Happy Monday Clemson FCA! I hope everyone is having a great day! We had a great night last Thursday at Clemson FCA. We had the privilege of hearing from Blake Pitts from Lifepoint Church. Blake talked about the power of anxiety and the freedom in the name of Jesus.
Anxiety is defined as the feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or uncertain outcome. Anxiety stinks, it is real, debilitating, and relentless. Many times, anxiety is the tip of the iceberg. It is a manifesting of something else that is going on under the surface.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Anxiety appears when we are not putting our faith and trust in God. Blake shared five points with us on how to understand and tackle anxiety.
1. My life does not belong to me
Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
2. Anxiety is a result of a lack of trust.
Do we believe God is our sovereign over all things? When we are anxious it shows that we don’t believe God can handle his business. If death can’t stop us, what can? Whatever happens is God’s best for us.
3. Every feeling of anxiety is an invitation to trust God more deeply
Anxiety is the siren saying that there is something else under the surface. What if our anxieties are blessings that push us deeper into trusting Him?
1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
4. God will use your experiences to teach you to trust Him
God allows us to feel anxiety so you can take the knowledge of this world and transfer it into faith.
5. Anxiety makes dependence on God a daily necessity
Every day wake up and depend on God. If anxiety is relentless, then I have to relentlessly pursue God.
Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Every day we have to depend on God more and more. If we don’t depend on Him, we will be filled with anxiety instead of peace and joy. There is hope and freedom from anxiety in the name of Jesus.