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Last week the message, “Kicking Anxiety to the Curb“, resonated with readers. So I thought we might need to delve a little deeper into the topic of dealing with worry and anxiety. Interestingly enough, on Sunday, my pastor’s wife mentioned that one of the areas she wrestles with is anxiety.
And I thought, “What a great word to use to describe this issue- wrestle.” Because we all have those things that we continually fight. Sometimes we can land a knock-out punch that sends the issue out cold. But more often, it seems that it’s a bit of a wrestling match.
In Matthew 4, we find the encounter where Jesus was specifically tempted by Satan. Each of the three times Satan tried to get Jesus to sin, Jesus used Scripture to defeat Satan. By following Jesus’ example in this area of our lives, I truly believe that we can have victory. But sometimes it takes more than once, because- we are human.
Memorizing Scripture is a wonderful mechanism for handling worry. By familiarizing ourselves with God’s Word, we can replace negative, false thoughts with truth. Instead of believing the lies Satan is trying to win over on us, we can claim the truth and send him packing. But think about this verse:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
I find it interesting that every translation of this Bible verse I read used the same word : resist. With a little investigation, I found the Greek word means : to set oneself against, to oppose.
To equip yourself for a wrestling match against worry, the Sword of God’s Word can defend like nothing else can. This is how we “set ourselves against”- this is how we resist the devil and make.him.flee.
Often you will find lists of Bible verses in my posts because I want those to be tools for you as they have been for me. One of the sweet readers last week commented that she planned to write out the verses on anxiety on index cards so that she could have them wherever she needed them. So her little idea prompted me to create this free printable for you. Eight verses from “Kicking Anxiety to the Curb” are now available to print on cardstock as your own personal set of Scripture cards. I hope you’ll enjoy them and USE them to kick anxiety to the curb and deliver a knock-out to worry! Just click on the graphic and the PDF will open or download here.
Can you think of other issues besides worry and anxiety that you’d love to have specific Bible verses to combat? Or do you have verses you use for certain issues that you could share?
I’d love to read them in the comments.