Anxiety overtook me. I was waking up at night with panic attacks, I was on anxiety medication, and I was becoming a different person. Anxiety captivated my every thought. It affected my relationship with my wife, my work in youth ministry, and my walk with God. There were times I found it hard to breathe, and I would be flooded with overwhelming fear. But I’m here to tell you that anxiety is a stronghold that can be broken. It doesn’t have to overtake you. It doesn’t have to cause problems with your family or with your friends. Jesus is bigger than your anxiety.
I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.
My wife placed key Scriptures on index cards all throughout our house to remind me of God’s love and promises. I read them daily and was reminded that my anxiety is not bigger than my God. For example, Matthew 6:27 says, “Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying?” Anxiety stole my joy and robbed me of the abundant life Jesus promised. But God’s Word constantly reminded me to seek after Him instead of what I was worrying about. I had been too focused on my anxiety rather than on God.
Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God’s kingdom first. Even when anxiety comes, our faith can be a shield to us, and then we won’t have any problem seeking God even in the midst of life’s struggles. We are of more value than the birds of the sky (v. 26) and the wildflowers of the field (v. 28). We can trust that Jesus is more than able to take care of us. We can rest assured that He who conquered death can conquer our anxiety.
How has anxiety kept you from experiencing the life God promised us? Ask Jesus to take your anxiety and break its stronghold in you.
This article is an excerpt from Stand Firm: God’s Challenge for Today’s Man
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