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Anxiety

  • RHM Devotional: Anxiety from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about something that is plaguing so many people today: anxiety. It is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about something with an uncertain outcome.

    It has always been a problem, Jesus spoke about it, but in modern times it has grown to epidemic proportions. I believe that it is partly because we are bombarded all day long by advertisements. The latest clothing trends displayed on super models that we can’t measure up to. Vacation getaways that we can’t afford. Food, drink, clothing, cars, an endless stream of “stuff” that we are told to buy in order to be happy.

    Medical ads sell us sickness. They urge people to see their doctor and complain about a symptom. Nielsen estimates that there are over eighty drug ads per hour on American television. Why do they do this? Because it is profitable, not because they care for the people.

     

    For example: In 1986 there was an allergy medication called Seldane that made about $34 million in sales a year. Doctors were not prescribing it enough for the drug company, so they decided to market it directly to the consumers by advertising it on television. The sales of Seldane quickly grew to $800 million. Then it was found that it caused heart problems and was pulled from the shelves. Oops. Sadly some people who were not even sick, were probably made sick by it, but the drug company made a nice profit.

    Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:31-34 ESV

    What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear? You can open almost any magazine today, and those are still the ads that you see. That is what the world focuses on, always has. It is the earthly trinity: what to eat, what to drink, and what to wear. We, as humans, were made in God’s image, and are called to be more than that.

    Jesus had just finished saying that you cannot serve God and money, for you will love one and hate the other. Now He turns to its partner: anxiety. Jesus knew that a materialistic culture leads to anxiety regardless of whether one is rich or poor, and three times in this text the Lord tells us not to be anxious:

    (v. 25) “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…”

    (v. 31) “Therefore do not be anxious…”

    (v. 34) “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow…”

    The truth is that some of us have suffered much more in this world than ever actually happened to us simply because we borrowed trouble from tomorrow. We fear everything, because everything is possible, and we have access to so much information through the internet, social media, radio, and television. Most of us know about diseases that didn’t even have a name in previous generations. There is simply too much bad news through out our day.

    A terrible fact is that stress and worry is one of the great contributors to disease and poor health. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more we fear it, the worse it becomes.

    What should we do about it? Jesus said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God promises to take care of our needs when He is first in our life.

    What does seeking His kingdom look like, and what is it? According to Romans 14:17, The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

    To me, seeking His kingdom is inviting and honoring God in whatever we are doing today. For example, we rarely have to choose between honoring God and loving our spouse. For we honor God “by” loving our spouse.

    In much the same way, we honor God when we are good workers. Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

    Once after a season of unemployment, I managed to get a job in a plant that began by sweeping the floors with a big push broom. At the time, I was fasting a lot and trying to learn all that I could about the Lord. I knew that He was in control of my life and I involved Him in every decision that I made.

    I turned the job into a game and prayed during the day: “Lord, I am sweeping this floor for You. This is the job that You gave me to do, and this floor is going to shine when I am done!” I smiled through the day, whistled, and swept. Soon, I was the manager. I can tell you this: Serve God happily where You are and He will take notice.

    Do not live in the future. No one ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today, that the weight becomes more than you can bear.

    Take life one day at a time. Live in the present and do not borrow trouble from tomorrow. It isn’t wrong to remember the past or to plan for the future, both of those are good in moderation. Yet it is easy to become too focused on either the past, or the future, and ignore the present, or the person sitting in front of you. God wants us to remember the past, plan for the future, but to live in the present.

    Enjoy the life that God has given you so far. Don’t get caught up in the “then syndrome” and believe that “one day things are going to be trouble free” or “When I get married…” or “When I have children…” or “When I get a better job…”

    Jesus said that each day has enough trouble of its own. So “tomorrow,” the future, will also have trouble. It is unavoidable. Face it with a smile, and take a moment to thank God for something that is good about your life. Include Him in your decisions throughout the day and ask His advice.

