Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:19-20 KJV
By surrounding oneself with praises and worshipping God, it opens the window for God to dwell in us and wherever we go. Faith believes in what we can’t see. By praising God for the unknown and recognising that he is great, is the key to faith.
The same way we should pray without ceasing is the exact way we should praise God always. He deserves all our praises, it is by his Grace and Mercy we are not consumed.
Ephesians 5: 15-17 NIV states:
*15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is*
Throughout Ephesians 5 verses 8 to 20 it spoke about how we should be different from those in the dark and the fruit of those who are in the light (in Christ) which consist of all goodness, righteousness and truth according to verse 9.
Now, let us check ourselves and deep something, if we want to build FAITH in GOD, we have to be children of the light, we have to draw towards him like a moth to the light. Also, the term “light” also represents guidance. If one is in darkness, they can’t see anything and are only led by what they can feel and that is usually panic and chaos. Whereas, those in the light walk in Christ and are intentional about knowing his ways, and it’s through this FAITH dwells in us. And that is because, as we walk in the light, we are simply telling God I can see your goodness, and I recognise it, therefore, I know the God that I serve, and I choose to have FAITH in you, for your works are perfect before me
Proverbs 12: 25 NIV states:
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
Anxiety- one of the common cages that have locked so many people up. It has brought a lot of fear around the lives of many. Anxiety is something that adds limitations where our options should be limitless because we have Christ.
I also know the effects of anxiety and how it can cage someone for a long time. And the fear it can create around almost everything because of an unpleasant situation. And one thing that has helped me is understanding that, I may not have control over everything, but I serve a God who is all knowing and never changes. That alone is empowering! In him, I have the power to overcome every anxiety because he has conquered the world!
But it is also important to surround yourself with those who are Christ-like and speak out of love and kindness. Not those that bring you down out of spite. You are in control of what you accept and what you shouldn’t stand. Leave toxic people and cultivate the brotherly love and open your eyes to God’s love. It is all around!!
Discloser: this doesn’t downplay those who suffer from anxiety. It is just a way for you to remember that Jesus loves you dearly