Be anxious but do not sin
A daily devotional by Gini Crawford, MSW
I was going to write a daily devotional on anxiety many years ago to encourage Christians who struggle with anxiety. I wanted to reassure them that anxiety isn't always sin, so they would stop condemning themselves. I also figured I had the Biblical and textbook knowledge to write one, since I have a counseling degree, and my expertise was sexual assault which is a severe driver of anxiety. However, life hit with its responsibilities and all, so I ended up only doing a devotional because of time. Yet, here I sit. We are in a social distancing mode from the 2020 Pandemic. I thought hey, this is a good time to enlarge the devotional on anxiety, because we are all anxious about something now.
This Daily Devotional called Be Anxious but Do Not Sin, consists of ten days. Each day talks about an aspect of anxiety either from a psychological textbook view, God's Word view or both, and how to deal with that aspect. A number of Bible verses relating to each day's theme are used, so you can apply it Biblically. It is very important that you read all the Bible passages. It will help you to grow greatly in your knowledge of God, to trust Him so you can calm your anxiety. Each day should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Don't forget to start each day in prayer, asking God to give you His wisdom on anxiety and how to calm it.
Table of Contents
Day 1 - Introduction to Anxiety
Introduction to Anxiety of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin introduces anxiety in this world and what will be in this devotional. From Psalm 139, you will learn God is absolutely with you through the ups and downs of life and your anxious struggles.
Day 2 - Anxiety Explained from a Psychological and Physical Point of View
Anxiety Explained from a Psychological and Physical Point of View of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin defines anxiety from a psychological and physical standpoint and gives examples of familiar anxious situations. You will learn of God's power from John 11, which is always there for you to overcome anxiety.
Day 3 - When Did Anxiety Start?
When Did Anxiety Start of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin explains how anxiety started in Genesis with the first sin. You will learn that God will never forsake or give up on you, which means He will always help you through every worrisome or anxious situation.
Life Brings Anxiety of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin discusses that the emotion of anxiety is commonplace in God's Word, using Job as an example. It explains five reasons when we are anxious that are not sin. Abnormal anxiety is looked at. Feelings of anxiety are looked at from God's Word.
Day 5 - Anxiety is Good at Times
Anxiety is Good at Times of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin describes four ways where anxiety could be called good for us. Psychopaths and their lack of anxiety is looked at. You will also learn about God's forgiveness, which can take away your anxiety from sin and give you peace of mind.
Day 6 - Reaction and Sinful Anxiety
Reaction and Sinful Anxiety of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin explains anxiety from two spectrums - reaction anxiety and sinful anxiety. Examples are given for both.
Transform the Mind of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin, explains with examples how anxiety starts in our mind, and can play tricks in our mind. It discusses how God's Word will transform us and our minds in wonderful ways to stop anxiety. You will practically learn how to relax with exercises and through God's Word.
Trust God of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin, defines what trusting in God means from Proverbs 3 and looks at the Hebrew word for trust. It uses Matthew 6 as an example of why we don't need to worry but can have faith in God to meet our needs. It describes that we can rely on God because He cares for us. You will realistically learn how to trust God.
Day 9 - Prayer, Philippians 4:6 Lived Out
Prayer, Philippians 4:6 Lived Out of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin, describes how to pray from Philippians 4:5b-7. It explains why you can be thankful for even your anxious cares - because of Who God is and what He has done for you. You will learn how to pray naturally, not in a phony way.
Day 10 - Jesus Christ and Anxiety
Jesus Christ and Anxiety of the daily devotional, Be Anxious But Do Not Sin, describes Jesus' reaction anxiety in the garden of Gethsemane. It explains how He dealt with His anxiety through prayer and trust, and how we can too by following His example. From Hebrews 4:14-16, you will learn you can pray and trust Jesus to get you through the worst of anxiety because of what He endured for you.
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