Genuine Concern vs Over Zealous Anxiety
Whether you fear COVD-19, are anxious about your rights being taken away, we all want to feel safe and protect ourselves and our families. We can easily end up in a disagreement with others when we have opposite viewpoints fueled by fear. This occured to me this week when I felt offended over what I interpreted as someone else's fear that stepped on the toes of fear I did not even know I had. Offense is a huge red flag for me as the enemy longs to snare us daily. We must continually be "on guard for the enemy prowls around" and yearn to walk in taking our fears to the Father and forgiving others.
Phillipians 4:6 says "Be anxious for nothing. In everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to YHWH. And the peace of YHWH which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Yeshua our Messiah." Yes, we should be concerned when issues that need addressed surface. This is wisdom. But how you deal with a situation can be from a standpoint of genuine concern or over zealous anxiety. Remember that we can easily defend our anxiety... it makes sense in our mind to argue for a case for it. If you find yourself argumentative, offended or anxious, you need to ask the Father to show you your heart. The part above about making your requests known with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving...gives us time to internally process our fears with the One who knows our hearts and all outcomes. Furthermore, we can trust HIS PROMISES, His rhema words. ASK HIM FOR A RHEMA WORD. We can not trust in the stories we create, good or bad in how we hope issues will resolve or fear how things will turn out. We will be disappointed if our hope is placed in our positive wrong stories and we will be anxious about what may never occur if we are walking in negative wrong stories. But we can always trust in what He says He will do...even if sometimes it seems to appear contrary. IN ALL THINGS HE IS TRUSTWORTHY. IN ALL THINGS HE IS FAITHFUL.
It is human to feel fear. What we do with that fear is an indicator of how we stand in faith or where we need to grow in faith. When it says that we are to be anxious for nothing, this is not to turn a blind eye from reality or to lack wisdom. But it is to take note of where our trust is.