Updated: Oct 23
Anxiety is a stealer. It steals your joy, peace, and freedom. Therefore, God protects our hearts and mind from it with His peace.
There are many things in life that can cause you to be anxious. And taking note of those moments is the key to living anxiety—free.
Once you have found out the reason, you are now ready for the next step, which is resolution. In this stage you’re finding out what is needed for you to change the situation.
Environment: Your environment may be the root cause of your anxieties. It can stem from growing up in a household that fostered worry or fear. Or it may be who you are currently surrounded by.
Some situations cannot be changed overnight because you may not be able to make the immediate change. But if you can change your surroundings or move away, then do so.
Getting away from toxic environments is important for your mental health and wellbeing. Even if this change requires you to change your living standards, like moving to another place, it is still better and safer to get out.
Once away, you are now able to create an environment that supports the calmness you need.
Relationships: People can cause you to be anxious. When this happens, you need to start setting boundaries because you set the tone on how you allow others to make you feel.
Boundaries define what you stand for and what you do not stand for. When you set boundaries in your relationships, they’ll know what you are willing to handle and what you are not. This must be established, whether they agree with it or not.
Boundaries set guidelines on how you want to be treated. This is needed because people tend to unload on others.
Boundaries protect us from emotional harm. We see this show up with people who had difficult experiences as an adolescent. Those experiences are common triggers for anxiety.
Some people grew up with guardians who put demands on them and now the person matures into someone who gets anxious when they fail, but failure is part of life.
When we are born, we are brought into an environment of learning, growing, and trying to get familiar with the new atmosphere we are now in. No one has all the answers, so failure is part of life.
While there may be many stories of relationships that promote anxiety, when you recognize this in your relationship set boundaries to prevent anxiety from being stirred up within you.
Thinking: Your internal way of thinking can cause you to be anxious. Philippians 4:6—8 NIV says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Our thoughts are powerful because they influence the outcome of our lives. They affect how we feel and respond to situations.
Your mind is a Battleground. If you’re not taught the right way to think then you will give into wrong ways of speaking and acting.
Our thinking is the reason most of us are where we are in life right now. If you have ever battled with depression, then you know how far accepting wrong thoughts can take you. The mental battle you experience is sometimes beyond one’s control.
The Bible helps us to understand the kinds of thinking and speaking we should stay away from to live a happier life.
Reading the Bible will help you take control of any thought that is negative and think only on thoughts that are positive, and edifying. And the Bible will show you how unseen thoughts produce visible consequences.
It is important to understand that when a thought enters your mind to examine it to decide if you should continue down that path or reject that thought and replace it with another.
We sow a thought and reap an action. We sow an action and reap habits. We sow habits and reap character, and our character reaps our destiny
If we are not taught the right way to think then we will succumb to wrong thinking; and negative thinking is the reason most of us are where we are in life right now.
There are various internal battles we face in life that affect our mind. These battles can vary depending on the person. Therefore, dealing with internal anxiety alone is challenging to do and why God gave us a solution on how to live anxious free.
God encourages us to not be anxious for anything, no matter what. Whatever life brings our way we should not worry, be fearful, or anxious about it. Instead, He wants us to give it all to Him. And once you have handed over to God all the things, people, and situations that are causing you to be anxious, do not take it back.
There are birthrights you are privileged to when you have a relationship with God and one of them is peace (Titus 3:7, Romans 8:17). The kind of peace that far exceeds what you can ever imagine and will replace your anxieties with assurance and calmness (Philippians 4:7).
At times it may not make sense on how God causes this to happen, but despite not knowing, you will get results even if the method is different than what may be the culture norm (Isaiah 55:8-9, John 14:27).
Soon you will say, "How can I see my world crumbling around me and still be free? I’m not troubled, disturbed, or anxious. Nor am I afraid or confused."
You may not understand this peace, but until you do, live in it, and allow God to protect your heart and mind from anxiety and fear.
When something is bothering you, do not be distressed because you will have within you the ability to maintain (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Many factors can cause you to be anxious, but you must kill it before it leads you down the road of depression, substance abuse, bodily pain, social isolation, and a poor quality of life.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
You should be happy and free of anxiety, so make it a new way to live.
God’s peace is based on an unshakable foundation, which is what He promises. With God, you can find rest because worry fades away and no longer affects you. Fear becomes yesterday’s problem that will not follow you into tomorrow. An excerpt from My Love Is Unconditional
If you are dealing with anxiety change your situation if you can, be around people who lift you up, and remember to change your thinking. But don't do this alone. Do it all with God's help.
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When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, His spirit will come to live inside you. This is one of the greatest blessings of salvation. You don't have to go through someone else to get to God, and He will live in your heart where you and Him become one and have a relationship.
All you have to do is make the choice of salvation by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9).
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"Jesus, I confess that you are Lord, and I believe you died and was risen for my sins. I repent and ask for forgiveness of my sins, and I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and remove my sins. Thank you for forgiving me and making me into a new person in Jesus' name, Amen."
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