John Strange put together a brief summary of biblical teachings on anxiety. He offers a dozen principles for overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety, such as “Welcome the Lord’s Protection and Guidance” and “Don’t Dwell on Tomorrow’s Troubles.” He offers reassuring words for troubled hearts, provides thought-provoking insights, and proposes solutions that are easy to put into practice. For the most benefit, I’d recommend taking time to do some journaling on each of his twelve teaching points about anxiety.
Here’s a brief excerpt that hit close to home for me:
In the midst of your next anxious moment, pause and ask yourself, “What do I wish I could have right now to calm this worry and fear?” If your answer is “money” then money is your god. If your answer is “time” or “romance” or “a mind-altering substance” then they are your gods. But false gods cannot deliver us from our fears. Jesus is our Deliverer and He invites us to seek Him first. He is Lord and God.
–John Strange, Overcoming Anxiety
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