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Oscar Wilde once famously said that the only way to deal with temptation was to give in. The moralist, whom he was jabbing with this statement, is predictably disturbed by it. On the other hand, what if we think about anxiety instead of, say, lust. Isn’t that precisely what we tend to do with anxiety?

Two verses that merit attention:

His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
And he will be held with the cords of his sin

Proverbs 5:22

Whatever is not of faith is sin.

Romans 14:23

Maybe another group fits here too:

Let us therefore be diligent to enter into [His] rest.

Hebrews 4:11

Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.

Hebrews 4:16

I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins
no more.

Hebrews 8:12

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith

Hebrews 12:1,2

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe

Hebrews 12:28

For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

Hebrews 13:14

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Hebrews 13:15

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