- With the Coronavirus outbreak, the world is facing astronomical amounts of worry, fear, and anxiety. In episode 50, we discussed ways of defeating anxiety during a crisis like the Coronavirus. In this episode, Scott and I discuss more practical tips to exchange worry, fear, and anxiety for peace during a crisis. Trusting God is key!
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Quotables from the Episode:
- It’s important not to run on our feelings, during times of crises, but rather, to stand on truth.
- Instead of saying, “I have to” we can shift the perspective and say “I get to…” For example, instead of I have to stay in the house for the next two weeks or longer you say, I get to spend quality time with my family.
- Let’s take this opportunity to do some new things, to look at the situation from a new perspective, to consider our feelings and how our feelings are often grounded in the lies that we believe.
- The truth is, God is still in control.
- Fear is really the emotional response to either a real or a perceived imminent threat, something that might happen right away.
- Anxiety is really an abnormal or overwhelming sense of apprehension in anticipation of a future event that may or may not ever happen.
- Worry is thinking about a problem or fears over something that could happen.
- Worry is our thoughts about an unknown future.
- My concern is that when we allow anxiety, worry, fear to rule and reign in our heart and our mind, we lose the chance to respond rationally, and we lose our peace.
- God tells us in His Word, be anxious for nothing; do not worry about tomorrow; do not be afraid.
- God knows what’s going on in the world today.
- I believe that what has allowed us to get through these recent circumstances is being able to look back and recognize where God has been faithful each and every time before.
- Peace really comes from living in the present and remembering what has already been accomplished in the past, to assure us of our future.
- We tend to approach life thinking, “Show me, then I’ll trust you.” But God tells us to “trust Him, then he’ll show us.”
- Trusting God really takes the responsibility for the outcome off our shoulders and places it on God’s.
- How do we trust God?
- T-Take God at His Word (Numbers 23:19)
- R-Rest in His presence and promises (Matthew 11:28-30)
- U-Understand the outcome doesn’t depend on us
- S-Acknowledge that God is Sovereign (Psalm 84:11)
- T-Turn to the testimony of previous experiences (Revelation 12:11)
- An attitude of gratitude when we recognize all that God has already blessed us with amazing blessings makes it easier to trust Him.
- God inhabits the praises of his people. Find ways to praise Him during this time.
Recommended Resources: (If there are affiliate links in this post, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you)).
- Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win
- Award-Winning Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promisesby Dr. Michelle Bengtson
- Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide
- Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip
- Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
- Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
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