Did you realize that the Bible has 365 passages on fear? EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR, a verse! Nothing takes God by surprise.
He was well aware that we would have something to fear every day of our lives. As a result, Jesus provided us with a Scripture for each day to help us overcome our anxieties.
Have you ever considered what motivates you to choose a certain course of action? Rarely, if ever, are choices made in a vacuum. There is always something that motivates you or me to act in a certain manner.
Go through this brief summary of the motivations and emotions that influence many of the decisions individuals make. Some are noble, while others are less so.
Fear motivated one of three slaves who were given money to manage, save, and invest for their master to bury the money rather than invest it (Matthew 25:25).
Pilate was so delighted with his popularity that he abandoned his attempt to rescue Jesus and handed Him up to the bloodthirsty mob (John 19:12).
Peter chose to deny Jesus three times out of fear of persecution (Matthew 26:69-74).
Approval prompted Herod the king to assassinate the apostle James, and when he saw how happy the Jews were, he attempted to assassinate Peter as well ( Acts 12:1-4).
Daniel’s decision to refuse the king’s meal rather than violate God’s laws was motivated by obedience (Daniel 1:8).
Now is the moment to alter or fine-tune your approach to decision-making going forward. Being concerned with making the greatest and most informed choices is a positive thing.
If you can master a few preparatory steps prior to rushing into anything or making hasty, emotional, or rash decisions, you may feel less anxious and more sure that you’re making the correct choices.
Each Decision Should Be Reviewed
Clarify the task at hand. Pray and seek direction from Him. Educate yourself on the choices available to you.
Enhance Your Selections
What are the implications of each option? What does the Bible have to say about these subjects? Are there any other options?
Bear in mind God’s Word.
Your standard is the Bible. If any choice conflicts with or contradicts God’s Word, it is a poor option.
Conceal Your Emotions
When emotions are present, we have a tendency to make hasty, impulsive choices. By praying and seeking Godly advice, you may regain control of your emotions. Then, with a clear mind, approach your choice.
Reconsider Your Motives
Motives are often misleading. Our brains are capable of justifying anything. We must pray and ask God to disclose the state of our own hearts, as well as confront ourselves with difficult issues in order to ascertain our real motivations.
If you’ve followed all of the steps above, you can be certain that you’re making the best choice possible for you and your family.
Why? Due to the fact that you have chosen to follow God’s guidance. You are not acting alone. Rather than that, you have chosen to make God the central figure in your decision-making process. Put your worries aside and place your faith in Him!
Put your trust in God to handle your concerns. Because God desires the best for you, is constantly present with you, and has the ability to accomplish anything, you may entrust Him with any troubling circumstance and ask Him to work it out for the best.
When you have difficulty trusting God with anything that concerns you, ask God to disclose any unbelief or unhealed scars that may be keeping you from fully trusting Him.
Confess them to God and pray for the faith and healing you need. Consider God apart from your surroundings. When your thoughts are too focused on your situation, it’s natural for your mind to stray into anxiety.
However, if you concentrate on God – who is in charge of your circumstances – you will get a greater understanding of His majesty and love, which will help you realize why it makes sense to stop worrying and increase your confidence in God.
Put your trust in God to handle your concerns.
Because God desires the best for you, is constantly present with you, and has the ability to accomplish anything, you may entrust Him with any troubling circumstance and ask Him to work it out for the best.
When you have difficulty trusting God with anything that concerns you, ask God to disclose any unbelief or unhealed scars that may be keeping you from fully trusting Him. Confess them to God and pray for the faith and healing you need.
Be present in the moment. Worry directs your attention to the future, expecting unpleasant occurrences that may never occur and that you will be unable to avoid if they do.
Decide to live in the present now, taking each day as Jesus instructs, believing that He will equip you to manage any troubling circumstance that comes your way.