Most people don’t know that anxiety was ever an area of struggle for me. To be honest, for most of my life it wasn’t. That changed DRASTICALLY during the pregnancy of my youngest back in 2015 and lasted through a season in 2016. I remember what it felt like. For me, it was a constant state of suffocation. I felt trapped. I felt isolated and misunderstood. The simplest little interruptions would immerse me into panic mode. There were days when I literally couldn’t function, days where I felt I couldn’t breathe.
What’s the Bible Got to do With It?
The Bible is full of all kinds of incredible wisdom for every circumstance, anxiety included. In fact, there are verses that refer to overcoming anxiety, fear, and worry all over the Bible; Old Testament and New.
Like this Psalm (61:1-3) for people breaking through anxiety:
“Hear my cry, O God; from the ends of the earth I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you are a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy…”
Or this one the person overcoming strongholds related to fear:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Or this one from the New Testament:
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12:22 – 24
God uses the Bible to equip us, to train up over-comers. Unfortunately people today tend to view the Bible as nothing more than a pretty little book. And because of that, they haven’t taken the time to learn or apply the strategies God give us for victory. They’re ill-equipped and struggling instead of equipped and overcoming.
The good news is, they can change that anytime.
The Back of the Bible
When I was first battling through the ins and outs of anxiety I really didn’t have the stamina to read deeply into the Bible. I didn’t have much in me push through a Bible Study or create a solid cohesive prayer strategy. But Because I knew that’s where my answer was going to come from, I made a choppy effort. It wasn’t anything deep or scholarly. In fact, it was about as cut and dry as a person could get. I opened my Bible to the concordance in the back, looked up the words peace and rest, and turned to the very first verse the concordance directed me to, Numbers 6:26;
“The Lord lift up His countenance upon you (look upon you with favor) And give you peace.”
Then I went to the next verse listed:
“I will both lie down in peace and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Speaking What You Know
Each day I would go to the back of my Bible and look up look up keywords that would encourage me to step out of the chains of anxiety and into God’s freedom. Words like joy, hope, help, strength, peace, rest and health.
And this next part is key. Once I had a collection of verses, I started to read them. Sometimes in my head, sometimes out loud. Sometimes I’d sing them, sometimes I’d preach to myself about them. And eventually, I began to believe them. I began to believe that these verses I was praying, these power thoughts (as Joyce Meyer calls them), really did have tremendous power!
I’m not going to lie, there are still times when anxiety tries to sneak its way back into my life. But I’m equipped now. I know what God’s Word has to say about anxiety and fear. There’s no place for it in my life. And now I’m confident enough now to look anxiety in the eye and tell it to get lost. “I am a daughter of the King, my mind belongs to God and frankly, Anxiety, there’s no room for you here.” *Slams door in face.* It’s that simple.
So listen, if you’re struggling with anxiety and you’re ready to be free from it, grab a Bible and start digging! Treating the symptoms is one thing. Bringing healing to the root of the issue, that is a God thing.
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