If you give into anxiety you will reap fear, condemnation, and discouragement. Anxiety is a wasted choice that dishonors the Savior. Rather we must not yield to anxiety, but take everything to the Lord in prayer.
If you choose to give in to anxiety, does it help you? What good’s it going to do you? It’s wasted energy. It’s wasted. Everything’s wasted in it. You will reap – if you give into anxiety – you will reap fear, condemnation, discouragement, I could name probably twenty other things anxiety will bring. So, anxiety is a wasted choice that dishonors your Savior.
So if we learn to say, I am not yielding to anxiety. My Lord has told me in Philippians 4:6 the response is prayer. Father, You know what I feel right now. Faith is not denying the presence of fear. It’s facing it, and it’s turning to the Lord and addressing it. Father, You know I’m afraid right now.
That’s what I did about that surgery. Father, You know I’m afraid right now. Help me right now. And I would use God’s truth. And the fear would dissolve. Peace would come. So, be anxious for nothing, but in everything… it’s a learned habit. It’s a spiritual discipline. You replace and you defeat fear with a response of trust. Father, here’s what I’m fearing, but I’m giving this to You. I thank You – with thanksgiving – I thank You that You’re sovereign. You rule over this. Take care of this. I’m asking You for this. And then, Paul said, the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Turning to the truth and promises must be our response.