By: Sam Garvin
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” – Psalm 112:7
Look out your window and into your streets. What do you see? Sometimes it takes just a drive to the end of the road to see someone holding a sign. Some of us live in a home full of it. Some of us can look in the mirror and see our own. Brokenness is all around us and in us. We live in a fallen world. If we are not careful, being so focused on what is wrong or what is wrong within us can cause us to be anxious. (Note: this is not an attack on anxiety or mental health. If you are someone that is battling with it, I pray you are talking to your pastor and/or counselor. Therapy and Jesus are great!)
I believe the reason our Christian brothers and sisters are becoming consumed with mental health issues is that one, we have an active enemy against us [The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. -John 10:10.] Second, our modern churches are teaching us to think for ourselves (“Do this and you will be blessed – out of context of what being blessed truly means”) instead of the great commission which Jesus has set in our hearts to do. Now if God permits them to do so, I can’t judge. God is the ultimate judge. We must stay our course in humility.
Jesus said to his disciples, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33. Throughout the bible it is mentioned over and over again “Do not be afraid.” Even if it is not those exact words. It is an ongoing theme. When faced with fear, in the stillness of our brokenness, there is still a tapestry of grace for those that believe. So don’t beat yourself up if you battle thoughts of anxiousness, it is when we allow those thought to become our reality that we lose sight of what God is doing in this wilderness around us or inside us, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7. In reading this, if you know in your heart that you allowed fear to control you, take a moment to pray. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15.
Call out to our Heavenly Father who hears and in your transparent cry allow his peace to transform your heart (even if your current situation doesn’t change) because He still loves you. Let his love transform you from the inside out, beloved. Trust in His Heart. I am a mother and as a parent, when seeing your child it is like seeing a piece of your heart walking around outside your chest. That is Jesus. God loved us so much he sent his only Son to die in our place. Jesus is God’s heart even though they are one and the same. What a powerful and beautiful God we serve.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-7
Questions to Consider:
- I would like to challenge you this week to go through your bible and find verses that speak about anxiety and what God’s solution is to that struggle. ( Not to focus on the problem but the solution.)
- The disciples walked with God in the flesh; Jesus. And still battled thoughts of fear. Why do you think that? How does that reflect in your own heart? How can trust be applied here?
- Can you recall a time when you were battling a situation or feeling that seemed impossible and God saw you through? What lesson did you learn? And how can that victory be applied to your situation today?
- Jesus said in me you will have peace. What does that mean to you? And how can we take heart?
- What is the Holy Spirit witnessing into your heart today? Try writing it down.