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Seeking God In AnxietyJun 17, 2021
Many of us have, at some point, been through anxiety, that feeling of impending doom that’s way beyond what can actually and rationally happen. It’s not a feeling we want to invite as it’s crippling, at times it even could even cause the physical body to shut down in an attempt to cope, it’s unpleasant and yet we can’t help but feel it.
What do we do if the anxiety is too much to handle when we’ve done all we can to allay our fears and yet they just won’t go away? How does God come into the picture when every word of advice is all just easier said than done, and worse when we are convinced that it's not going to get better as if we’re sabotaging our own mind and welfare.
If you’re a firm believer in God and His workings in your life, you constantly pray and try to maintain a healthy connection with Him, and yet you have your anxious times to the point that you doubt if you’re faithful enough, don’t fret as it’s human nature to fear. We’re here to tell you how God never ceases to listen to His children even in the most silent prayers and what things you can do to constantly remind you of His loving presence especially during bouts of anxiety.
Pray for Strength
As Christians, we are taught to pray when we are worried or feeling fearful for something that could happen to ourselves or our loved ones. While it is alright to surrender all these feelings and everything beyond our control to Him, it is also imperative that we ask that He strengthens us and make us capable of distinguishing what can be done through our personal effort from those that aren’t.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”. - Philippians 4:6
Take Care of Yourself
Sometimes, we get too caught up with piled-up responsibilities and when these get to be overwhelming, we spiral into a pit of negative emotions that sometimes we neglect our own well-being. Times like these or before we arrive at a slump, let us remind ourselves that our body houses our spirit in which God resides. He wants you to gear up and perform His great plans. He doesn’t want you to go to battle exhausted but would rather have you renew your energy and you can do this by having a restful sleep, exercise, eat right and on time, and do mentally nourishing activities like meditation.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
Be Aware of His Promises
And while you’re well on your way to maintain a streak of meditative activities, it’s also best to collect your thoughts and realizations into writing and see how God constantly encourages you. As 1 Corinthians 7:32 says, He wants “you to be free from anxieties.” This consolidated belief system will better equip you to face unprecedented obstacles.
Jot down the manifestations you recently had in one of these Be Strong & Courageous Journals. See our leather journals collection.
Be Closer to Your Christian Community
It is humbling and comforting to know that your brothers and sisters go through similar struggles as you. Hearing how they overcame these by being enlightened by God is one great way to strengthen your relationship with Him, be reminded how He is mightier than all our problems, and that He loves you.
If there was only one most important thing that God wants you to remember when faced with anxiety, it’s these words from Philippians 4:8-9:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”