Interesting Ways To Triumph Over Life's Issues

With so much crazy stuff happening in our world today, it’s no surprise many Christians struggle with feelings of worry. For those looking for a victory over the issues of life, there are a number of methods which will help you let go of worry and turn our hearts toward God;

1. Ask For Help From Those Who Can 
Being a Christian means learning to share one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2), yet many believers still choose to suffer alone. Perhaps we think our anxiety is too small of an issue. Maybe we’ve been taught to deal with it ourselves, or that seeking help will make us appear weak. Regardless of our motivations, no one should have to fight through life's issues alone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

2. Study the Psalms 
The psalms can be a great source of encouragement for those struggling with depression and anxiety. They demonstrate how even the best disciples have often battled the same emotions you’re feeling now. Despite all his works of praise, David composed plenty of psalms where he called on God in grief (Psalm 51) or fear (Psalm 59). Take a moment to study these words. Remember that other believers have walked the same path as you before, and with God’s help, they overcame their despair.

3. Be Still 
Science tells us that humans respond to fear in two ways: Fight or Flight. Some people choose to fight their anxiety by staying busy with work or hobbies. Others retreat by avoiding the problem, or worse, using substances to dull their emotions. God offers us a third choice: Be still

Psalm 46:10 instructs you to, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Fear has a way of clawing at our minds, infesting our every thought until we feel as though our brains will crack under the pressure. At times like this, God calls us to take a breath, be still, and know that he is God over all things, even our fear.

4. Remember His Command 
The most common command found in all the Bible is, “Fear not”. God understands the workings of the human heart better than we do, and he has left this command in scripture to bolster our spirit in times of uncertainty. Just consider the following verses,

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10

“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” - Psalm 27:1

God is with us in every storm and every trial. Even when we feel most alone he is right beside us, comforting, strengthening, and at times, even mourning with us. Whatever today has in store, God will still be present tomorrow, and that is a very encouraging thought.

[written by Ryan Duncan]