“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Are you struggling to find joy today? Recently I found myself in that struggle for joy, and was encouraged by a short yet powerful Bible verse. The apostle Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). I find it interesting that the word “rejoice” is repeated twice at the start of this verse. The writer must have known how hard it is for us to rejoice at times, and offers strong encouragement. Yet this encouragement comes from the object of our joy. Notice he says, “Rejoice in the Lord...”
As I mediated on the Lord and all the good things he had done for me throughout my life, the heaviness began to lift and was replaced by sweet peace. If you’re feeling anxious today, fight that battle by refocusing on Jesus, and rejoicing in who he is and all he has done for you. The Psalmist writes: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me” (Psalm 103:1-2).
Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy. — Anne Frank
May blessings! With all the sadness in the world right now I thought I would bring you a little sunshine to brighten your day. The month of May is upon us and things are flourishing. My garden is proof of this. The grass is green, the roses are in bloom, and there are buds everywhere opening up! I love walking in my garden. But today, as I was admiring all the flourishing plants, I sensed a sort of paradox.
The enemy is on the move wreaking havoc on our minds during the Coronavirus pandemic. And while we may feel helpless against his attacks, the Bible tells us that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Are you struggling with anxiousthoughts today?Would you like to be more than a conqueror over your worries?
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. If God is near you, than so is his power, peace, and strength to overcome! Hallelujah! In the same way a child draws near to his mom or dad to feel safe and find comfort when he is afraid, we too can approach our Heavenly Father with confidence and find help in times of need. God ALWAYS with us, fighting for us, offering his protection and peace during uncertain times. He is a good, good, Father!
Over the years, as I’ve gone through various seasons of anxiety, I’ve learned that one of the best ways to resist anxious thoughts is to draw near to my heavenly papa through his Word. The verses you’re about to read are not just words on a page. They’re God’s very words. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is alive and powerful and sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword! That means they can help you resist the enemy and have power over your anxious thoughts. You can read them, sing them, journal and color them, pray them . . .
Whatever way you choose to declare them, the most important is to believe them, and then trust God to fight your battle with anxiety, and win!
Always remember, God is greater than your greatest fears!
May peace of God fill your heart and mind with indescribably peace as you meditate on these verses. I’ve offered 12 of my favorite verses on anxiety. I’d like to encourage you to read them slowly—Meditate on each one as if you are tasting a rich delicacy and wanting to savor it for all it’s worth. You may even want to look up the verses in your Bible and read the entire passage or chapter. Try also copying them on index cards and posting them around your house. Do whatever it takes to get God’s Word into your heart so that when the enemy attacks, you will have God’s Word available at a moments notice to resist him and overcome. There are countless other verses relating to worry and anxiety in the Bible. I’d encourage you to memorize as many as you can and hide them in your heart.