Written by Margaret W. Lavigne
Anxiety and Fear Are Twins
Life is full of unknowns. Nothing stays perfectly still. Separation is inevitable. What do you value most? Ranking our life priorities is a must.
What I learn from the Bible, there is no fear in strong steadfast faith. What I learn from life, vanity, love of money, anger, and the feeling of unbeloved are the common causes of anxiety and suffering, all of which are the reasons to make us a fool in life. Save regrets in life. According to the Bible, the main causes of human suffering are selfishness, greed, and hatred. If a person suffers from worrying about losing his face or worrying about his future, what would you say? His worries root in low confidence in problem-solving and even selfishness.
Our Duties in Life
- According to the Bible’s instruction, “One’s gift is prophecy” and you know the way to where you are going (Romans 12:6).
- To serve and to help
- to repay favors.
- the ability to interpret all happening in life in a positive way so as to find the gifts and blessings behind the storm.
Take Advice from the Bible
Health & Illness
Believe in God’s arrangement. Stick to “love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). According to the Bible “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down” (Proverbs 12:25). According to the Bible, “Bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).
The cost of chronic anxiety is high. According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), unconstructive overthinking and persistent anxiety are crucially detrimental to the kidney and liver. Essentially, worries and anxiety root in fear, such as fear of losing or someone important, or fear of losing a once-in-a-lifetime chance. It’s top important to keep a peaceful mind to keep good health. If you can’t stop worrying, it means you are scared and you don’t have enough confidence in your problem-solving ability. Do not run away from your fear. Do something. Learning is the best weapon to overcome fear.
Anxiety is the manifestation of fear, fear of losing something or someone valuable. Anxiety “weighs down the heart” and takes away our hope and inner peace (Proverbs 12:25). It can be a sign of wavering faith or little faith. Thus, when you are “afraid,” put trust in God’s plan, God’s justice, and God’s mighty power (Psalm 56:3). When people around us struggle with fears, “a kind word” cheers up the heart (Proverbs 12:25). Believe in the Bible’s instruction and “Do not let your hearts be troubled” for “no word from God will ever fail” (John 14:1, Luke 1:35-37).
The Cost of Little Fatih
Most people experience moments of wavering faith. Countless people have doubts in their hearts. If we do believe that God is watching over us all the time, why we fail to discipline ourselves? If we truly believe in God’s plan and God’s arrangement, why we suffer from fear of the unknown? The Bible says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Be aware of little faith, namely wavering faith. Those who have little faith and trust in God, their hope will perish too (Job 8:13-15).
As to God’s discipline, we’d better “rejoice in our sufferings,” because “trials of various kinds” happen for a purpose to make us “perfect and complete” and “produce steadfastness” in faith (Romans 5:3-6, James 1:1-27). The Bible makes it clear that “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character” (Romans 5:3-6).
Staying in a comfort zone is a double-edged sword. Staying in the comfort zone means resisting uncertainty and the unknown. Changes are inevitable.
By walking out of the comfort zone, we open the doors to change, growth, and self-actualization. Great rewards take time. Do not expect overnight success.
Significantly, the lines in our palms keep changing based on our minds and behavior. Our future is not fixed. It’s alterable. It can be better or worse. Thus, guard yourself against temptations. Self-discipline is the key to a good blessed life. God holds against fortune-telling. If any of you get confused about life, or if any of you “lacks wisdom,” seek answers from God (James 1:5). If God does not answer your prayers, check your motives first.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Be very careful, then, how you live.
“People perish for lack of knowledge”
As elaborated in the Bible, “People perish for lack of knowledge” (Proverbs 24:5, Hosea 4:6). The righteous compassionate God takes “no pleasure in the death of anyone” and God does not want “anyone to perish” (Luke 15:10, Luke 15:7 2, Peter 3:8-9). Significantly, “do not gloat over” people’s “calamity in the day of their disaster.” (Obadiah 1:13). As to the seven deadly sins, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). To love and to repent. Again, “love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
In the Bible, David experienced “pain” and “troubled in spirit” because of the visions he saw (Psalm 69:29, Daniel 7:15). Whenever David cried out to God in anguish, he acknowledges God’s power and plan (Psalm 13:5). Place full trust in God. Believe in God’s plan and stop worrying.