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The Truth About Fighting Anxiety, Everybody Should Know

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Do you find yourself fighting anxiety like me sweet friend? Anxiety is something I have personally struggled with for as long as I can remember. As a born again child of God I know I shouldn’t let anxiousness get the best of me however this is easier said done.

The sad part is when well-meaning Christians say, “Angie, you’re just lacking faith and trust in God!” This is not true, so I’m here to tell you the truth about fighting anxiety everybody should know.

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What is Anxiety and How Do We Fight It?

Let’s start with the definition first and foremost. Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.

It often includes panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sadly, anxiety disorders are on the rise which makes it critical for the Church to understand and help those who are struggling with fighting anxiety in their lives.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

Is Anxiety a Lack of Faith?

In all honesty in today’s world is it any wonder we can find ourselves fighting anxiety every day? We live in a cruel and dark world where Satan’s lies and schemes will distract us from the promises of God, therefore, leaving us with fighting anxiety.

“Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.”—Anonymous Click To Tweet

As Christians, we know God’s truth and we trust in the promises of God, yet we still struggle and can find ourselves trapped in fear when fighting anxiety. Yet the truth of the matter is much of what we spend our time worrying about never even happens.

Is Anxiety a Sin?

Any Christian GAD sufferer will tell you about the category difference between our faith and our physicality. It is entirely normal to be experiencing significant levels of anxiety on a ‘sight’ level whilst living a life of faith; trusting wholeheartedly in the promises of God.

Recently I found an article on fighting anxiety: Source…The Mind and Soul Foundation

Biblically it seems that there is absolutely no case to suggest that you cannot both be anxious and faithful to God. In fact, these two tracks of what is happening in the physical and the spiritual seem to be prerequisites to demonstrations of faith.

Take Psalm 56:3 as an example. It doesn’t say, “When I was afraid,” but “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Anxiety and trust co-exist. Equally, Paul attests to this duality when he says, “For we live by faith, not by sight.”(2 Corinthians 5:7)

This has been my own experience, but it has also been evident in the lives of thousands of other anxious Christians who by virtue of their struggles largely reflect a deeper level of trust and commitment to God than those untouched by diffuse anxiety.

Can You Overcome Anxiety with God?

Sweet friend, YES we can “overcome anxiety” with God’s word. His scriptures speak truth to our fearful hearts and calm our anxiousness and worries. And as we choose to meditate on them, and pray them back to Him, we will be changed.

We’ll be set free from the burden of fear, the weight of worry, and anxiety. One of my favorite verses that have helped me numerous times when fighting anxiety is Isaiah 41:10.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

The words found in this verse is a reminder to our hearts, not to be anxious or fearful. God is with us. He is our God. God strengthens us. God helps us. God upholds us with His righteous right hand.

Nothing within this verse says it’s up to you and I to make it through somehow by leaning on our strength does it? It simply assures us that our God who never sleeps or slumbers, is at work, in us, through us, and He promises to hold us up. There’s no better, safer place to be than in the arms of God.

The Promises of God Brings Peace When Fighting Anxiety

Satan will always be a slithering snake and lure us towards anxiousness. That being said, God offers us a never-ending peace that can never be found without Him. When I start feeling anxious I will start fighting anxiety with the very words of God.

I want you to read God’s truth and soak them in as well. Read them over and over. Pray them out loud until they became familiar where you can use them like fiery darts at Satan.

There is power when speaking God’s word! His words are “life” words, soothing to our soul, calming to our spirits, giving power to our days.

It’s not always easy, and it often comes down to a choice:

  • Choosing not to allow anxiety to control our lives.
  • Choosing to guard our hearts.
  • Choosing to focus our minds on what is truth.

We might still feel anxious, but we can know without a shadow of a doubt that God is with us. We may not be in control, but we can trust our God who is!

Fighting Anxiety? God Is in Control

When anxiety keeps occupying too much room in our minds and in our hearts, God gives us the promise that He remains secure. He alone is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

No matter what we face, He hasn’t lost control. It may seem as if life is too chaotic and uncertain, but God remains steadfast, immovable, and strong. Nothing takes God unaware.

God is fully able to show Himself strong on our behalf, as we allow Him to do what only He can do. What seems impossible to us, is possible for our mighty God. God will accomplish far more than we could ever think or imagine.

Spiritual Help for Fighting Anxiety

Y’all, God longs to free us from “anxiousness” and wants to give us the peace that surpasses all understanding. Nothing the world can offer us can do this, even the people and things we love most. Nothing else can fill us with the true peace and hope that only comes from knowing Christ.

God is our burden lifter, sweet friend. The promises of God are alive and well today. I’ve seen God bring me through troubles time and time again. We can’t fight spiritual warfare on our own.

You and I need God’s more than capable hands to speak the following truths to us. I read this in a devotional and it’s the very promises of God!

“Let me carry it for you. I’ve got this burden, and nothing is too big for me to handle, so you can let go, and keep moving on strong. I’m paving your way, leading you forward out of stuck places, covering you in my care.

I’m filling you with peace, with greater joy, no matter what the pressures of the week have been. You can know full well that I understand your struggle and I am here.”

Bible Verses About Anxiety

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalms 46:2

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

God is Our Refuge and Fortress

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.

Nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place the Most High, who is my refuge.

No evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands, they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows my name.

When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. Psalms 91

Maybe you find yourself fighting anxiety or possibly panic attacks? Learn how to stop anxious thoughts before they start.

I’ve come to the realization that when you’re in a ministry wanting to reach others for the sake of the gospel.

Satan will use his biggest weapon to stop you from reaching more people for the Kingdom of God.

In Summary on The Truth About Fighting Anxiety, Everybody Should Know

Sweet friend, we need Bible Verses to Overcome Anxiety close for easy access.

We Can NOT allow Satan to defeat us with lies. With that being said, make the choice to look up and keep your eyes on Jesus and off the struggles that are making you anxious.

Put on the Armor of God and be in His presence, his word, and keep on keeping on! Will you consider reading a friend of mine posts about Christians and Depressions because Susan is an amazing writer?

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  1. Beautiful post, Angie. I am thankful that I have never struggled from the anxiety that you speak of. But I have known fear and these same scriptures work just as well. Through any of our struggles, we know that our loving God is there to offer us that peace and comfort that passes all understanding.

    1. Thank you so much, Wendy! You are so right and I am so thankful for God’s peace that surpasses ALL understanding! As always I appreciate you, our friendship, and your support of me very much!

  2. Wonderful post. I have always struggled with fear. It had never been debilitating and I’m grateful for that. I love that you pointed out that we can struggle and still have faith. God knows and provides the help we need and He never condemns.

    1. Thank you so much, Fleda. You are so right and I’m thankful God knows, provides, and doesn’t condemn as well! Where would we be without God’s sustaining mercy!

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