Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart. Lovers of God give good advice to their friends, but the counsel of the wicked will lead them astray. Proverbs 12: 25-26 TPT
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Stop worrying. Think instead of what brings you gladness. Our focus must never be on what we can’t change but on the everlasting joy we have in Christ. Sometimes we have to find the life-giving word of encouragement rising up in our own hearts. This is the secret of finding perpetual encouragement by the word that lives in us.
Stop worrying. It’s easier said then done some times! To help settle those feelings of anxiety when they begin to rise, focus on what brings you gladness. My trick is to stop looking at what is worrying me and to just focus on the Lord and His promises to me.
He promises to be my strength and He promises to turn all things to good for those who love Him. As long as I remember these promises, fear will melt away, worrying will cease and anxiety will no longer rear its ugly head. It is how we turn our focus from what we can’t change to the everlasting joy we have in Christ.
Most times we seek out external advice and encouragement when we find ourselves going through something difficult. We do need each other but the Lord also wants us to be able to fill our minds and our hearts with His wisdom and love so that when we begin to feel ourselves becoming downhearted we can look within ourselves to find that life-giving word of encouragement that we need to lift us up again.
Hiding the word of God in our minds and in our hearts is key. We can store His wisdom there for when we need it the most. It becomes our well spring for life. Not only will we be able to find life-giving words of encouragement for ourselves but we will also be an encouragement to others around us. We become the lovers of God who give good advice to their friends, verse 26.