|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
I will be concluding this series, by showing you something that has robbed many of entering into the fullness of the blessings of God. As we start, we will see how it can be avoided and cured. This habit is a universal disease that has no regard for a particular race or colour.
It plagues the big and the small. It doesn’t matter whether you travel from one country of the world to another; it needs no visa to travel with you. It is Anxiety!
Anxiety is defined as a troubled feeling in the mind, caused by fear and uncertainty. It is a killer disease which needs a cure. If left unchecked, it degenerates into bigger diseases. However, as advanced as medical science is, it has not been able to provide a cure for anxiety. So, how do we overcome anxiety? The only cure to anxiety is the Word of God. The Word is the all-producing and never-failing solution to every issue of life (Hebrews 1:3).
Before we can successfully tackle this disease, it will be good to know its causes and effects. It differs from one person to another, ranging from fear of insecurity, finance problems, failure, ill-health of a family member, etc. Maybe you live in an area where robbers pay regular visits, maybe the general economy of your country is not encouraging or you are to execute a project, and the means to do it is not visible. These and lots more are diverse causes of anxiety plaguing homes, families and people generally, in the world today.
The effects of anxiety are so many as mentioned above and they are devastating. Spiritually, anxiety cuts off your relationship with God, and takes away your joy. Without joy, you cannot worship God, neither can you serve Him acceptably, nor pray effectively. If all these are not in place, the devil has a free hand, and anything could happen. God forbid! The family today, is prone to this killer disease called anxiety. Never let it catch up with your family. Fight it and free yourself. Give the devil no chance in your affairs.
So, what is the cure for anxiety? The Bible says: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).
The above Scripture is a commandment from God. To obey is better than sacrifice. When you give room to anxiety, you are walking in disobedience. You may say, “Well, I know it is a commandment, but what do I do now? How do I pay children’s school fees, landlord’s rent, and car expenses?” Remember, the book of Proverbs chapter 29 and verse 1 says that anyone who refuses instruction shall perish suddenly without remedy. God knows about all these, before He said you should be anxious for NOTHING. It means He has given you what it takes not to give room to anxiety. You have the power to refuse anxiety.
When you consciously refuse to be anxious, you are obeying God’s commandment and He in turn makes things begin to work out for you. You can overcome anxiety. Cast all your care on God, for He cares for you. When you give in to anxiety, you are judging God unfaithful, and calling Him a liar. You are not too sure of His abilities and therefore, you can no more depend on Him.
Free yourself from the entanglement of anxiety today, and give God a chance in your affairs. This comes by surrendering your life to Christ. You surrender by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).