Making a Difference
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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NASB
Anxiety is defined as “experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” The most challenging part of this scripture to me is the idea that there is action I can take to not give in to that unease. I like feeling like a victim, and if I can convince myself that my nervousness and worry is too strong, then I can successfully excuse myself from doing anything that pushes me out of my comfort zone.
Philippians 4:6-7 debunks this notion for me. It’s challenging, but it’s also inspiring and relieving. So, while anxiety has so often been the reason, I’ve given for neglecting the needs of people around me, I understand and believe in the power of prayer. Not merely for personal improvement (i.e., mitigating my loud and stressful emotions), but by believing in and seeing how God hears my prayers, and makes things happen.
God changes lives, he doesn’t merely improve them.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Trusting God
These tips on beating anxiety I believe are helpful for applying to many life situations. However, it’s important to understand before diving in that the Bible is not a self-help book and shouldn’t be used as such. This is a mistake often made – finding scriptures in an attempt to calm the heart and mind, without embracing the transformative change of your will, character and desires that comes from a personal walk with God. God changes lives, he doesn’t merely improve them.
This Bible study on anxiety and fear will give you practical tips to help you start worrying less and relying on God more. Check out God’s Word to start beating fear and anxiety.