Anxiety-Producing Experiences, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 2)

Psalm 37:1… “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity” (KJV). The word fret as used here refers to being incensed in the inner man. Evildoers do not carry a sign saying “Beware, I’m an evildoer.” Our nation is full of evildoers. However, very often the one that does evil against you is your own friend who knows you inside and out. Many people tell their friends too much, and it backfires on them. This may be your “anxiety-provoking experience.” Micah 7:5 says, “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the door of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom” (KJV). Here are many things in life that can make you incensed, and sickness lingers until you learn to pray and to forgive those who have hurt you.

Psalm 37:7“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (KJV). Envy, lust, jealousy and resentment can be your anxiety-provoking experiences. God wants you to do well. Look to Him, not to someone who may have more than you have. Envy causes your goals and visions to remain unfulfilled. Envy can cause bitterness, and bitterness can keep you from being healed. The other person’s prosperity may be the Lord’s blessing upon him for reasons you know nothing of. A good question is, why are you unhappy because someone else is doing well?

Psalm 37:8…Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil” (KJV). Your “anxiety-provoking experience” may be wanting to get even with someone. You are actually doing it in your heart even though there is no outward manifestation of it. If you don’t watch it, it will turn into hate. Many times people try to right what they think is a wrong in someone else and it does more harm than good. Their intentions may look good; however, they are doing wrong, and their goals and expectations are being kept on the back burner (by the Lord). In Numbers 12, Miriam, along with Aaron, spoke against Moses because years before he had married an Ethiopian woman. Moses had been out of sight for the past eighty years. Israel was already out of Egypt via the Red Sea and enjoying their deliverance when Miriam decided to straighten things out. She became a leper for a time. This would never have happened to her if she had not fretted against Moses for marrying a woman of a different culture. Are you angry at someone? Are you fretting and wanting to get even? It’s not worth it. Go on with your life serving the Lord. Fretting may be one of the causes of delayed healing and of unfulfilled goals. Confess it to the Lord and you’ll soon feel better physically and spiritually. Before you know it you will abound with health and joy and a completed vision.

Pastor George Belobaba

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