Anxiety Robs Confidence

Ok, it’s time for a message.  Anxiety robs confidence!  Hebrews 13:5 says “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said “I will never leave you nor forsake you””.  A few years ago I studied for six months and took a 400 question, six hour test for a professional certification I needed for my work. There were over two hundred people gathered together with me on the day of the test.  Half of them walked out of the testing center after only two hours- discouraged because the test was not easy.  I was one of the last people to finish.  At first I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of questions and the things I needed to know.  But I knew I had diligently studied and prepared myself; I was happy going into the test so I knew I would be happy coming through it.  I passed that test but I learned more from the Lord than from the test.  He is always by our sides during the times we are tested; we are not alone.  He generally does not talk while we are taking the test; we cannot hear Him clearly when we are noisy; and our anxieties and our angers and our emotions generally make it more difficult to get through the tests we face.  We cannot find the solution to some things because our anxiety and emotions robs our confidence.  Finally because we react and respond to our problems as if we are alone, we look in all the wrong places for solutions to problems that are not there.  The Lord is not our test; but He is our answer and He is always there.  When you feel like you are being tested, as much as is within you – remain calm.  Your Teacher is always there.  He has given you three things that will ensure you get through your test; a Spirit of power that will enable you to humbly overcome; and a Spirit of Love that will change your attitude and remind you of who you are and a Spirit of a sound mind that will help you focus on the right things.  These three He gives you because He will never leave nor forsake you.  Anxiety, anger and emotions make you forget who you are, so you forget what you know, so you don’t know what to do.  The Spirit of Power and Love and a Sound mind helps us understand that with Christ, we don’t get out of things but we go through things.  And these are things that make us better as we make things around us better. Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.