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Surviving and Thriving in an Anxiety-Filled Culture

Anxiety is a relentless foe, but it’s not an invincible one. Once you understand its tendencies in your life, you can map out a strategy that robs its power and weakens its impact on your life.

Find out what you’re up against.

The first step is to get an accurate read on the nature and severity of your anxiety. If your struggles with worry are debilitating, there may be a medical reason behind it. Changes in brain chemistry, among other things, can trigger anxiety. If that’s the case, talk to your doctor and get the treatment you need. If not, read on. There are practical, spiritual steps you can take to help you overcome anxiety.

Consult the Manufacturer.

The psalmist had this to say about God: “For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). No one knows more about the inner workings of your mind and emotions than He does. Spending quiet time with Him on a daily basis will go a long way toward easing an anxious mind.

That’s why prayer is essential in the struggle against anxiety. And not just as a spiritual “emergency cord,” something we desperately grab for when our anxiety threatens to send us off the rails.

Preventive prayer—a daily quiet time spent talking and listening to God—can “change your spiritual soil” and make it difficult for anxiety to take root.

 

A morning prayer time can set the tone for an entire day.

If possible, find a place to pray that doubles as a refuge from the anxieties of daily life. A place where you won’t be disturbed. A place where you can get away from it all. A place where you can hear God’s voice and find peace in His comfort.

When you pray, follow the Apostle Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:6-7. Unload your anxieties at the Lord’s feet and let Him take them. Pray about them and then do your best to forget them. After all, they’re not yours anymore.

Learn to counterpunch.

The Word of God is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). That may explain why Jesus reached for it when the devil launched a stealth attack in the wilderness. According to Matthew 4, the devil tempted Jesus three times to abandon His earthly ministry. Jesus responded all three times by quoting Scripture. Powerless against such a weapon, the devil left.

What worked against one enemy can work against another. If you feel yourself under attack by anxiety, fight back. Use some carefully chosen words of Scripture, as Jesus did. Memorize key phrases in passages such as 1 Peter 5:7 (“Cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you”) and Philippians 4:7 (“the peace of God … will guard your hearts”). Recite them over and over again to remind yourself of God’s power and to calm your fears.

Recruit teammates.

Many people who struggle with anxiety choose to do it alone, in silence. For some, it’s pride that keeps them from sharing their struggles. They don’t want to be seen as weak or unable to cope with adversity. For others, it’s denial. They don’t want to admit to themselves that they need help. For others, it’s fear or embarrassment. They’re afraid people will look at or treat them differently.

But silence only compounds the problem. A better strategy is to share your struggle with trusted friends. Break the silence—and encourage others to do so as well. Together you may be able to break anxiety’s grip.

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Many great Christian thinkers, past and present, have talked about the struggles of trusting God. Now you can explore what many of them say with the in-text commentary of the Ancient-Modern Bible. One Faith. Handed Down. For All The Saints.

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Think About It:

Can you think of specific Scriptures that have helped you during stressful times?

15 comments on “Surviving and Thriving in an Anxiety-Filled Culture

  1. Rico says:

    An interesting approach is found in Jeremiah 42. Usually the source of our various “captivities” can be our desire for Egypt. I have suffered with OCD/anxiety/panic all my life, I love the Lord, and now, at 66, I am still finding occasional periods of anxiety struggle. Yes, my brain is wired differently, but God is!!! So, I get on my knees, a submit to the will of God, I get rid of my “Egypt” desires, and I move forward in Christ. Since I am a Catholic I attend Mass regularly, even daily, and I do my best to get into His presence every morning, noon, and night. Your will be done, Lord Jesus. “Though He slay me, yet will I follow!!!”

  2. Connie says:

    I’m struggling a lot these day , I’m a lone , my children are older. & I don’t like them to see me like this , I read my bible almost daily, But just can’t shake this , anxiety/depression. Please ask God for me since I don’t know what else to do .

    1. Darlene says:

      Hi Connie

      I totally understand the struggle with
      Anxiety /depression.

      I am a strong Christian and have faith this is an area I struggle with also. I did everything possible to avoid having to take medication
      But I am now and it’s starting to help me. I have been in that dark hole. People do not get it if they’ve never experienced. This
      I read the psalms of David. Talk to the Father Holy Spirit Jesus to get you through and they will. Do not let anyone make you feel you have no faith or your not seeking God if you are. Only God knows what’s going on and he is right there with you
      If you have some true Christian friends you can be transparent with and not judged talk to them let them know what’s going on
      I promise you will get through this
      And…… Don’t do what I did. I struggled not to take a med because I felt like I was a failure. My friends who are spirit filled
      Made me understand that if you need the med God gave doctors the ability and minds to help people. It’s no different than diabetes etc. the word of God says we are HEALED IN JESUS NAME HE TOOK IT ALL FROM US THAT DAY HE DIED FOR US
      TALK TO HIM TELL HIM HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HIM AND NEED HIM HE LIVES INSIDE OF YOU AND LOVES YOU DEEPLY. HOLD ON CONNIE. THIS TO SHALL PASS
      DRAW NEAR TO HIM AND HE SHALL DRAW NEAR TO YOU♥️ Darlene

    2. Steven says:

      I understand how you feel and what you’re going through. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for a long time and tried to deal with it myself by using alcohol to cure it. Growing up I had to learn how to do things for my self because no one was there for me. When I asked for help people ignored me. I learned to not trust people and when someone did try to help I pushed them away because I thought I could handle everything alone. A few years ago I was arrested and incarcerated for several years and depression really ate at me and I thought about ending my life daily. When I got out everybody could see how bad I was and recommended me to see someone about my anxiety and depression. When I Had my first check with my GP he prescribed a med for depression and referred me to a psychiatrist who prescribed to more meds for anxiety and sleep. They did help, but really helped me was seeing a psychologist and talking about things. I also turn to God a lot and ask for strength and his support. I’ve stopped two of my meds properly with my psychiatrists help. I have learned there are good-hearted people out there who want to listen and help. I’ve also learned that we have to accept the things we cannot change and accept the things we can change. With God’s help, it is possible if you want to have a change in your life. I know it’s easier said than done. That’s what I thought at first but I feel so much better and I have learned to trust people. The first step is hard to take and it’s a lot of work but believe me, it’s worth and you will not look back. I hope this helps! May the Lord be with you always!
      God bless and remember the Lord is always with you!

