Crush Anxiety in Your Life and Soar!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you ever have days where you feel anxious? Where you find yourself worrying—maybe even terrified over the circumstances that try to hang over your life like a cloudy sky that never clears? I know that I’ve gone through seasons of life where I have felt this way and found it difficult to keep my mind out of the worry zone.aaad6-hardship

Maybe you know that the Bible tells us that worrying accomplishes nothing positive. Luke 12:25-26 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”The truth is worrying only steals from us. It steals sleep. It distracts us from the leading of the Holy Spirit and attempts to diminish God’s promises into just words. Anxiety can cause stress that manifests itself in multiple symptoms of sickness. It will lead to discouragement and could take you all the way to depression or worse. It can cause you to want to isolate yourself and tune out from people and life. That can lead to a lack of interaction with other Christians who would otherwise be a source of godly encouragement, reminding you of God’s love and care that we all desperately need. Bottom line: worrying is the pits no matter what it is your are worrying about.

Have you also noticed that you usually worry about something that you are afraid of losing or trying to hold on to. That could be relationships, a job, or a diversity of things.

Do you remember the story in Exodus, when the Lord led the Israelites out from the most horrible circumstances under Pharaoh’s repression? The Lord took them out of a miserable place, miraculously led by fire and a cloud. He split the Red Sea. He destroyed Pharaoh’s army. He rained down supernatural angel food—manna from Heaven. He caused water to flow from a rock. Their clothes and footwear supernaturally did not wear out the entire time they were in the desert—40 years! God continuously provided for them. They had little so they had little to protect. And their worries were strictly from their imagination about what they didn’t have. 6a01156fdba8bb970b015436849db3970c-320wi

Generations later, it happened again. They had only existed as a nation and people because of God and now once again they had forgotten God. They no longer prayed in sincere faith and trust to Him for help. If they did, they went right back to worry—a sign their prayers contained no faith and trust. They worried and tried anything and everything to fix their own problems and drifted from the God who had loved them so dearly to begin with.
Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord rebuked the children of Israel for letting worry steal their relationship with Him. Through Jeremiah the Lord said, “This is what the Lord says: “What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?’ “And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you. The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense.” Jeremiah 2:5-8 (NLT)

I woke up very early this morning suddenly feeling anxious about a situation in my life. My mind was overly active and I could not return to sleep. I thought about these scriptures. I awoke, got on my knees, and began to worship the Lord and pray. I told the Lord, I am not going to let cares and worries drive me to this place. I cast this mountain of worry into the sea. You love me. You care for me. You are the one that helps and protects me. With thanksgiving I prayed verses from this chapter expressing my thanks for taking my life from a pit and leading me to a good place in Him. I prayed, Lord, I had nothing. Everything I have and every good thing in my life is because of you. I refuse to dishonor you by worrying. I will draw near in worship to you—the one who loves and cares for me. The clouds lifted. The anxiety I felt was crushed like a bug. God’s promises resounded loudly and my heart was refreshed. My faith was strengthened and my day launched with joy!Crush the worthless anxiety trying to come on you and let your trust in God soar!

Philip. 4:6 (NIV)  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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5 thoughts on “Crush Anxiety in Your Life and Soar!

  1. Thank you Pastor Tim for another great devotional. I’m sure that this devotional will touch many people as I think almost all of us are worried about something in our lives! I believe that I read a devotional from you before that mentioned you getting out of bed and praising God and turning your worry and anxieties into praise and casting them into the sea! I have never forgotten this Pastor Tim! Thank you!

    For some reason when we go to sleep the devil seems to have a way of destroying our sleep and creating worry, this is something that I have to be careful off and when this happens I try to put on the garment of praise! I know that praising God and praying turns situations around!

    I believe that worry is a type of unbelief, I don’t even like saying this myself, but when we choose to worry and not trust God it certainly is not faith!

    Off now to praise the mighty name of Jesus and move those mountains!

    Enjoy your day.


    • Thank you Roy and I agree with all you said! Maybe if we could look at it this way; let worry be a trigger. Let worry be a trigger or alarm that says, “Hey your worrying about this. Stop what you are doing and get into the word and prayer until you’ve moved back into your heart to having faith in God. Worries will come, but if will train ourself to simply let us trigger that to our knees in prayer and God’s word, we’ll become stronger in faith over time.
      God bless you Roy!

  2. Amen , Amen & Amen. Good Word! 😊 Only Jesus can interceed & give us that breathers step of peace. Thank God for Jesus!😄 If one can literally imagine a person standing by a persons head constantly scratching it, that would be worry. So get rid of the scratching (dandruff) by washing it away with saying the blood of Jesus over & over casting that away( away with head & shoulders for the scratching …the world) but with the spiritual putting our eyes on God, by pleading the Blood of Jesus. Thank You ever so much for a needed word to spread to so many out here that needs to hear it😊 May God Bless You Always!!😊

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