Use these three phrases to beat worry and anxiety. Let’s make a conscious choice to respond to any crisis with biblical wisdom.
Everybody has a response to our current crisis. What’s yours? Have you thought about how you’re responding?
Sometimes we don’t even stop to think about it, but we have a choice in the response we make. You can make a conscious choice against any fear or anxiety that might try to creep into your heart.
So today I’m going to share with you three phrases that I want you to remember to wipe out worry and use whenever you need them.
The First Phrase to Beat Worry
One of the definitions of worry is to think about the same tormenting thoughts—when they revolve around and around in your mind. That’s revealing, isn’t it?
But another definition of worry has to do with your neck, which is “to seize by the back of the throat (like some animals pick up their young), and shake.” When you worry, the devil picks you up like that and shakes peace out of you.
See more about that in my devotional, Let Go of My Neck. If you’ve not heard about this before, it will be worth your time to read it.
The first phrase is “let go of my neck.”
The Second Phrase to Beat Worry
Have you wondered what Jesus would say to you in moments when you’re afraid or fighting anxiety? He might give you specific wisdom regarding your specific situation, but He’s also said something that applies as well.
Jesus said this:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV)
Read that last sentence again.
He is the Prince of Peace, but we have to do as He commanded. So the next phrase I want you to catch is “don’t let it.” DON’T let your heart be anxious. DON’T let it be afraid. Tell yourself no!
The Third Phrase to Beat Worry
Look at the birds. They are not worried about coronavirus, money, or food. Remember Jesus’s words:
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:25-33 (NLT)
All of our worries are like a weed. When worrisome thoughts are entertained, their roots will continue to go deeper. Uproot any weed of worry by replacing it with a promise of God.
For example, if I worry that I’m not going to have enough food, I need to remind myself that God has promised, “He will give me everything I need” (verse 33).
Now I’m not telling you to defy common sense and not get some extra food if you can. Of course, use wisdom. Continue social distancing because it’s also an act of love.
Something I do when a tinge of anxiety hits is say, “I trust You, God.” Let me tell you, just saying that simple sentence makes a big difference with my heart and mind. That is the third phrase.Use these three phrases to beat worry and anxiety. Let’s make a conscious choice to respond to any crisis with biblical wisdom. #LiveYielded Click To Tweet
Mind Who You’re Talking To
When you read the Let Go of My Neck post, you’ll probably see that you’re going to be saying that phrase to the devil. The next phrase you’re saying to yourself. And the last phrase you’re saying to God.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10 NKJV
I’m thinking we could all use a little more help actively trusting God right now. Stay tuned; I’ll have more resources available soon.