Are you battling anxiety, worry, and fear? Be encouraged. There is a pathway to peace. Read more for ways to talk back and win the battle against anxiety.
“I heard your voice in my head this morning,” my friend chuckled on the other end of the telephone.
“I hope that was a good thing!”
“It was. I woke up and it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest. It felt like I was having a heart attack, and I almost told my husband we needed to go to the emergency room to get checked out, but I knew with the stress of everything going on that it was anxiety.”
“So where did my voice come in?”
“I heard your voice saying, ‘You have no reason to be anxious. God’s got this, and you. Tell that anxiety to go away.’”
“Well, did you?”
“Yes, and it did. My heart rate settled back to normal!”
I chuckled as I responded, “Well I’m not sure if that was the Holy Spirit or me you heard replaying in your head, but either way, I’m glad you listened, and I’m glad it helped. Fear and anxiety are destructive and have no place in your life. You have power over them, as you proved to yourself.”
Speak out against the influence of fear and anxiety.
After we wrapped up our conversation, I thought back to the years that I accepted worry, fear, and anxiety, as an unwelcome tag-along passenger in the back seat of my life as if I had no say in the matter. Every day I drove to work with a boulder in the pit of my stomach, and tears streaming down my face plagued by anxiety when forced to face the overwhelm of the day.
I experienced dread as soon as I opened my eyes every morning, and I was plagued with body aches from carrying around the weight of the world that was never mine to shoulder.
That was until I realized that God had not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7), and I began to say “No!” to that spirit of fear. I began to take back my power and speak out against its influence, telling it instead that I had been given the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11).
I’m not suggesting that there aren’t times when we need to see doctors for help, but the enemy of our soul would like to paralyze us with worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, and dread, when God tells us to be anxious for nothing but instead to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6-7).
In Matthew 16:23 when Jesus told satan to get behind Him, He went on to tell satan that he was a stumbling block to Him:
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (Matthew 16:23)
Worry, fear and anxiety are stumbling blocks
That’s the way we need to view worry, fear, and anxiety as well: merely a stumbling block put in our path from the enemy, intended to take our eyes off God, our ultimate provider. Anxiety serves to distract and dissuade. But if we will keep our eyes on Him, He will smooth our path.
Just as Jesus spoke to satan and told him to get behind Him, and just as my friend did when she realized she was being encumbered with anxiety, we should do the same thing with anxiety, worry, and fear. It has no useful place in our lives.
Talk back to anxiety, worry, and fear!
Next time you find yourself battling with worry, fear, or anxiety, talk back to it! Tell it that it has no useful place in your life, that you aren’t willing to receive it, and that it must go, in Jesus’ name. Then remember to thank God that He promises to keep you in perfect peace when you keep your mind on Him.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3)
May I pray for you?
Father, you know many things cause us to take our eyes off you and worry. Help us to keep our eyes on you, to trust in you, so that we may stay in perfect peace. Anxiety has no place in our lives for you have promised to be our peace. We love you and appreciate you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Because of Him, #PeacePrevails!
Resource to Break Anxiety’s Grip
No question, we have a lot to worry about. Children, jobs, homes, health, finances, and more. The solution isn’t to rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety – as if we could. Instead, we need to recognize that anxiety originates from a spiritual influence and that we can fight back using the God-given weapons of power, love, and a sound mind.
We can discover true peace in an age of anxiety.
In Breaking Anxiety’s Grip, Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares her own story of emerging from the battle with anxiety as well as the stories of others. She reminds you of your identity as a follower of Christ and of the peace he promises you in spite of everything.
She provides tools to cope with the crushing emotional burden of anxiety now and, more importantly, shows you how to reclaim God’s peace as a way of life so that you can break anxiety’s grip.
Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com, Books-A-Million, and other fine book retailers.
Click here to learn more: Breaking Anxiety’s Grip.