// Fear is wasting its time on me. Cause I’m free to shout it out. I will boldly sing of his love, and I won’t stop until the whole world hears. //
Jesus Changes Everything: Circuit Riders
Don’t be driven by fear, be driven by faith.
Round 3 of the panic room! Have you made it to this point? Whether it be the doubt we can’t seem to overcome (Doubting Dilemma) or maybe it’s just the past that we can’t seem to move pass (Haunted Hallucinations). One thing remains true. Jesus is with you. Now, today’s topic anxiety. The things that almost paralyze you.
When coming up with this topic I thought to myself. What makes me anxious? To be frank there are a couple of things. Then I prayed and the Lord showed me some deeper things I never even thought of. That’s what I want to share with you today.
At the top, I could tell you I’m anxious when I see snakes. I’m anxious when I’m waiting on test results. I’m anxious when I drive on narrow roads. To some, these may seem silly but to me they’re real. Never discount someone’s anxiety as a way of seeking attention. Many people fear heights, spiders or bugs in general, some animals, to others germs, some to blood, and to others public speaking. The list goes on and on and on. If it exists you can fear it. Even if it doesn’t exist you can fear it.
Now that doesn’t seem silly at all. To be afraid of what isn’t even there? Remember we are choosing not to find some’s trigger and the way they respond silly. Because just as we’ve spoken about in the past. We don’t know why someone reacts the way they do. We can’t know everyone’s story. Especially strangers, the people who you only meet or pass by once in your entire life.
Let me tell you about Princess. When I was younger in elementary school. I had a cat. Her name, Princess. We were given this cat to love and care for from a family friend. First pet ever, I was excited. Then as time went by this cat began to what I put “evil!” The cat would scratch for no reason. In the middle of the night, it would claw at your head. It was just downright evil. We ended up giving it away to my aunt but shortly after it ran away. Why tell you this? Simply, I get anxious around cats.
You may have a tale in your life story where you encountered your own “Princess.” That looks different for everyone. Now another thing that set in this anxiousness for the feline race, was a night I was at my aunt’s. Who by the way loves cats. She had a black fluffy cat named Molly. All my aunt’s cats were tamed, but it didn’t stop my anxiousness. So one night Molly pounced upon my sleeping body and punctured my skin. With a giant yelp, yet again that anxiousness rose up even more.
You can have multiple encounters in your life that solidify your anxiousness. How about asthma attacks. If you’ve ever had one it is a scary thing. What about allergic reactions? That too is a scary thing. You learn to be prepared. You carry an inhaler for asthma and probably an EpiPen for those allergic reactions. But the key word here is “prepared.”
The Lord has given us our anxiety counter. It’s called the word of God. His scripture found in the Bible. Here are just a few to combat anxiety.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
II Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“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 NKJV
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 NKJV
So you may be asking yourself what about this heart and mind thing? I thought you said anxiety comes from our past. It’s actually a combination of it all. Our hearts can feel the fear, our minds can be consumed with the fear, and our past is what triggered the fear in the first place.
We can give so much power to our trigger that it can paralyze us from making another step forward. We either stay frozen or start falling back. So leading into the deeper things God has shown me. We, of course, have been talking about the roots of our issues. I said at the beginning these things we see that exist are top-level anxiety triggers. Now how about the unseen?
I’m not talking about ghost or demons or the invisible man type unseen. I’m relating to the feelings we pick up around life. Like rejection, abandonment, unworthiness. Just to name a few. We can let these thing control our lives without even realizing the fruit that bares from these roots.
Example. If your root is rejection, you may question everything you do. You can doubt if what you’re doing is right. You freeze. You can’t move forward. Sometimes you can’t even move back. You live in the land of what ifs.
Abandonment can look a little something like this. You don’t trust people. You isolate yourself off from others. You put on a show to receive attention while on the inside you hide away so far no one can even know you.
Prayer is a key to unlocking these things. You have to make a shift in the way we think about ourselves. We have to see ourselves the way God sees us. He wants to give you another chance and isn’t hold your past against you. Actually, He wants to use your past to help people. Because when you release what and where you’ve been, you ultimately get this question. “What changed?” Your response that has the power to set them free, Jesus.
Join us next week as we look fear in the face. You are an overcomer. You can do this. He believes in you. He is fighting for you.
Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.