Overcoming Anxiety with the Power of the Holy Spirit

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“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what He will make known to you.

John 16:12-15, New International Version (NIV)

Understanding the Promise of the Holy Spirit

In reflecting on the scripture above, there is an old song lyric that says, “the times are a changing.” For many of us, the more things around us change, sometimes the more anxious we become. Don’t fear, Jesus promised us, that he would never leave us and that the gift of the Holy Spirit would reside within us, giving us peace and guidance for every situation.

Even though we face many things in our lives that we cannot control keep believing that God is far greater than any trouble, change, hardship, or problem that we may encounter. When Jesus walked with his disciples, sometimes they were afraid and worrisome regarding their own troubles and the troubles of the world. They were just like us! Jesus told them “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus’ Promise: Overcoming the Troubles of the World

At some point in life, all human beings feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Dear child of God, knowing and believing the sweet words of the scripture will always soothe a troubled mind. Keep spending time reading the scripture and believing God’s truth about what he says for you and your situation, and those truths will take over your emotions and thoughts that lead to anxiety. If you feel you need additional assistance to overcome anxiety, its ok to seek Christian and clinical counseling. Sometimes we just need another human being to talk to, that will not judge us or say we are a bad Christian for feeling troubled and anxious. Don’t forget God’s promise to you, “the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17-18 NIV).

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