As Christians, the key to learning how to overcome anxiety attacks is acknowledging you must first give it to God. We need to solely rely on and trust that God gives us the tools we need to accomplish this in His word! That being said what do you do when anxiety attacks due to triggers from your past?
Have you found yourself in a situation that has possibly caught you completely off guard? If so, did it leave you with overwhelming panic and fear? Was fighting anxiety with the promises found in God’s word far from thoughts?
Trust me, this post is a reminder for myself as well because anxiety is something I struggle with more than I care to admit. That being said, let’s choose to overcome anxiety together.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
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How to Overcome Anxiety Attacks and Give It To God
Very recently I found myself fighting an anxiety attack impossible. It was a moment that brought back old fears and insecurities like a crashing wave pulling me under. I couldn’t breathe! Everything I learned on how to overcome anxiety fled my mind.
If you have read my personal testimony you are well aware that I was in an abusive marriage for almost fifteen years of my life. That experience has left me broken and shattered to a degree that affects me to this day in many ways. For the most part, I deal with it quite well. Well, at least I thought I did.
That is until I found myself unexpectedly in a not so good scenario. I quickly found myself cowering in the corner trying my best to keep from trembling and falling apart. I hadn’t had an anxiety attack hit me like this in years! By the way, I Lost!
What does God say about Fighting anxiety and Fear?
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
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
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
Anxiety and Fear can fill us with worry and dread, therefore, causing us to disobey our trust in God. Not only this, but it’ll rob us of our peace and joy. Are you aware the phrase “fear not” is used at least 80 times in the Bible? It’s crucial to learn how to overcome anxiety!
Separate yourself from the source of anxiety
See Friends I usually do whatever I have to avoid confrontation of any kind with anyone! Period! First, I hate it because it brings back too many unpleasant memories for me and pretty much keeps to myself to avoid it altogether.
I believe I’m “safe” if I keep others at a distance so they will not have the ability to physically harm me again. EVER!! In my thinking, this scenario is the best way for me how to overcome anxiety. When in reality it’s actually avoidance which isn’t healthy. We must learn the importance of taking every thought captive.
If I find myself around people that are showing any signs of becoming angry, aggressive, demanding, or confrontational, trust me, I get away as quickly as possible. It makes me extremely nervous and I’m not gonna give specifics (so please respect that) by not asking for details but I will share this much with you.
I had an encounter recently with an individual that reminded me so much of my ex-husband’s behavior pattern that I was more than ready to bolt. I have seen the anger, resentment, and raging behavior, almost instantly. The longer I was around this individual anxiety crept it’s a claw, into my whole being.
Don’t fight anxiety in your strength
When I was finally alone I was not in the best frame of mind, and that is an understatement! I’m ashamed to be admitting that but it’s the truth. I need to learn how to stop feeling anxious in these types of situations.
Give it to God First and Foremost
I’m a child of God and I should have been stronger than that! Where I went wrong was when I didn’t give it to God in the first place! I should have prayed for God to remove the overwhelming panic and fear that had me fighting anxiety in the first place.
Trust God Promises not to be afraid
I should NOT have allowed the fear in my mind to replace the faith and assurance that I have in my heart and I let God down by not calling on him to fill me with His Peace! I didn’t even think at the time that God is my strong tower the one whom I can cling to because I couldn’t get past what was in front of me!!
Don’t Panic and Stay Calm
I have not had this type of fear and reaction in quite some time. Maybe it was due to the fact I have not had to worry about this type of behavior since leaving the abusive relationship I was in.
As a result by the time I got alone, I couldn’t shake what was happening with me. My whole body was shaking and trembling and I couldn’t get it to stop.
I remember saying over and over again I thought the individual was going to hit or harm me. A friend of mine was trying their best to bring me back to reality. To be honest, I don’t know how long they had their hands on my shoulders while telling me, “Angie, look into my eyes, you’re safe now.”
Don’t give in to fear
Friends, I was a complete mess! Could it have been a panic attack? I don’t know maybe. Possibly an anxiety attack? Again, I’m not sure. I realize how to overcome anxiety is when you give it to God!
I have the most loving gentle kind and compassionate man in my life now and I do NOT fear him because he’s NEVER given me a reason to feel threatened by him in anyway shape or fashion. I thank God that He knew who I needed in my life and sent him my way.
Avoid feelings of failure
Furthermore, what’s so bad about this particular incident is many people witnessed my meltdown. I feel ashamed, embarrassed, and humiliated. Do they think I’m crazy? Do they understand why I reacted, the way I did? Will they think less of me?
Give it to god
When I think back on how to overcome anxiety my first thought is why did I allow this to affect me the way it did Friends? I thought I was stronger than that! I love how the Holy Spirit works. Deep down in my heart, I already knew the answer. Fear is an ever-present reminder for someone who’s been in abusive situations. As hard as I fight it sometimes I lose.
Don’t let Satan have the upper hand
Sadly, I tried to handle the situation in my own strength. Fear had its grip on me instead of allowing God’s peace to sustain me. When we do this it opens the door wide open for Satan to have us doubting God’s protection over us. False assumptions and accusations will fill our minds with his lies.
Avoid being prideful and accept help
Instead, I let pride get in the way of allowing others to help me. This is because I didn’t want to be seen as weak and I should have separated myself from it to start with.
As a result, if another issue like this arises I know who I MUST turn to first and foremost! My Redeemer, My Rock, My Fortress! That is God Almighty and him alone Friends!
I messed up BIG TIME and I need to be honest with myself and you and admit that. When this happens again I need to take my own advice on overcoming the spirit of fear from abuse.
Sweet Friend, I want you to know that I have a resource page titled help for abused women that go into detail various kinds of abuse. Please check it out and refer back to it when needed.
How to Overcome Anxiety from a Biblical Perspective
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
For I, the Lord your God will hold your right hand, Saying to you, Fear not, I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father.” Romans 8:15
In Conclusion on How to Overcome Anxiety Attacks and Give It To God
To begin with, God is the one whom we can always depend on who will be there for us no matter the situation. On this particular day of fighting anxiety, I let God down when I didn’t give it to God!
I would love to tell you this will be the ONLY time I let God down but that not biblical nor is it the truth. I let God down on a daily basis because I am NOT perfect and I will make one mistake after another.
The best part is I have a savior Jesus Christ who took the penalty that I deserve so I can be made righteous before God. This is a promise that I cling to!
Resources: Both courses below are offered by my friend Sunshyne Gray.
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