Posted by: missionventureministries | May 23, 2019

THE BIBLICAL CURE FOR ANXIETY – Matthew 6:27

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27)

Anxiety, worry, fret, distress, agitation, tension, irritability are emotions that we experience, and that effect our life, our decisions, and ultimately the direction of our life. Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 6:25-34. He does not want us to be anxious and full of worry; He wants us to live life trusting in Him. He does not want us making decisions based on fear of the future; rather, He wants the direction of our life to be established on eternal truths instead of temporal things and empty promises that the world offers.

The Bible tells us that to worry and be anxious is not good; and it basically means that we fret because we don’t trust God. We don’t trust that He will help us through the situations that we’re facing and we don’t depend on Him to take care of us.

As Jesus was teaching, the word “worry” is found at least six times! The main thought in each occurrence is that we should not worry about the future. We shouldn’t worry about what we’re going to eat, drink, or wear (verse 31), for God knows all about these “needs” (verse 32) and He will surely provide for all our needs if we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (verse 33).

Jesus asks a question in verse 27: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” The argument is very realistic, because, anxiety doesn’t get you anywhere; it doesn’t do you any good to worry. Whatever problem is causing you to feel anxious, you can be sure your anxiety will not lessen the problem. It will only make you miserable while you try to deal with it; so learn not to be anxious.

The truth is, no amount of worrying can lengthen your life. Instead, worrying robs you of sleep, health and many other things. In fact, it is only when you are worry-free that God’s anointing flows freely in you, strengthening, healing, and restoring to you the years that the locust has eaten, (Joel 2:25).

Secondly, it is foolish to be anxious, because, it demonstrates that we are “men of little faith.”

Our anxiety level is a good indicator of how much we really trust the Lord. It seems incredible, but we seem to have an easier time trusting that God will save our soul from Hell because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross than to trust that He will provide for our daily needs. If we can trust God for our eternal salvation, can’t we also trust Him for our daily needs? Jesus said, ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself,’ (Matthew 6:34). 

How can we avoid anxiety? First, trust in God. If God provides food for birds and clothes flowers with beauty, will he not provide the necessities of life for humans who make obeying Him a priority in their life? (Matthew 6:25-26, 28-30). Second, take one day at a time. Jesus said to never be anxious about the next day, because, the next day will have its own concerns.

So what is the remedy for not worrying? There are many Bible verses that provide the answer to this question one of them being Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Not to anxious about anything means we won’t be worrying about something and this is possible only through prayer and thanksgiving. If there is any concern about food, drink, clothing, or any other need we have, we simply need to bring those needs to the Lord in prayer. We need to ask and after asking we need to start thanking God for His provisions because He will provide for us. If we do this, worry will vanish from our lives and it will be replaced by “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”

Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ. Then ask Him to help you put your worries into His hands every day. When anxieties come, bring them to God in prayer. When worries threaten, answer them with God’s promises by casting “all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). 

We may not be able to prevent anxious thoughts from entering our mind, but we can count on the Lord to provide for our needs, protect us from evil, guide us, and keep our soul secure for eternity. Remember that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in Him, (Isaiah 26:3). And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). 

Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly and to the fullness. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:10-11). 

Are you serving the thief who wants to kill and destroy and steal your life and joy? Or are you serving the “Good Shepherd” who is longing to give you an abundant life overflowing with joy and peace?  

People who worry and fail to trust God merely exist; however, the people who love and trust God are living abundantly and to the fullest. 

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