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Releasing Anxiety

Published 3/24/20

Read Luke 21:29-33

"And he told them a parable: 'Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.'"


Reflect

How can I overcome the anxieties of life? Do I turn to the Bible as a source of strength and hope, or am I looking for a quick fix to my problems? What does it mean to me when Jesus tells me this His words "will never pass away?"

It's easy to feel lonely and isolated when we are in the middle of suffering and pain. We retreat into ourselves, forgetting that God reaches His hand to us, ready to rescue us from our suffering. We feel unstable, unbalanced, like the world is tilting off-kilter and the ground is shifting beneath our feet. Yet one thing remains steady, a rock-solid foundation in times of trouble: God's Word. "My words will never pass away," Jesus reminds us--they are always there, available, an ever-flowing wellspring of hope and promise to quench every anxiety and fear.

God is our source of strength and hope, but He needs us to turn toward Him in order to receive His love. We need to be an active participant in this transformation from desolation and hopelessness to renewal and light. It doesn't just happen on its own. One of the ways we can begin this turn toward God is by returning to His Word, again and again, day after day. He speaks a message crafted especially for each one of us. All we have to do is open the pages of His book to discover what He wants to tell us.


Pray

Lord, fill my heart with the trust to know, truly know, that You are the stronghold in my life, always present, always available, no matter what. Amen.

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a year ago
I am holding on to this very strongly right now because my wife, who is about to celebrate her 60th birthday has to have heart bypass surgery and these surgeries are not being done right now because of the Corona Virus. We are on hold until that threat no longer exists. We know that God has my wife and our family in His hands and we are at peace at this time, knowing that He is in control of it all.
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a year ago
Michael - I am prying for you & your wife!
a year ago
I know I shouldn't be surprised but I am in awe at how Great our God is. I sent an email to a family member this morning, asking them to pray for me that I would be able to stay devoted to Gods Word and that my eyes and ears would be open to whatever it is that he is trying to tell me, and what plans he has for my life, and how can I bear the good fruit and be a good example to those around me of what it should be like to worship & love the Lord.
I came here to read my daily devotional (yes catching up on yesterdays!!) and the last 2 sentences say exactly what I needed to hear: "He speaks a message crafted especially for each one of us. All we have to do is open the pages of His book to discover what He wants to tell us."
I am so thankful to know and love our Father in Heaven!!
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a year ago
Megan - thank you for sharing that with us!
a year ago
Amen ! Father God , in these trying times I pray for the Doctors ,Nurses, all first responders and all military personal ! Put a hedge of protection around them as they go about protecting us ! Father I pray for your healing hand upon our nation and world ! I pray for those who are sick and seriously ill they they fully recover! Father forgive us for turnout backs ! Thank you got your mercy!Amen
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a year ago
I am so blessed today by these reassuring words reminding me not to be anxious for anything, but to trust in God and His Words and find comfort in Him.


Father, help me to 'turn my eyes upon Jesus, and to look full in His wonderful face; so the things of this world will grown strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace".
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a year ago
Our Lord is a strong tower and stronghold in the storm.
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