“Anxiety and worry are both attacks on the mind intended to distract us from serving the Lord. The enemy also uses both of these torments to press our faith down, so it cannot rise up and help us live in victory” (Joyce Myer, Battlefield of the Mind).
Imagine that you have been out of work for a few months and you finally receive the break through you have been praying and working for; a call scheduling a job interview. As nearly every human being, you are nervous about the interview. This is understandable. There are other people interviewing for the position, you have never met the interviewers and you really need a job. After you nail the interview and have been selected for the position, you start thinking of all the things that could go wrong on your first day.
This is just a snippet of what occurs on a daily basis for someone struggling with anxiety. There are different forms of anxiety, but “Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things” (DBSA). At some point, we all have probably experienced events or situations that caused us to have anxiety. The alert signals when it becomes a natural part of our everyday lives.
I recall times when I would just be overwhelmed with worry and not necessarily about what had already occurred, but what might happen. My focus was distraught because so many thoughts were flooding my mind until it was utter chaos. My heart would start beating extra fast. I felt like I just needed to escape, but there was no place to take shelter from myself.
The enemy does not want us to experience the fruit of peace. He tries to keep us distracted by making our minds fixated on chaos, rather than the peace that surpasses all understanding; Jesus. When people would minister God’s Word to me, it would give me such peace. I knew that I had to wrapped my mind in the the Word of God and start verbally speaking his Word whenever I would start to worry about things. This allowed me to remove and hinder chaos from entering my mind. Then, I was able to focus on the positive things about my situations and actually rejoice about receiving good news; instead of, making a mental list of all the things that could go wrong with a good report.
If you deal with anxiety, I encourage you to read and meditate on God’s Word. Focused on what God declares and speak it. Fear has to submit to God’s authority. Some of my favorite verses about anxiety are:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” Matthew 6:25
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose mind is stayed on thee”. Isaiah 26:3
“Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7
Evangelist Shulanda J. Hastings,
Christian Counselor and Healthy Minds Coach
Promoting Healthy Minds!