Anxiety usually comes in like a flood in the morning. My mind races–thoughts faster than Nascar cars on a race track–one after the other trying to solve my problems.
I’m convinced that anxiety is a spiritual attack from Satan, the devil. The results of anxiety is stamped with his hallmark: (1) steal, (2) kill, and (3) destroy. John 10:10 tells us that “the thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, kill, and destroy.” In like manner, anxiety steals, kills, and destroys your peace, your joy, and your trust in God.
In my opinion, in order for anxiety to grow, it must feed off of pride, unbelief, and distrust of God.
For example, when a problem triggers anxiety in me, the first thing I do is think about how I’m going to fix it. What can I do to solve it? Thought after thought. Scenario after scenario. And when all of my solutions lead to dead ends, the anxiety increases.
The worry. The doubt. The frustration. The unrest…grows.
I can’t solve the problem in my mind so I start thinking about what’s going to happen as a result. It’s always the worse possible outcome.
Pride. Unbelief. Distrust.
Not once did I think about God. Not once did I think about bringing my problems to the One who I believe is the Lord of my life and of heaven and earth. The One who can do all things. The One who can make a way out of no way.
In John 10:10, Jesus contrasts Himself with the devil. Jesus stated that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but He came that we would have life and have it more abundantly.
When we believe in Jesus, He saves us and gives us eternal life. His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension defeated the devil and destroyed the power of the devil’s work (sin and death) in our lives.
Therefore, the victory over anxiety is found in our belief in and relationship with Jesus Christ.
When anxiety comes, draw near to God:
- Read God’s Word (The Bible). God’s Word is living and active. It is working right now to accomplish what God has set for it to accomplish so it doesn’t return to Him void. God’s Word is truth. Because anxiety is rooted in lies from the father of lies, we must combat anxiety with the truth of God’s Word.
When you read God’s Word, meditate upon who God is and who He has promised to be to you. For example:
- God is faithful (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
- God takes care of those who trust in Him (Nahum 1:7).
- Jesus will not leave us as orphans but will come to us through the Holy Spirit (John 14:18).
- God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
- And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
2. Pray to God. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Praying to God, and believing that He will answer according to His will and His timing, brings peace to your heart and mind.
3. Worship God. The devil wants you to focus on your problems so you can go further down the rabbit hole of despair, anxiousness, confusion, frustration, and unrest. Take your focus off of your problem and put it on God. Praise, worship, and magnify the One who can solve the problem!
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤️