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What do you do to combat your anxiety? Do you exercise, swim, blast rock and roll music or any type of music? Do you sing, watch a funny TV show or watch your all-time favorite movie for the 1,000th time? Have any of those things actually helped calm you? Have you ever prayed during an anxiety attack? Did it help you refocus on the bigger picture in your life, that you’re blessed even if you feel like you’re sinking? How about reading the Bible in the midst of an anxiety attack? Reading the Bible can be a hard thing to do especially in the middle of having an anxiety attack. However, here are some Bible verses that you can read and remind yourself of, in case you need them.

Luke 12:22-26 “ Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 55: 22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:13-14″For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

Psalm 118:6-7 “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.  I look in triumph on my enemies.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Jon 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Psalm 94:18 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Mathew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Isaiah 35:4-8 “Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear, your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retributionhe will come to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joyWater will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness it will be for those who walk on that Way.”

Hopefully, all of these verses can and will help your anxiety lessen. My prayer is that anxiety disappears for you completely.

 

Worry is not only a waste of time, but it’s also stupid. Worrying does nothing to improve your life. It only holds you captive to your own thoughts of “what ifs”. The what-ifs in life can keep you from reaching your full potential. Worry is like walking around with an umbrella and waiting for it to rain. If you’re not sure it’ll rain but keep the umbrella open at all times, it’ll get exhausting to carry the umbrella around every day. If you’re constantly waiting for something to happen and then it doesn’t actually happen, then you literally wasted your time worrying over nothing. You miss out on the things that bring you joy in life if you’re constantly upset.
Worrying only takes your life away from you. It doesn’t add anything to your life. It takes your focus away from the one who can actually solve your problems and that’s God. He wants you to come to Him with everything that’s been on your mind. He wants to take set the things that are making you suffer. But you have to be willing to give them completely up to God and then leave them with God.
How many times have you prayed that God would help you get over your worries or at least give you a way through them, then continue to think about them, then you really haven’t given them up to Him.

It is sometimes very difficult to give things up to God because you want to be the one in control over your life. Remember when you try to control everything, then you tend to get even more stressed out. Instead, you should be willing to tell God what is worrying you and why it’s worrying you. Then say, “Lord, even though I don’t understand this phase that I’m going through in my life, I know that you’re with me every step of the way. I know that I’m loved by you. Even if the scenario doesn’t change right away in my favor, I know that you are working it out for your glory and for my good Lord.”

When you pray, don’t you feel lighter afterward? So why do you always come back to the worries that were making you stress out like crazy in the first place? It’s all because it’s, unfortunately, part of human nature. We give things to God only to take them back and think that we can all handle them on our own. It normally and sometimes quickly backfires on everyone.

Isn’t it just better overall to give your worries up to God and have them stay there with God? You can ask God to take your worries, illnesses, and anxieties away. It’s not that He won’t ever listen to you or grant your requests. On the contrary, He wants to see if you lean on Him for the ultimate peace that surpasses all human understanding. He also gives you lessons to learn from your worries. He will give you a way around the problem eventually, even if it means going through the problem. He allows you to go through many trials and tribulations in order to see if you strengthen or waiver your faith. Don’t feel discouraged with that thought though, because everyone waivers in their faith at one point or another during trials and tribulations.

It is also up to you to take the appropriate action in the midst of any trials you face. It isn’t always just waiting on God to help you through the problems through prayer and faith. It is often up to you to figure out which course of action you’re going to take. Are you going to sit on your hands and wait for God to help you, or are you going to help God help you through your trials? For instance, if you have a medication that you need to treat you for an illness, are you going to struggle with it each day and say how hard it is to take the medicine, or are you going to say even though this medicine tastes horrid, I know I need to take the appropriate amount of it to make me better in the long run? Sure, it would be easy to say, “no I’m not going to take it”, but that choice would only prolong your illness and you certainly don’t want that. Sometimes you have to suck it up and take charge of yourself more and say, “I kno0w this will only help me in the long run.

Worry takes so much time away from your life. You actually forget that there is a plan and a purpose for your life that God has designed when you’re filled with worry. If you have ever been worried that God’s plan doesn’t fit in with your plan for your life rest assured that God’s plan for your life is better than you could ever hope for or imagine. Why not rest assured in his presence instead of worrying over things that you can’t control? It takes time to remember that you can turn everything over to God at any time and anywhere. There is never a wrong time to turn your worries over to God and to be set free. Who wouldn’t want to be set free from your worries?

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Guilt is a tricky thing. Have you ever asked for forgiveness for something only to have Satan remind you of what you have already asked for forgiveness for at a later time? Have you ever been trying to complete a task and all of a sudden you feel inadequate about even finishing it? You start questioning why you’re trying to finish the task in the first place. He makes you second guess everything you’re doing or anything you’re thinking of doing at a moment’s notice. He tries to remind you of your past in order to stop you from pursuing your future. Rather than listen to him, focus on the truthy that God gives you, that you are His precious child.

You may feel sometimes as if Satan is trying to make you upset. I’ll be doing something like making food or working on music and Satan will be like “oh yeah remember the time you lied about this? Or remember this? Or remember the time you did that thing really bad?” Even though You know you’ve already asked God for forgiveness and know that He has forgiven you already 100 times over and even though you know that it’s a forgive forget kind of thing, Satan tries to bring it back up. It gets so frustrating sometimes and makes you feel defeated at times, right?

