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Anxiety That Turns to Blood

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There's a reaction to circumstances that can be weighty and intense and emotionally uncomfortable and still not be sinful. It's possible for us to experience dark moments or anticipate impending dark moments, be disturbed or massively rattled by them, and yet still not sin. 
 
There are moments in life that are going to overwhelm us. We're not always going to be able to react to circumstances without strain or emotional sabotage. 
 
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus anticipated the weight of the wrath of God poured out on him on the cross. All of our sins were placed on the sinless Savior and all of God's wrath was violently poured out on Jesus. 
 
Jesus prayed that the cup of God's wrath would be removed. Jesus was rattled in his human state. He knew what was awaiting him. He knew every detail. He understood the unprecedented pain. The crown of thorns. The nails. The mocking and scourging. The momentary disconnect with the Father. 
 
Pain. 
 
Loneliness.
 
Anxiety. 
 
Jesus' reaction was so visceral that blood vessels around his sweat glands constricted and as the stress passed through the blood vessels ruptured and blood streamed down his face.
 
Jesus experienced a really dark moment. 
 
Unprecedented. 
 
However, Jesus' stress didn't last forever. Neither did his anxiety distract him from fulfilling the will of God. He moved forward. Jesus bled and died for you and for me.
 
Are you stressed? Are you anxious? It doesn't have to mean that you're being sinful. It might just mean that you're being stretched. 
 
Just don't let it distract you from moving forward. Trust the Lord. His will is perfect. 
 
You Are Loved!

Let Fear Serve You

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How often does fear hold you back? How many times this week alone, and it's only Wednesday, has fear held you back from taking a step forward? 
 
Fear paralyzes. You know that. But maybe you didn't realize that fear magnifies. It does. Fear makes problems appear larger than they really are. 
 
There's power in fear. Actually, it's kind of like fire. Fire in a fireplace performs a wonderful purpose of warming a house or creating an intimate atmosphere for you and a special person. Fire on your carpet and roaring through your kitchen cabinets is a very real problem. 
 
Fear has to be controlled. Fear must serve you. If fear controls you, then fear is going to burn through your soul and destroy your energy, your faith, and your enthusiasm for life. 
 
However, if you control fear, or better yet, if you channel your fear onto its proper object then fear will actually serve you. 
 
Fear can actually work in your favor. If fear magnifies then fear can truly be an asset. It's a gift that can actually right size or enlarge the best things in life, or the greatest person in your life. And the greatest person in your life is Jesus Christ. He grows larger and more awesome when you fear Him.  
 
So, place your fear on the Lord. Why? Because when you fear the Lord, you magnify the Lord. He grows. His attributes grow. 
 
And the end result is that the Lord becomes larger, way larger, than your problems. 
 
So, be encouraged and let fear serve you. 
 
You are Loved! 

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