This post is 6th in a series detailing my struggle with and deliverance from a life-long anxiety disorder. Read the entire story in these posts…
- My Anxiety Disorder: Part 1 -Vice of Fear
- My Anxiety Disorder: Part 2 – Glimpse of Hope
- My Anxiety Disorder: Part 3 – How bad was it? And have you got one, too?
- My Anxiety Disorder: Part 4 – The Physical Fix – Are Drugs the Answer?
- My Anxiety Disorder: Part 5 – The Mental Fix – Quick and Easy?
All worry is based on a lie – believing one thing when the opposite is true.
- Fear of death is believing that Christ did not, after all, conquer death.
- Fear of misfortune and disease comes from believing the lie that His grace will not be sufficient.
- Fear of man comes from believing that I am not, after all, justified by grace, but must earn my salvation and approval from people, rather than God (that one’s really screwed! Ask me how I know!)
We must confront lies with the truth. But often we don’t even know the lies we’re believing. After all, if you knew it was lie, you wouldn’t believe it, right?
In my journey to overcome anxiety, I had to overcome some significant false beliefs and get a completely new perspective on life. Here’s the steps I took and recommend to you if you are seeking truth and freedom…
Prayer and Scripture
The first step in addressing the spiritual side of anxiety is prayer – asking God to renew your mind and help you to see things from His perspective. The second is Scripture. The word can actually function as a cleansing fountain, rinsing our mind of lies and filling it with fresh, sparkling, refreshing truth.
I tried to focus on both prayer and scripture during the season in which I was seeking freedom. And excerpt from my journal shows what my prayers looked like and just how desperate I was…
“Lord! I’m calling out to You as I have since Tuesday, to work deeply in my life –
-renew my mind – help me to view myself and my life with Your wisdom and love.
-free me from the bondage of pleasing people and perfectionism
-change my heart about what is most important.
-teach me how to love my husband best.
Above all, Lord, draw me to yourself, and may I learn to live in Your presence.”
If the cry of your heart is similar to mine, I have some great resources to pass on in this post that will help you identify lies and walk you toward the truth.
Lies Woman Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free Nancy Lee Demoss. This one makes a great Bible Study. The accountability of a group setting as you identify lies you’ve been blind to can really super charge your journey to freedom. This was the first book I read on the subject and found the truths so exciting to identify and embrace.
Core Lies by Sarah Mae I can’t believe I waited so long to download this free book. I love everything she writes and got her other books as soon as they were released. What a mistake it was to think I‘d already worked through this issue, or that anything from this author wouldn’t be packed full of powerful encouragement and practical action-steps. The content of her book was a direct answer to prayer and very applicable. This one’s free and only takes about an hour to read – go download it now.
The final thing I would encourage you to do is don’t be too afraid or lazy to ask for help. It’s tragic how many people would rather face familiar problems day after day than confront the fear of the unknown, and never get out of the pit they are in. Reach out and ask for help. I went before my church family multiple times for prayer, was honest with people I trusted about what was going on in my life, and I was purposeful about seeking truth from the word and resources written to help people like me.
You are not alone, so why do you act like you are? There are many who struggle with the various forms of anxiety disorders. That’s why I wrote this series – to remind you that you are not alone and to assure you that I am willing to walk with you. Please comment or email me with your story – I want to pray for you because I believe He can heal you like He did me.