Calm Anxiety with the Truth of God

Seven days of calming anxiety. I certainly need the wisdom we’re learning together, and I pray this is a meaningful and inspirational series for you. Each post in the series turned to Scripture to embrace its truth and allow it to help point our minds to the authentic Source of our peace.

 

Recapping Our Journey

 

Calm Anxiety with God’s Power2 Timothy 1:7

How to Calm Anxiety and Find SleepPsalm 4:8 and Proverbs 3:24

Finding Peace Through Humility1 Peter 5:6-7

Calming Anxiety Through GratitudePhilippians 4:6-7

Calming Anxiety Through SurrenderIsaiah 41:10

Calm Anxiety with Focus on ChristIsaiah 26:3

 

Hope for Today

 

Today’s anxiety-calming Scripture is one that, at its surface, almost sounds too good to be true.

 

6  John 14:1
Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me (HCSB).

 

At times, it seems these words of Jesus are oversimplified. How do we gain freedom from a troubled heart by simply believing? Through prayer and in considering the depth of His profound statement, God gives me a glimpse of His powerful intent for these words.

 

If we desire freedom from a troubled heart, we must believe in God and His Son. Before this instruction can have the powerful impact they’re capable of, it’s important to analyze our belief.

 

During personal periods of hardship and anxious thinking, I have adopted some errant ideas about the Lord. They clouded what the Bible teaches is true about the living God. For example, when experiencing past trials:

 

I’ve believed God was no longer for me,

Or that He stopped caring about the people I love.

In the past, I’ve believed that my sin was too great to be covered by the blood of Jesus,

And that I was too disgraceful to receive forgiveness.

I believed that the Lord abandoned me

Or that I was being punished.

Each statement is completely untrue. If I believe false truths about Jesus, I have no hope in calming or overcoming anxiety.

 

Calm Anxiety With the Truth of God

 

In order to calm my troubled heart, I must believe the truth about God and that truth is found in His Word.

 

When I believe that His love covers a multitude of sins, including my own, then I receive hope for a blessed future walking in the Lord’s favor. (See 1 Peter 4:8).

 

By believing that He is a loving Father, I can embrace my identity as His child and know that He is for me. Whatever struggles He allows into my life are filtered through His loving kindness. (See 1 John 3:1).

 

With the belief that God has a good plan for His children, I can rest in the knowledge that He is always working for my good and His glory. (See Jeremiah 29:11).

 

 

It’s not enough to believe in a God about whom I’ve formed my own perception —especially one based on emotion and disappointments. Complete peace comes when I believe in the God of the Bible, when I believe who God says He is in His Word. The more I read His Word, the more I begin to know and understand His character, His nature, and His ways. A deeper connection and relationship with my Heavenly Father emerges out of the time that I spend with Him. There, I find perfect peace that calms anxiety.

 

Mindful of Anxiety

 

Part of the formula I’ve discovered to calm anxiety is to remain mindful of it. I’ve learned that I cannot allow it to run rampant through my heart and mind or my anxious thoughts will continue to multiply within me.  I must tame my thought patterns, and that requires smothering them with the truth of Scripture. When my mind is filled with God’s truth, there’s no room for it to wander off into negative, anxious, and destructive thinking.

 

The Bible is filled with God’s wisdom and instruction that deliver His authentic and unwavering peace. By relying on Him, I can calm anxiety and embrace joy in my jumbled life.

 

May you discover our holy God through His Word today,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Jill Douglas

    I hear you about anxiety messing with our image of God. I often pray for God’s help, but don’t often expect the response I’d like, thinking that my will isn’t God’s will or he’s got bigger problems to deal with, so I just need to be tested. But this week I read that section about Jesus and the leper, who asked Jesus, “if you wish it, you could heal me.” And Jesus doesn’t hesitate, but replied, “I do wish it.” Doesn’t that apply to all of us? Then why do we doubt it?

    This was timely for me, thanks!

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Amen! He does wish it! What an encouraging reminder. Thank you for visiting the blog today, Jill! It was a pleasure to have you here.

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  2. Rebecca Jones

    You are so right about joy, it is connected to other things and people and circumstances will take it. In my case I found out that grief was a factor, you can grieve over lots of things. Then I really read Nehemiah 8:10, not just the joy of the Lord is my strength, but not to grieve. How must grieve and quench His Spirit believing enemy lies.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Indeed, joy is fruit of the Spirit. The more closely connected to Jesus, the more joy He will manifest in our lives, regardless of our circumstance. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Rebecca!

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  3. Laurie Hampton

    I love what you say about It not being enough to believe in a God formed from our own perception. This is so true! I am glad that I have the grace to get to know Christ in my own timing and that there are new and fresh understandings of His grace every day!

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Amen! We can learn about Christ throughout our entire lives and that will only be the tip of the iceberg. He gives us grace to discover Him more each day.

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