Definition: Anxiety is the enemy of a peaceful life.
Our world's way to attempt to get rid of it:
*gyms offer to help you "sweat it out";
*and popular magazines suggest ways to lessen it.
PROBLEM: No one can shift circumstances to achieve total freedom from
heartaches, burdens, or trouble.
SOLVING THE PROBLEM: Key here is to shift our focus onto God. God lovingly provides
whatever we need from His limitless resources and power. Safeguarding our hearts and minds against all-consuming worry or fear.
SCRIPTURE: Philippines 4:7 "And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any
and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your
hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One."
SERENITY: This can't be manufactured - it is a gift from our heavenly Father. His Spirit produces a sense of calm in believers who seek the Lord's protection against anxiety. Notice here the circumstances most likely don't change. God just envelopes you in His arms and gives you a peace that we cannot understand, but know is there.
PRAYER: Doing battle against the stresses and troubles of this world keeps your mind and heart garrisoned with peace. I learned this in church this Sunday. "Take a step of faith, trust.....a big step forward and stomp on the serpents head. " Don't let your peace that passeth all understanding this side of heaven be robbed from you. Stomp on the anxiety - and rest lovingly- cushioned against anxiety and encircled by peace.
adapted from "In Touch" magazine - Charles Stanley - Unshakeable Peace