Discovering Hope for Anxiety Disorders and Fear
It is a given most people experience worry and stress. Anxiety may be so deep-seated that we know no other way of coping. Fear haunts the human heart. It never seems far away no matter how together we may assume we are. Many struggle with acute forms such as panic attacks. Counseling, medication, and therapy may help, but if we are to have a lasting change, we need help that will reach the most visceral levels. Unlearning deeply rooted lies and renewing the mind with Scriptural truth is key. It is one thing to understand what is not working, another to replace it with something better.
One reason we struggle is because we are taught life is up to us. In American culture, a can-do attitude is ingrained. Yet, in our trials, we quickly realize how much events or circumstances are beyond our control. We see, rather than being captains of our own fate, we are needy people. It is hard to face this reality. However, we are designed this way. God designed us to need Him. Until our relationship is restored to God through His Son Jesus Christ, true healing of our brokenness is elusive. Our stress, anxiety, and fears expose inadequacy. Freedom begins when we understand these fractured parts of ourself can become a door to the ultimate essentiality of our Creator to our lives.
Many feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit they have emotional problems. If you read Scripture, however, you realize God does not treat us this way. While God calls us forward with the view of being transformed out of our brokenness, He handles us according to who we are. The psalms are full of these emotions and adversities. Though we can never have the same experiences the sinless Messiah faced as the cross loomed before Him, Christ's torment in the garden of Gethsemane reveals a Savior who knows the emotional experiences of humanness. In the trenches of our struggle we can encounter intimate hope to uphold us.
One of the biggest lies is that our struggles are not worthy of God’s attention. Since how we view God affects every area of our lives, it can lead to intense aloneness. Yet, God loves real people in actual, real life. He gave a Savior for us in our deepest needs. Life in Christ is not lived in stained glass scenes of victories we can not relate to, but in the valleys of pain, trial, and our personal obstacles. No matter the pain, He is there. Even a lifetime of struggle can be healed in our loving Father's care.
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I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 94:19.