    I don’t care how bad your life is messed up, if you align with God, the the right doors will begin to open for you. Oh yes, He cares. Oh yes, He loves us. When we focus on living a life pleasing to Him, His blessings will chase us down. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Trust God to take care of tomorrow when it comes, and don’t be anxious.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I submit my life to You. I know that You know what is best and that You will take care of me. Please take away my anxiety and give me the grace and wisdom to trust You. Show Yourself strong in my life. Speak to me, and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah .......... Good devotional today...... Thank you Pastor Dion!
Mar 18
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I submit my life to You. I know that You know what is best and that You will take care of me. Please take away my anxiety and give me the grace and wisdom to trust You. Show Yourself strong in my life. Speak to me, and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Speak to my heart heavenly Father. I thank you your grace and mercy. Thank you Pastor Dion. I needed this devotional today.

Mar 17
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Mar 17
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Danvie McLaughlin
Danvie McLaughlin

Thank you God I really needed to be reminded of this today. Thank you Dion for being so sensitive to the holy spirit and hearing God so clearly. Its been such a blessing to find you. 

Mar 17
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: Mar 18

I Agree! Everything that was talked about i've heard so many times in life yet I get carried away. Father, help me to stay in the moment as I talk to you daily.. Amen (L)

 

Thank You Pastor Dion! 

Mar 17
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

It has been hard for me to let go of the past for some reason. When my Dad was living he told me that I worry too much like my deceased grandmother. I realized that since both of my parents passed away I have to live life without their guidance and it seems scary. For some reason my heart has been very heavy with grief since my aunt won't let me see my 3 children. She had them for 12 years now. The last time I saw them was 2011. I can't afford a lawyer so I have been feeling very doubtful. When I'm around children my heart feel sad. It is hard to shake the pain. I have prayed about it but I keep worrying about it. I pray that God will give me my joy back so that I can move on to better things in life.

Mar 17
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Alexious Kakwedza
Alexious Kakwedza

Amen

Mar 18
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Thank you Pastor Todd for this awesome on time message

Mar 18
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Dear God please take away all of my anxiety Amen

Mar 18
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

Mar 18
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. Thank you Jesus for the today you give me. 

Mar 18
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Anxiety is my middle name. Please God help me with this issue. Thank you God for all our blessings. I trust doors will open for my Grandchildren. Help us to find our way. Let me learn to enjoy life and take one day st a time. Hallelujah amen. Praise God. 

Mar 18
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Yes lord lift my anxiety  from my life  in jesus  name  amen 

Mar 18
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen! I missed this yesterday. Great message!

Mar 18
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Mar 18
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Please God help with my anxity. 

Mar 18
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! This devotional really speaks to me. Thank You Pastor Dion for this message!

Mar 18
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

 Pastor Dion what encouragement you are!!!!!!! This hits home for me. Thank you for all your godly wisdom and sharing that with all of us who so desperately need it. Please always know how much you and Sylvia are appreciated and    loved. God bless 

Mar 18
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, thank You for all Your love and support that has been given to me a sinner. Take away my fears and frustrations about the future and that I live the present following Your designs, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor, your inputs are always appreciated. God bless you. 

Mar 18
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen and Amen.  Thank you Lord for restoring me to your words when I let the outside world try to compete. Wonderful and fruitful message.  Thank you 

Mar 18
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Jennifer Nielsen
Jennifer Nielsen

AMEN !!!!!!!!!!! ( side note , it’s funny how my last name is Nielsen also as the study Nielsen ... back in 86’ when I was born ..... such magical numbers ) ;) ! 

Mar 18
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! :)

Mar 18
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Thank you so much for this message, it is the Lord that spoke through you to me! I needed to hear this, and i'll with the Lord's help under the guidance of the Hl. Spirit stop worrying about tomorrow and what will be next!  The Lord holds my future and the future of my loved ones, and all the others that are in my path in His hands, I will trust Him!!!

Mar 18
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!

Mar 18
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

This message is a keeper for ages. Anxiety is and will always be an issue no matter how young or old we are. Anxiety has always been part of my life for so long, and it takes joy out of my life. Thank you pastor Dion.

Mar 18
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen n Amen

Mar 20