Dealing with Anxiety
Emotions have a big effect on our lives. Many times we’re so filled with emotions that we become anxious. However, GOD provided emotions so we can enjoy life and relate to other people. When we allow our emotions to control us, we’re more likely to harm others, especially through anger.
Anxiety, nonetheless, is not a sin. However, the Lord wants us to be in peace. Living in constant dread is not a good life to live. Life can bring uncertainty, and many people don’t understand how to control their emotions when hard times come.
What is anxiety? This word in the New Testament means “to be distracted or pulled apart.” So, then, this would be the opposite of peace. Anxiety means to be in dread, uncertainty, or apprehension. It can be caused by past, present, or future events or possibilities. Anxiety can be a fear of not being in control (over a certain situation or even a person).
Anxiety can steal our joy, and has a negative effect over every area of our lives. One of the reasons is because it divides our minds in to two different directions, making it difficult to focus on important matters. It also decreases our productivity, because we’re distracted with worry that we can’t give anything else our best effort.
Anxiety is hard to keep to yourself. When we’re filled with anxiety/fear, we place a burden on the people around us. It’s impossible for us to be anxious and peaceful at one time. Therefore, let this exhausting syndrome called anxiety out of your life, and start focusing on GOD’s peace and will for your life that you can find in His Word.
Sources of Anxiety
There are many sources of anxiety,but realize that GOD is not the creator of anxiety and that it shouldn’t fit within our identity in Christ. We’re commanded to trust GOD, according to Matthew 6:25-26.
- Legitimate issues can be one of the causes. For example, your job can be difficult sometimes, and it can cause you to worry about how much work you have to do. Or maybe you forgot to study for an exam, so now you’re anxious on whether or not you’ll pass.
- Unacknowledged issues can be problematic, as they can take root in our hearts and cause long-term emotional and physical problems. Some people will actually choose to live in misery because they can’t resolve whatever issue it is plaguing their heart. Solve your problems and don’t fear anymore.
In order to truly resolve anxiety,you need to get to the root of the problem. Money is one of the biggest anxieties that plague people, especially in their bright ideas for success or in their marriage. If you take the emphasis and worry off of money, and start focusing on just getting the work done and moving forward with your goals – the anxiety will leave you. There are other root problems that people need to discover and rid themselves from.
Much of the solution can be found in Philippians 4:4-7:
- First, we should bring our worries to GOD and lay them at His feet. Whatever is troubling you, ask in prayer, and the Lord will come to your aid – because He’s good and His mercy endures forever (Psalm 100:5). Openly acknowledge your fears and concerns before the Lord.
- Come to the Lord in thanksgiving, a grateful heart. You may not feel grateful in the current situation, still express to Him the thanks He deserves. If it weren’t for Him, you wouldn’t be breathing, have a heart beat, or even be able to worry or fear.
- Remember that the Lord loves you unconditionally and works things out for your good (Romans 8:28-29), He has the desire and the power to help you in your time of need, and He has promised to relieve you of all of your worries.
- Anxiety is a battle of faith, because you must believe that GOD will replace your anxieties with peace. If you surrender all of your concerns into His loving hands, He will comfort you to no end!
To truly be free, give up all of your worries and fears to the Lord, and He will help you. Sometimes the burden is too heavy to carry, but there is peace in everything if you go searching for it.