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When Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety afflicts countless amount of people and is one of the most common and distressing causes of suffering. Christians are not immune to it. Those suffering from anxiety can experience intense feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and various other symptoms. Anxiety is often triggered by life circumstances and can pull you into a pit. There are numerous Biblical references in regards anxiety. Scripture describes the struggles of people who suffered from anxiety, even though they were faithful servants of God.


Even kings suffered from anxiety. King David was “a man after God’s own heart” Acts 13:22. Israel’s most illustrious, giant killer (in his youth) – and yet he was also a man given to anxiety amid his suffering. As related in some of the Psalms, the anxieties of David stem from any of several probable causes. If you have ever been anxious, you know the symptoms: faintness heart, endless days, sleepless nights, tears, obsessive fear, and numbness, to name a few. As you read the Psalms, you realize that King David experienced many of the same anxiety symptoms. Yet, even during his anxiety, David was still able to praise God.


"A Christian's freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care." — John Stott

As Christians, we tend to think that we are immune to bad things happening in our life, but the Bible is clear in John 16:33 "...I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


David went through hardships before being King. Even while he was King, that still didn't absent him from going through difficult times. Realizing that, was one of the most healing realizations I've had, to overcome anxiety. Notice, how I didn't say MY anxiety, and it has a simple explanation.


We should not take possession of something that God did not give us.

As it is written in 2 Timothy 1:7 "...for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."


How do we deal with anxiety?

Perhaps before we can answer the question, we need to understand the bigger picture. Our brain and spiritual soul are inter-dependent in ways that we cannot fully see. This means there's physical and spiritual strategies that deal with the condition of our brain and soul. God can heal both types of anxiety. It is up to us to discern and seek wise counsel for the best path to take.


The first step to becoming free from anxiety is to give your life to Jesus Christ. Once you’ve taken this step, the next is to practice fixing your thoughts on Christ and his promises Hebrews 3:1


In the battlefield of our minds, we are to practice awareness of our thoughts and take them captive

2 Corinthians 10:5 "We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ..."


ASK FOR HELP!


There are two professionals that is recommendable to combat anxiety. Your Doctor and your Pastor/Leader. Once you’ve visited your doctor to find out if it’s a chemical imbalance in your brain, the next step is your Pastor/Leader for spiritual guidance, accountability, and prayer.


BE STILL


Anxiety crops up when we least expect it. It happens when we’ve put too much on our plates. When we pile on the hustle, the phrase '"I'm too busy", the doing too much, the too many yeses. Our body response to those things is to shut down in ways we don’t expect. God didn’t design us to uncontrollably hustle 24/7.


He designed us to be still and know Psalm 46:10 — to "Be still" means to rest in God’s presence. This verse wasn’t written in the context of taking a spa day. It was written in the context of war. The meaning of the Psalm 46 is to STOP! cease striving and stop fighting on our own strength.


It means to acknowledge who our God is and be in awe of him. Daily we should learn to be still before our Lord. It keeps the world from spinning off its axis within our minds. That means to become un-busy, to not hustle.


We are to prioritize our time with God

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are the good habits I need to start doing?

  • What are the bad habits I need to stop doing?

  • What are my weaknesses?

  • What are my strengths?

  • How can I begin to apply this to my life?

here are a few tips that will improve your physical well-being: rest, exercise, a good sleep schedule, a healthy diet, etc.


... AND KNOW


I had anxiety for over a year and a half and it was living in fear during the day and many sleepless nights. The feeling of constant worry, endless crying, and panic attacks became an every day thing. If you are going through something similar or maybe even worse, I want to let you know that God removed all the anxiety from my life. He did it with me, He definitely can do it with you.


The Bible says in Psalm 46:10 to “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” — we have to learn to first "be still" and then we will know that He is God.


His name is above all names, God is above all anxiety.

You may be experiencing a storm in your life and you feel that Jesus is sleeping and not doing anything about it. Let's have faith and be still because God is still God. He freed His people from 400 years of slavery, He doesn't want anxiety to hold you captive. You are a child of God, and He cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 "... casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milena is a Christian influencer, business owner, youth leader, and founder of "I Have Something to Share" , where she focus on bringing transparency on how to live as a Christian and face daily struggles and hardships.


She loves sharing her testimony & helping others in their walk with Jesus, understanding that even if we encounter problems and difficult circumstances, that doesn't mean that God isn't with us.

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