Noun: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease; typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
When faced with adversity, or overwhelming situations and circumstances where we are unsure of how things will turn out, if we are not careful, we can become targets for the enemy to cause our minds to stress out! Anxiety, fear, doubt… they are all one and the same. Each are evil fiery darts sent on an assignment by satan to destroy us and keep us from living a life of peace and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If I can be transparent, anxiety is something I used to severely struggle with. I used to suffer from anxiety attacks about almost everything. Instead of trusting in the Lord, (as I was heavily taught to growing up in a home of ministry) I became an easy target for the enemy to toy with and mentally abuse. I specifically remember one of the attacks that happened my 10th grade year. I was preparing to leave town to represent my school nationally at a Vocal Music/Arts/Science competition in Kansas City, Missouri. I was always that child who was overly worried about things that a child should not be concerned with. I would literally out stressed about circumstances/situations that were not my place, nor my burden to bear. At the time, money was stretched thin, and I knew that my parents had other expenses that took precedence over the trip. While the trip was “all-expenses paid”, for some reason, I totally discounted the fact that meals would be included… so what did I do?? I PANICKED! I remember sitting in the passenger seat next to my mom, and as I began to silently contemplate these things in my mind, I started to stress, worry, and become overwhelmed with thoughts of not eating, or being able to shop… I was allowing satan to bully my mind with anxiety and thoughts of fear about all the wrong things! Out of nowhere, I began to cry hysterically, my nose started to tingle and grow numb, and I could not control my breathing. After my mom was able to calm me down, she asked me what was wrong and when I told her, she looked me in the eyes, held my hands firmly in hers, and told me, “Don’t you EVER worry about something like that… It’s not for you to worry about… it is already taken care of!”
It was already taken care of!! Wow… I was panicking for no good reason at all! When anxiety tries to hit us concerning financial need, family needs, healing needs, etc., we should not become anxious or worried because, with our Heavenly Abba Father in control! It is already worked out and taken care of! One of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:6-7 says:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
In the midst of adversity, we aren’t suppose to worry; we are to take it to God in prayer, with a heart of thanksgiving, and in exchange He will give us a peace that surpasses all human comprehension! This peace is what will guard our our hearts and minds from fear, worry, and doubt, through Christ Jesus!! Isn’t this GOOD GOOD NEWS?? We were not made to carry this load on our own, we must rely in total dependency on Jesus Christ. He has the answer, and He knows the outcome, way before we can even think that there is a need! “It is already taken care of”, we just have to walk in a mindset of faith, according to God’s Word, and trust in Him.
On this journey, we will be faced with many trials and tests of faith. It’s not easy, but it is to bring us back to a place of humility and dependency on Jesus Christ. To remind us that WE NEED HIM. The enemy will come to tempt us with his thoughts of worry, but we must remember that although we don’t know the outcome, we have a Heavenly Father on our side, and Holy Spirit living inside of us that does! Thanks be to God that if He is for us, than we have absolutely nothing to worry about.
No more anxiety, Just faith and dependency on Jesus Christ. Remember sis…
“It’s already taken care of.”
– God bless!