Guilt is a tough topic. So is remembering God’s promises for you even in the midst of your doubts. When you doubt God’s promises and His timing, you question whether He really has forgiven you don’t you? Have you ever had that feeling? The feeling of wondering whether or not God is really listening to your prayers, please and the tears of your soul? What about wondering if He will ever answer your prayers?  He is there even when it feels as though He is radio silent. When the guilt becomes too much Satan knows he has you right where he wants you. He wants you to believe everything he’s telling you. He wants you to be rushed into doing or saying the wrong thing. He also wants you to focus on your guilt, instead of focusing on God’s promises.

Guilt is put in your heart when you believe that God hasn’t forgiven you for your past sins. Remember that it is a forgive and forget situation when you ask God for forgiveness for one or all of your sins and mean it with your full heart. God’s forgiveness covers you and should fill you with His peace that surpasses all human understanding. Whenever Satan tries to remind you of all the things that you’ve done wrong, try telling yourself that you’re already forgiven and that God has given you a fresh start. Remember, each new day is a fresh start to make your life better and to make the correct choices. You don’t have to believe the lies that Satan tells you. You don’t have to feel burdened or weighed down by the guilt that he tries to throw back into your heart.

Some verses that remind you that guilt doesn’t have to weigh you down include:

1 John 1.9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confess whatever is making you feel shame, guilt, and regret. Remember you can always talk to God no matter how you feel. Telling God how you feel can help you overcome any guilt you might be dealing with. Ask God to help you overcome any guilt that you may be dealing with.

Micah 7:19 “He will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities, and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”  Let your past sins go because you already have been forgiven.

Ephesians 5:25–26 “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.” God loves you enough that He will do anything for you, especially relieve your pain.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” Every day gives you a new opportunity to focus on your future instead of your past.

Because of God’s great love for you, you don’t have to feel guilty for your past sins. They are cast as far as the east is from the west. You don’t have to constantly give in to the reminder of your sins. Remember who you are in God’s eyes. He loves you no matter what.

 

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Most of us learn the golden rule in kindergarten or even pre k. The world calls it karma but it’s nothing like karma. It’s not an “eye for an eye” kind of deal.  That’s not how it works! Jesus was so good to both Peter and Judas yet one betrayed Him to die and one openly said he would never deny Him in the first place. Then as soon as the Rooster crowed three times, Peter had done exactly what he said he would never do. Peter denied knowing Him. The other disciples ran away and hid because they were so afraid. Jesus was so good to them and they acted poorly towards Him when He needed them most.
Remember the verse that says “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”? No, it doesn’t mean repaying bad behavior with bad behavior. It means being kind to unkind people even when they anger you. It means being nice to people that drive you crazy. It also means going out of your way to show God’s love, grace, and forgiveness to others even if they aren’t sorry for the things they did to you. Even if they aren’t sorry, forgive them anyway.
Remember, forgiveness not only frees both of you from the situation, but it also frees you from carrying bitterness in your heart, soul, and mind for the rest of your life.  You learn to get better results if you treat others with respect. You see God’s work in your life and in their life if you follow the golden rule. You follow Jesus’ example not because you expect others to act accordingly to your actions, but because when you are kind even when it is hard, you need to act as though you are doing it for Jesus. Ultimately you are doing it for Jesus and that’s what matters.
Sure, none of us like it when we’re mistreated by anyone whether it is by our friends or our family members. However, if you want to be treated fairly and be treated nicely, you have to be the one that is willing to go out of your comfort zone and be nice to other people. If you struggle to be nice to people, it can feel very strange when you attempt to be nice to others. But over time, you can help yourself learn that it feels better to be nice to others than to be mean. It might take longer than you expect, but it will be worth it. Once you learn how to be nice to people, you can see how much your life changes. Once you’re living the golden rule, you start acting differently.
Another example of putting the golden rule into action is this: If you have problems with someone, you should not only pray about the situation but pray for that person as well. For instance, if you struggle with the relationship with a member of your family, and they aren’t nice to you, you can break the barrier between the two of you by being nice to them even if they aren’t nice to you.
 Once you try it once, you’ll feel a bit better and be able to be kinder to the person every day. Sure, it won’t be easy all the time. God never said it would be easy, and you’ll sin daily even though you try not to. It hurts to be mistreated and treated so coldly but if you want to be treated fairly by someone in your life by a member of your family, you have to be the brave one and take that first step to be the nicer person. It might make a difference in their life, and it will sure make a difference in your life, both mentally, and emotionally, as well as spiritually.
Being nice to someone is better than giving them a piece of their own medicine. Giving someone a taste of their own medicine only feels good for a few seconds to a few minutes. Then not long afterward, don’t you have that nagging feeling in your heart of, “Oh man, I shouldn’t have done or said that”, or that feeling of “Great, now I’m as bad as they are for acting the way I acted”? That is the Holy Spirit reminding you to keep yourself in check and ask for forgiveness. It is also God teaching you to forgive others for their shortcomings against you. Remember, everyone, sins every day. Everyone deserves a fair chance to be treated nicely.