Resisting Anxiety – Conclusion

There is sometimes a misconception out there that because we have God in our lives that we are safe from low-points in our lives.  The truth is in fact the opposite.  It is because we have God in our lives and call ourselves Christians, that we instead become a target of the devil.

Peter reminds us of this in 1 Peter 5:8:

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

The warning is simple.  Be alert.  The devil is always watching and waiting to devour us.  As Christians, this verse highlights that if we become slack in our faith, it allows the opportunity for the devil to attack.

So how do we, as Christians, remain alert?  Peter tells us that as well:

“Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

1 Peter 5:9 (ESV)

First, we must resist him by remaining firm in our faith.  That comes from having and maintaining our personal relationship with Jesus.  Praying, reading your bible, and striving to live in the ways that Jesus taught.  Peter also reminds us in that same verse to remember that you are not alone in your suffering.  I interpret that as a reminder to not be afraid to reach out for support in times of struggle because others are or have experienced what you are going through.  You are not alone.

The absolute best part of this scripture, however,  is verse 10.  It says:

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

1 Peter 5-10 (ESV)

I don’t think that Peter specifically mentions anxiety as the focal point in 1 Peter 5:7 by coincidence.  I believe that anxiety is a powerful tool used by the devil to attack us before God can lift us up.  But if we are humbled under God’s mighty hand, our anxieties will be cast to God and we will receive strength from God to be able to outlast the waves of anxiety, outlast the waves of depression, outlast the waves of sadness, outlast the waves of disappointment.  You will receive the strength no matter what storm comes your way.

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