The following blog is going to outline the Scriptural basis we’ve heard so many times concerning trusting God, my experience, and some science to look at. There may be more that I’ve missed in this introduction, so please keep reading.
First, let’s look at the Scriptural point of view. Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church taught a sermon called, When Anxiety Attacks, which, as you see in the blog linked to above, I felt led to take notes on and publish for your consumption in the Lord’s presence. There are many Scriptures in this teaching which I wrote back in August 8, 2020, some of which are familiar to you.
There are a lot of different viewpoints on anxiety. People say, “Anxiety is sin and you should at ALL costs evict it out of your life.” True! But, there are also times when the anxious thoughts come but the feelings don’t because you know in your heart what to do, namely, trust in God. From my experience, when I read the Word more and am not trying to research my way around the world, I trust in our Father more.
In Joshua 1:8, NLT it says, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in everything you do.” I believe that this means we should set asside our “favorite TV shows,” whatever they may be and get wholly in the Word of the living God which is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). This is not for God’s beneft, but for ours. The benefit of spending time in the Word all day is not to “take all the fun out of the day,” but rather, so that when life’s storms hit hard and you start to feel anxious and fearful, that still small voice inside of you (if you will heed it), will instruct you and help you to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5–8). Now that we have built a biblical foundation, let’s look at the science.
Healthline also put out a report, which also shows that Anxiety, Fear, and Depression can all be linked together. If you have suicidal thoughts or tendencies, have a loved one who has committed suicide, or just want to know the Lord’s heart concerning this and/or what to do, click here.
This report details some of the same things we read previously on the reports about anxiety, but it also details how such people as Holocaust Survivors, African Americans (descendants of slaves), and others are more likely to have anxiety and chronic fear conditions. John Ramirez has a series of short videos showing how to get rid of that covenant with fear, and also a book which helps you in more detail. I am only going off of what I’ve heard in interviews concerning this, but I can assure you of this from reading Unmasking The Devil: It is very very good!
I want to look up one more thing before we close. Healthline released a report showing that binge-watching TV is not that healthy for your brain, and time released an article concerning people who like to binge-watch The News. Whether you like it or not, you are putting stress and anxiety in your life when you consume the news constantly. For the sake of your family, yourself, and your relationship with Christ, STOP IT! At the very least, watch it on Christian Telivision where it builds your faith. You must read the Word more than watch the News. I want you to pray about what I’m saying to you. I am only writing this for our benefit and so that we can have the victory in Christ.
If you notice after leaving the bad-apples of your life behind that you still have the habit of getting anxious, ask the Father to re-train your brain. Actually, I’d encourage you to do this while renewing your mind with the Word of God and changing your habits. Again: This is only to make you victorious but not to make you feel guilty or defeated. God bless!