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Anxiety is something we have all too often felt and it’s something that Jesus urges believers not to give in to (Matthew 6:25).
In order to understand how to deal with anxiety, you need to understand what anxiety is and who God is, how God responded to the Israelites anxiety in Babylon and lastly how God is responding in the same way to your anxiety, today.
How Anxiety Links to Unbelief
I don’t know if it’s just me, but, in society, anxiety seems to be presented as this ‘innocent’ feeling.
I mean it’s genuine right?
It’s doesn’t seem as intense as anger, it’s not lust, it’s just worrying but, what if I told you that anxiety actually links to pride and unbelief?
Anxiety is an attack from the enemy and when you indulge in it, you give the devil foothold (Ephesians 4:27). It’s the fiery arrows Paul told us about in Ephesians 6:16 that can only be combatted by faith.
Anxiety says that "I am my own god", because, if you believed in God’s word and the truth of who He is, then what reason would you have to be anxious?
But, if your life is in your hands, then who could blame you for being anxious?
This is why I say that anxiety can link to pride, which links to unbelief, because if you actually believed that God is as holy and righteous and good and trustworthy as He says He is, then you’d have no need to believe in the lies of the enemy that can come in the form of anxiety, whispering to you "Don’t believe in what God says; listen to what I say".
You fight this anxiety by sitting down and resting in the one who’s already won the fight.
So, chillax, like, for real.
God’s Response to The Israelites Anxiety
In Isaiah 40:27 and Isaiah 49:14, it seems that the Israelites were having doubts about God, that they were anxious in Babylon because they thought God had turned His face away from them and no longer saw their troubles.
'Israel, why then do you complain that the LORD doesn't know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice? '
Isaiah 40:27 GNB
The Israelites were moulding God’s character based on their circumstances not what was written in His word.
They were tired of being slaves in a foreign land and were worried that God had left them because it looked like He had.
God’s response to them through the Prophet Isaiah is to compare their strength to His strength:
Humans are grass (Isaiah 40:6); God is eternal (Isaiah 40:28).
Humans are like lambs (Isaiah 40:11); God is like a shepherd.
What was happening here was that Isaiah was reminding the Israelites of the reality of who God is and urging them not to put their strength in something as weak as themselves, but to put their trust in the sovereignty and inexhaustible nature of God.
This is one of the most encouraging scriptures in the Bible because it reminds us of our lack of strength and the abundance of strength in God.
If we trust in our own strength, we will grow weary (Isaiah 40:30); if we trust in God’s strength, we will never grow weary (Isaiah 40:31).
This stark contradiction brings us back to reality.
Trusting ourselves is stupid and it’s prideful. When we allow sin to dwell in us and indulge in things like anxiety, then trusting an unknown situation to a known God starts to look stupid because sin, when in a man, makes a man stupid.
So… How Do I Deal With Anxiety?
1. Affirming the truth of who God is through His word
We know anxiety doesn’t come from the word of God; it comes from what Satan says.
Jesus in the wilderness combated what Satan said with what God said and Satan fled (James 4:7).
Here are 10 Bible Verses that will help:
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Peter 5:7
2. Fight By Resting In God/Pause
When the seas were frantic in Mark 4:39, Jesus commanded the sea to be still.
In Psalms 46:10, we’re commanded to ‘Be still and know that I am God’.
When I am anxious, when my thoughts are frantic, I pause. I pause to gather my thoughts, to realize the reality of who God is, to calm my soul and in doing that I realize how foolish I was to be anxious in the first place.
When I started trying to ‘Be Still’, I started through the Pilgrimage Prayer Podcast with Joshua Luke Smith.
I continued to learn about pausing through Pete Greig’s book ‘How To Pray’ and I’m still learning how to silence my frantic thoughts and my soul through simply being still and resting in the peace and joy that Jesus brings.
3. Understand The Root Of Your Anxiety.
In Trip Lee’s book ‘Rise’, he mentions how it’s not good to do things and not know why you do them. Therefore, it’s not good to constantly have anxious thoughts and not understand why you have them.
When you understand the root of your anxiety, whether it’s money, body image, fear, something you saw on Instagram, etc., you can find something in the Bible, whether it’s a poem or a narrative or a truth about who God is, that will combat this dart of anxiety that’s trying to take your mind away from Christ.
Then after understanding the reason why you’re anxious, you can cast that worry unto God (Psalms 55:22), instead of being beaten up by a battle that’s already been fought.
The spirit that overcame anxiety (John 16:33) now lives in you so, you don’t have to give in. You can resist because the power that was tempted just as you are (Hebrews 4:15) and did not give in, now lives in you.
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