Hello, My Name is Anxiety

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hello-my-name-is-anxietyPhilippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If there is any one thing that has been more evident in my life since I have surrendered to the fact that I am Church Planting, it is ANXIETY and WORRY.  I can be sitting in my study reading, eating at Chikfila watching my kids play, sitting on the coach watching TV, then out of nowhere – BAM! – Anxiety comes pounding down!  I begin to hear the not so subtle voice in the back of my head saying things like, “You aren’t fit to lead a church”.  Anxiety.  “How are you going to pay the bills?” Worry.  “You are going to be so busy, how in the world are you going to make time for your wife and kids?”  Anxiety.  It comes crouching down and it desires to have you!  It truly does want to make you it’s slave to control your every thought and action.

So how do I battle it?  I can honestly say that battling is not enough!  You have to go to war against it.  A verse that has become my personal life verse is 2 Corinthians 10:5,” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  What this verse has helped me do is understand that my thoughts are going to go crazy and anxiety is going to be real, but I don’t have to let it consume me.  As a child of God, I have been given power by the Holy Spirit to live out the commands of God’s Word.  On my own, I want to retaliate against God’s word and avoid it, but in the power of the Holy Spirit I can live out, “Do not worry about tomorrow” and “be anxious about nothing”. On my own, I am done, but in Christ, I can do anything!

So how do I take my thoughts captive?  I was listening to Frances Chan speak on Anxiety and Worry and heard him talk about how he deals with.  So I decided not to come up with my own means to deal with, so I took his methodology on.  In 1 Peter 5:7, Peter tells us, “7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  Powerful verse that so many have memorized, including me, and really don’t act in the truth that brings the “peace of God”.  Chan said, “When I get worried or anxious I act on this verse.  I say to God, ‘God, you tell me not to worry or be anxious, so I am not.  You take from me my anxiety.  I give it to you.’”  I know profound, right.  That’s all he did.  I sort of scoffed in my head, but then thought, if scripture is true, then that has to be the real answer to dealing with anxiety.

So from that day I set out to do that.  I know that God’s Word says, “Do not be anxious about about anything” and that we are to “cast our anxieties on Him”, so the moments that anxiety and worry come crashing down, I give them to God.  I don’t deal with them, and apparently that is the way it is supposed to work.  God made it very clear that he will deal with them for us – and He does!  The problem I dealt with from here was thinking this was too easy, and that there was something more that I needed to do on my own to make sure this was dealt with proper.  I began taking God’s job in my own hands!  It really is not our responsibility to deal with the anxiety – IT’S GODS JOB!  Let Him

So the next time you feel anxious!  Let God have it – He does way better at dealing with it than you will every do!

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