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Experiments with Anxiety, Part 2

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is confidence that good is coming.

Faith is confidence that God is behind it.

Faith is confidence that God is working behind the scenes for your good (Romans 8:28).

Worry is the opposite of faith. If faith is believing the good we can’t yet see, worry/anxiety is literally visualizing the worst scenario. Anxiety pictures the possible pain. It plans for disappointment, drama, discouragement. Worry kills faith.

And you’re a person of faith. So build your confidence!

The foundation of confidence:

  1. God is good. (Ultimate security)
  1. God is good to me. (Personal value)
  1. God will do good through me. (Personal contribution)

Reflect on those affirmations. Believe them. Picture them informing your life—your daily decisions.

Confidence overcomes anxiety and will change your life. If God is for you, and has good for you, why worry about anything?

Consider the famous words of Jesus of Nazareth from His Sermon on the Mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  …But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

EXPERIMENT

Affirm the foundation points of confidence at least three times a day this week.

The foundation of confidence:

  1. God is good.
  2. God is good to me.
  3. God will do good through me.

Ask: If I really believed this, what would change?

 

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