ANXIETY RELIEVER

anxiety reliever

John 14:1-3  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

We often experienced anxiety and most of the time we think it is a thinking problem that can be  address through counselling, medication, perhaps yoga and alike. But Jesus didn’t advice any of that, He told the disciples to:

(1)believe in God and believe in Him. Anxiety is not a thinking problem but rather a FAITH problem. We worry because our faith is not rightly focused to Jesus. Let us say we worry so much for our children’s future such as “will they get better education, find godly wife/husband, will they make good and godly choices in the future?” and after we struggle finding answers for those concerns, we realized that we can’t really do anything about it. But if we put our faith in the Lord and trust that He had in mind a good plans for them, peace will surely come. Anxiety can be cure only if we direct our faith in the right way. Jesus address this problem by reminding the disciples to believe in God and believe in Him. Get our faith right, then our thinking will be right, then our emotions/character will be right.

(2)Thinking of Heavenly. We hear the phrase “don’t think too much about heaven, it will be no earthly good” but Jesus says otherwise, think more of heaven and you will be good on earth. Jesus is preparing a place FOR US!! Think about what more He is preparing FOR US. His glorious plan FOR US. He is preparing a banquet and WE ARE THE SPECIAL GUEST. He was born FOR US, lived FOR US, died FOR US, suffered FOR US, was resurrected FOR US, ascended to heaven FOR US and He will be back FOR US. What an incredible display of power and love and kindness just FOR US. Think about that and you will be relieve from anxiety.

Come to think of it:

Anxiety can be cured by Faith (believing in God and in believing in Jesus) and Thinking heavenly (thinking what Jesus had done, will do and doing FOR US)

The Leader (Joshua)

The Leader (Joshua)

“Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel, “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.””
Joshua 1:10-11

After the LORD spoke to Joshua, he then relay these charge to the officers of Israel. I think a couple of lessons here needed to be observe.

1. A leader must hear from the LORD.

A leader received a word or instructions from the Lord then pass it on to those under him. You can’t really give something that you didn’t received. You can’t teach or instruct someone lessons you yourself didn’t learn. You must learn something from the Word before giving it to others or else your are just like handing them over some can goods or instant food type (message from the internet or from other people).

A personal devotion, prayer and study of the bible are vital to a leader’s life in receiving fresh revelation from God, a revelation that will benefits people’s life around him by giving them clear and specific instruction based on the word of LORD himself. 

2. A leader relay a clear and specific instructions

Joshua’s order includes preparation and planning, time frame, purpose, goals and vision.

a. Preparation and Planning “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready”

b. Time Frame “Three days”

c. Purpose “take possession of the land the”

d. Goals and Vision “the Lord your God is giving you”

these points are explained more in the proceeding verses.
Come to think of it:

If we can only learn to listen and know God’s character and attributes through His given word, we can have a clear vision, exceeding hope and determined purpose for our life. All for his glory alone.

A Lifetime Promise

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5

This is a solid rock promised by the LORD himself to Joshua. The assurance that as long as He’s on his side, no one will be able to stand or defeat him. Remember that Joshua is on a mission to divide and conquer the land of Canaan, with him are people who has no weapon and experience in fighting. This may be an impossible task for him but the best thing is God is with them.

We may find our self in a situation not favorable and think that failure is inevitable (that may be true if God taken out on the equation), but if you put God in the equation and realized that He is a God that never fail, I believe it will totally change the outcome. In this journey called life, we will have trouble (John 16:33), we will be hard pressed on every side, yet will not crushed; we will be perplexed but will not despair, persecuted, but will never forsaken; struck down, but will not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Come to think of it,  in the end, through His abundant grace and mercy we will conquer and prevail because the God of Moses, the God who never fail, the God who never abandon, is definitely on our side. Have a blessed day.