Face Crisis Without Fear
Norman Vincent Peale shows how praying Philippians 4:6 can help you overcome anxiety.
Often, the first reaction to crisis is fear. You feel out of control, threatened by danger. And so you cower in the shadows, trembling and focusing on your worry. Giving in to fear is a great temptation, but you must resist that temptation with all your might. The more you talk about your fears, the more fearful you’ll become.
The Bible gives good advice for handling fear: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
There are four parts to this:
1. Stop talking about your worry and pray.
2. Ask God to show you how to deal with the situation.
3. This step is very important. After you ask for God’s help, thank him for it, thus letting him know you believe he is there.
4. Finally, tell God what you need.
Jesus says, in Mark 6:50, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” By turning your mind and heart to God, you rest in his promises and fortify yourself with his peace. Try it. Turn to God now. . . and feel your fear gradually ebb away.
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