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Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

I’ve found myself living in a daily state of anxiety. Every time I listen to the news or log on to one of the several “business news” sites that I frequent, it’s more of the same.

Things are not good. Washington is selling us down the river. The economy will bust for sure this next time, and we’d better get ready for civil war.

You can see why I’m anxious.

But, you know, Jesus taught us, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life,as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more that food, and the body than clothing” (Matt.6.25)? Likewise, Paul writes to the Philippian church (a  poor congreation), “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4.6).

Well, that should settle it. Right? No, sorry…I’m still anxious.

I’ve had Christian people tell me that my “faith is too small.” Yes, I agree, my faith is small. But, in order for it to get bigger, the Bible says that I need more “tribulation”…even more anxiety (Rom. 5.1-5). What’s going on? Surely Jesus meant what he said. Why be anxious?

Jesus’ disciples were anxious too, and they had the Master teacher right there showing them how to do it. Throughout the Scriptures people have been anxious because we all know that bad things happen. We don’t overcome our anxiety just because we hear some good teaching, even if the Teacher is Jesus. Sad but true. The thing that overcomes our anxiety is spiritual grit based upon what little faith we have working through our Christian experience.

I’ve been a volunteer firefighter most of my adult life. I’ve not been anxious about fire. I mean, I’ve packed-up with my protective gear on. I’ve been on air with me face mask in place. I’ve made entry into burning buildings. Isn’t something transferable here to my daily life of anxiety?

Of course there is! Our anxiety is based upon unknowns. We must find strength in the knowns. I know that given training, knowledge of fire, and the proper protective clothing, I can overcome the intense heat of adversity. I can overcome my anxiety through faith in Him (Phil. 4.13; 1 Jn. 5.4). This is the way it works for a believer: 1) I believe in Jesus and what He taught; 2) I believe that it takes work (training); 3) Rebuke fear in the name of the Lord, and 4) Review your history…”be thankful.”

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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