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Anxiety is our strongest survival emotion. It is the first emotion felt after our Fall. Anxiety is what we all feel after we deem our abilities or resources inadequate to handle a situation. But God is stronger than any difficulty we face, and He will help us with anxiety if we ask Him.
God loves you! Jesus died for you. He has risen and wants to give you a life of strength and a life of freedom from anxiety. The Bible says “Fear Not” 365 times. One for each day of the year. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. Remember that God is adequate where we are not.
Anxiety in the Fallen World can have two origins. For some people there is a familial or generational tendency toward anxiety. For others there are life traumas that can affect an onset of anxiety. Things like an ongoing undercurrent of anxiety or recurrent panic attacks are indicative of anxiety disorders that can result from either organic or traumatic issues.
So what are we to do with this powerful survival emotion that is felt in the body? The answer is that we are to down regulate it. And how do we do that – through Spiritual Disciplines or Spiritual Practices.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Spiritual Practices like praying, renewing the mind through meditating on God’s Word, and attending Life Groups will keep you connected to encouraging support. As the Psalmist says “when anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul” (Psalm 94:19).
If you suffer from unrelenting anxiety or panic attacks, we have counselors that can coordinate care with your primary physician to help you as your body heals from the physical effects of any organic anxiety issue.
Please contact Lake Pointe Counseling at (469)698-2250 or email us at email@example.com for additional information.