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Are You Filled with Peace or Anxiety?

Are you filled with peace or anxiety when faced with difficult situations? Does the news put you on edge filled with fear of the unknown? It doesn't have to be his way, we can choose peace. Find out how.

The Prince of Peace sounds like such a profound name of God. It’s a name that seems more like a title than it does a characteristic of the Almighty. Yet when studied out further one will see that peace is just as much of who God is as Jehovah-jireh or Jehovah-rohi that we learned as we studied during weeks one and two.

Prince of Peace isn’t just a grand title given to the Son of God. It depicts His very nature – who He is and what He stands for. He didn’t come to this world to condemn it but to bring peace and to save those who are lost.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV

God doesn’t want us to be burdened down with the cares, trials, and tribulations of this world. He never intended us to be overcome by fear and anxiety. He has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Are we given a life free from these things just because we are Christians? Certainly not. But we don’t have to become crippled by fear and worry because of them.

All one has to do is open up the news and see all of the fear surrounding this day and age. Every other week it seems as if ISIS is attacking, Christians are being jailed and fined for their religious liberties, family members are murdering other family members or innocent women are being murdered in their own homes at random. There is no doubt that we are living in a sin sick world, which grows darker and darker with each passing year. Too often, we chose fear over peace.

It only takes someone near and dear to your heart to be diagnosed with an incurable disease or cancer to shake your faith. When given a difficult medical diagnoses many people turn to bitterness and anger towards God, questioning His will. We go to the doctors and the specialists seeking hope while we leave God on the back burner until we are at the end of our rope. We choose panic over peace.

It is when we choose to focus on the negative and the fear of the “what-ifs”, that we begin to slip into anxiety over the future. It is when we begin to doubt that God is in control over it all, that we choose panic over the unknown. It is when we give up the peace of God that passes all understanding, that we begin to lose our faith.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 KJV

 

Are you filled with peace or anxiety when faced with difficult situations? Does the news put you on edge filled with fear of the unknown? It doesn't have to be his way, we can choose peace. Find out how.

Last year, my brother in law was in a life altering trucking accident. He was thrown through his truck’s window shield and nearly died, many times. He has spent the majority of this last year in the hospital enduring countless operations and currently lives in a rehab center. That is scary news to receive via text message at any time in your life.

Some situations automatically fill us with fear and anxiety. We don’t know what will happen so we become anxious. But the beauty of it all is that we do know the One who knows the future. We were able to choose peace in such a tragic event. So many Christians banded together and prayed for him for days (and months!!) while we didn’t know if he would pull through. With every new prayer request that came in, a praise followed right behind it of answered prayers. Knowing the God of the universe is at work in our lives and circumstances changes how you approach every situation that life throws at you. Peace is found in prayer. Peace is claimed through our faith. 

Despite the fear of the unknown future, we can choose to embrace the peace of God. We can experience such peace throughout our trials and tribulations while having such joy through it all if only we would choose His peace.

We can only do this through God’s strength. Knowing that He will not give us more than we can handle. Knowing that He has overcome the world.

So when ISIS threatens more attacks, when innocent lives are taken or when that cancer diagnosis comes, we can choose peace. We can choose His peace, the Prince of Peace.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 KJV

After reading this verse, I had the song ‘Faith is the Victory…that overcomes the world” stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Such a happy song that we can meditate on! No matter how scary and sinful this world gets faith is the victory, we have already won!

You see, it’s not just a fancy title, it is the very essence of who He is. He promises to provide for us, guide us and give us peace to live out our lives bringing glory to Him until He returns.

Choose peace.

Your turn! Are you choosing peace or are you bogged down by the fear and anxiety in this life? How can I pray for you this week? I’d love to connect with you so let me know in the comments!

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16 Comments

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    Gwen
    November 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I choose peace! What a wonderful post! I love you included the scripture from 2 Timothy – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. This is among my go to, stand on scriptures! Hope your brother in law is able to return home soon!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      I love to claim that verse as well! It is easy to be overcome with fear and we need Scripture to get us through the valleys.

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    Karen Del Tatto
    December 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing such an encouraging post.

    I am a worrier by nature, something the Lord has been working on with me for many years. I have gotten better, but I still can dwell on the what-ifs. I was so convicted by your statement that when I worry, I am not trusting that God is in control of all circumstances AND that He knows the future and what is best for me.

    Thanks for sharing such an edifying post!

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Falling into the what-if trap is so easy yet it is so bad for our peace of mind. Many times I need to just give things over to the Lord. My Big Guy had a SIDS episode when he was just 5 weeks old. Let me tell you I was paralyzed with fear and the what-ifs every night when I put him down for bed. I finally broke down in tears too afraid to leave him, then next night we taped Scriptures to his door and every night when I left him I would read those verses. It is amazing what a powerful effect the Bible has on our lives. Doing that simple thing changed my outlook going into every night.

      God is so good to take away that fear and give us His peace. We just have to let Him and I’m growing with ya!

      Thanks for leaving such a kind comment. My reply got a little long 😉 Have a good night, Karen!

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    Laurie S
    December 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Anastasia… I found your blog via Tuesday Talk. What a (God) timely post as I battle anxiety about changes in my life and the health of my senior dog. I am a worrier by nature by I am striving to lay my worries before Him and to seek His peace. Thank you for your encouraging words.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      It is a daily battle to leave our worries at His feet. I pray for that peace nearly every day. Without it our minds fill up with all the what-ifs. I hope your dog is okay! So glad you stopped by tonight, have a great night!

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    Mary Geisen
    December 2, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I am working toward choosing peace over anxiety, but I’ll admit that sometimes anxiety wins. There is so much happening in our world that can lead us to question and ask all the “whys”. Honestly, it is not so much the big worldly problems that consume me, but the more personal problems. I am learning a lot about peace and the week I just completed in the Armor of God study was all about that. It was a powerful week. Thank you for these words today. Glad to be your neighbor at Messy Marriage.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      I will have to look up the Armor of God verses to cross reference! Thanks for that idea. You are right, it is so easy to fall into the worrying category in our personal lives. We have a lot to learn!

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    Valerie
    December 5, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I am taking in your comment…that prayer leads to peace. It reminds me that when I start feeling anxious, worried or stressed that I can just pray at that very moment for God’s peace to fill me. Thank you for encouraging me!

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      So glad to hear that you were encouraged. It is amazing what going to God can do for us!

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    Carrie
    December 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your brother-in-law’s accident. The more I open my eyes and ears, the more I understand how powerful prayer is and can be. Thank you for sharing this powerful post.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Praise the Lord he is doing so much better these days, still in rehab but he’s alive and back to his old self! God is so good. Prayer is so powerful! Thanks for visiting!

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    Pam
    December 6, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of the source of peace in the midst of trying, difficult, or anxiety producing times.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 6, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and joining in the conversation!

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    Martha Baez
    December 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    God Bless you for the eternity. This article really was for me. I am in such a situation, that anxiety and poor faith is bringing me down. I know that Gos has every under control. He is the Creator and he is our Keeper, Savior. Thanks Gos for people like you and blog like this.
    God is the Almighty One. 👏🏽🙌🏾🙏🏼.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 21, 2015 at 10:22 am

      I am so glad to hear that this article was encouraging to you right when you needed it! I’m sorry you are having a hard time just stay close to the Prince of Peace and He will carry you through. So glad you stopped bu Martha!

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