      1. Hilda says:

        Amen….i too struggle with depression for alot of years i fealt and feel sometimes like I am in a deep dark hole that i cannot seem to get out . I have faith in Our Lord its just sometimes I can’t shake it off I use to use alcohol to get by but I asked God to forgive me for my sins and help me walk a path as near and close to him . He did he took my bad habits away but still to this day I just cant seem to shake it off so know i am going to visit a psychologist hopefully she can help me alot of my childhood i couldn’t recall until one day I was seeing a lifetime movie and it all came back to me rushing in my mind like a tidal wave …praying to God everything will be alright. . Your words are inspiring to get help ..thank you may God continue to bless you

  3. Britt says:

    I have anxiety

  4. Darlene says:

    Check out Shelia Walsh. Used to be in the 700 club. You can also pull her up on you tube. She talks about her struggles with
    Depression anxiety and has been on a med for 30 years and goes around speaking to woman about this

  5. Sam Baba Onoja says:

    (1) Remember, God has said in His word “I will not leave you nor forsake you” So remind Him of what He has said in His word and invite Him to be with you
    (2) At 66, you should still be able to use your eyes, your mind and your hands. In addition to reading the Bible, read good Christian books especially biographies where you will see how God was personal to people. Engage your mind with what Phil 4:8 says. Lastly, engage your hands in doing something. Engaging your hands can minimise the time you have in engaging your mind with thoughts that bring depression.
    God bless you

  6. Kataraina says:

    I agree to disagree on the comments regarding medication. My view is that God doesn’t want us to trust in the arm of flesh (medication, Drs) but to trust in Him. I have seen too many women believe that they need medication to survive and have been on it for years – it can dull the spirit and destroy the body which is your Holy Temple. There are natural methods that God has given us which would be better, and are so simple. Fresh air, sunshine, movement, raw fresh foods, pure water, scriptures/prayer, positive thinking, and reliance on God and our Saviour.
    I am currently being pressured by the psychiatrist to start med – I have managed to avoid them for a year, and don’t intend to start now as I have started all the natural remedies I listed above, and am starting to feel much better. It can still be a struggle and I have my ups and downs but I feel so much better in myself knowing that God isnthe one that can help me through this.

  7. William says:

    If you have a chemical imbalance which is often associated with clinical depression, then medications are appropriate. God understands the difference between having the blues and clinical depression. Most religious people attempt to be religious enough to stay off meds, but they cannot will themselves to overcome something that is not within their control. There is nothing wrong with going to a doctor to get help. Even Luke was a doctor and wrote two books of the Bible.

  8. David Akunda says:

    Suerly the Lord is a present help in need. I was depressed because of many debts, but due to prayer ministry together with my prayer band(people we pray with) I was delivered. Though I struggled with debts for nine years I’m now free from big debts. What I now owe people is less than what I earn. We used to pray and encourage each other with a fellow member who was in big debt due to being involved in gambling, but him too was delivered and is free from debt.1Peter 5:6-9. John 16:31-33. God bless you brothers and sisters.

  9. Dickie Ulu says:

    Believing GOD, Trusting God will incapacitate the wicked flanges of the EVIL one. Hebrew 4 : 3 admonishes us to BELIEVE GOD and BE AT REST. Note also, that your worry /anxiety could be a measure of your belief, trust and faith in GOD through CHRIST JESUS and HIS word. You cannot exercise 1 Peter 5 : 7 if you are doubting GOD. The song writer John Henry Sammis wrote : When we walk with the Lord In the light of HIS word…. trusting and obeying, … for there’s no other way to be happy in JESUS but to TRUST and OBEY. GOD’S word is truth ( John 17 : 17b) and HIS promises are no less TRUTH.

  10. Marc says:

    I have anxiety. I have been going through a lot of stuggles financially. It has been effecting me emotionally. I have distance myself from people due to the fact I don’t feel like myself. I’m trying to keep positive. Since I started reading more about Jesus and listening to his messages I am seeing changes or break thoughs. I know I’m in a readjust stage of my life and this transition will make me stronger.

    1. Abi says:

      God bless you and honour His Word in your life. He is faithful.

  11. Sherry says:

    I have been dealing with depression and also anxiety, for years. The older I get the worse it seems to get. I am a Christian I truly love and believe in God. People who do not have this problem don’t really understand how horrible it is. I take a mild medication for anxiety but I am working on getting off of it. These comments that I am reading are very helpful. I do feel like mabe my anxiety is handed down like a genetic thing. I also have a Granddaughter who is 14 dealing with this. I pray everyday for God to take it from her. I do not wish this on anybody. The more I study and read my Bible and really pray to understand and with this wonderful page where I can talk to others about what I am going through that actually understand my struggles. is such a big help. I do not know you personally but I thank God for leading me to you. Because reading the comments and knowing I am not alone is one step closer for me to overcome this I thank ya’ll and God for leading me to you. I will pray for you all and others Please keep me and my Granddaughter in your prayers.

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