you see, it’s conditional.

God says you don’t have because you don’t ask. (James 4:2-3)

We receive this peace when we come to God using the three requirements above.

The Christian Faith is Action Oriented

God says faith without works is dead.

Christian living is not just about receiving, but also about responding.

Sometimes God calls us to do tasks that can be initially fearful.

And like Jonah, we want to say no and go hide from God until He forgets about it.

Or, we respond like Moses, and think God made a mistake in choosing us for a task because we think we don’t qualify.

But God is sovereign and wants us to be our best.

This means using us how He chooses and most of the time it is a call to step out in faith for our good and His glory.

I love the story of Joshua; it’s a story of a strong military leader that God rose up after Moses.

God did miracles for Moses and the people of Israel that were obvious and proved no doubt it was from God, yet the people still grumbled.

However, when Joshua took leadership after Moses’ death, God required more action from Joshua and the people than before.

God moved and that increased his faith and the people he led, however, this generation had faith in God and Joshua.

They believed and knew God was with him, therefore, this was the generation that entered the promise land.

God told Joshua three times, “be strong and courageous, as I was with Moses, so I am with you.” (Joshua 1:9)

Just like Moses, Joshua was going to be successful wherever he went because God was with him.

You see Joshua was scared too!

He knew how great a responsibility this was and I’m sure it was easier to fret and be anxious and look for a way out.

But Joshua believed God and became one of the greatest biblical generals in human history.

God Wants You to Enter Into Your Promised Land Too!

He wants to take you from the old life into the new life He has promised for you.

God was reassuring Joshua that Moses ability to lead was not because of his great wisdom and strength but Gods!

Faith is the bridge that we can cross over to receive that promise.

And fear is the boulder that gets in your way and can cause you to remain in your wilderness longer than God intended.

Sometimes if there’s something I’m nervous about doing or believe I’m not qualified to do, I remind myself and say, “Erica, it’s not about you. If God called you to do this then its obviously for His glory and for others”.

When I shift my perspective in this way I’m able to invite faith and God’s sovereignty to lead the circumstance in.

And kick fear to the curb.

Where God leads, even in the midst of your wilderness, He will always provide.

God was faithful to His promise to Abraham that one day his descendants would dwell in the promised land.

And under Joshua, God accomplished just that.

Staying in today’s lane and out of tomorrows can be difficult.

That’s why it takes intentional effort, perseverance, and discipline.

God always requires action on our part for Him to act.

Surrendering the day to the Lord requires obedience and faith, but God says in Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him and He will act.”

Each day God gives is a blessing and He expects us to use it to its fullest bringing Him glory in it.

Bringing future troubles and concerns that you have no control over into your day will hinder even the small beautiful blessings from being seen.

5 Practical Ways to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Today

  1. Start the day with the Lord first thing, if that means waking up sooner then so be it. Would you be physically full and nourished if you waited until dinner to eat your first meal? Well, same with the spiritual. You need your spiritual breakfast to energize and equip you for the day.
  2. Ask yourself what does God require of me this day. Write it down and prioritize it.
  3. Ask yourself what does your job, school, family, etc require of you today and prioritize it.
  4. Makegratitude list. Journal or write at least three things at the end of your day that you were grateful to either begin or complete. Then, list anything else that you were grateful for that happened today. This will help you begin to see the small daily miracles and God’s hand in your life.
  5. Rest. God says “be still and know that I am God”. Sometimes that means taking a time out and reflecting on the goodness of the Lord. Whatever is stressing you out in that moment think instead of how much greater your God is than that problem. This can even be a physical rest if necessary.

I love the quote that says,

“You’re so used to always telling God how big your problem is. Instead tell your problems how big your God is.”

Remember God does not give us each day to be lived tomorrow.

Today has enough trouble of its own to be concerned with.

There’s a reason you’re here and alive on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, etc.

There’s something each day God wants to use you for.

So be intentional about glorifying God with the time He’s given you today.

Make the most of the day at hand. Allow joy and love to accompany you. And look forward to tomorrow when tomorrow’s turn comes.

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