What God Wants To Do With Your Anxiety

We’ve all been there.

We’ve all had moments or seasons where chaos reigns and we struggle to maintain focus and forward momentum. Stress rises. Things break. We freak out. Blood pressure rises. Distraction settles in and we feel stuck. Anxiety rules and everything feels cluttered.

What do you do in those moments? How to you deal with the anxiety?

The cool thing is God provides a roadmap for what He wants to do with our stress and anxiety. That roadmap is introduced by the Apostle Paul in the book of Philippians and can be used to activate a pathway towards peace in the midst of chaos.

Here’s the roadmap Paul introduced:

“Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to Him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIRV)

God wants to exchange your anxiety for His peace through the channel of thanksgiving.

Yes, God wants to exchange the chaos, fear, insecurity, clutter, disappointment, feeling out of control, anxiety, etc. that battles against you in your own mind for His peace.

Yes, the outcome we receive is His peace. God wants to exchange your anxiety for His peace and provides the instructions for how we activate this exchange.

This anxiety/peace exchange happens when we do the following:

  • We tell God everything
  • We ask and pray
  • We give thanks to Him

We have a choice and play an active role in this exchange. If we do nothing, nothing will happen. Paul urges us to not worry about anything BUT, instead, we should be honest with God and focus our minds on all the things we are thankful for. When we do that, we receive the peace of God in exchange and we empower His sentinel to stand guard over our hearts and minds because we belong to Him because of what Jesus Christ did for us.

Wow. Who wouldn’t want to activate this exchange?

Move it to action:

Implement a “Thank You Walk”. Each morning, invest a little time walking around and thinking of everything you’re thankful for. This helps to re-center your mind on all your blessings and helps God activate His peace in your life. It’s hard to be anxious when you focus on all the things you can be thankful for. It’s amazing how God will use this simple, intentional effort to transform our minds.

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