I was recently diagnosed with a stomach sickness and my doctor told me that the number one cause is anxiety. Being the person that I am, my initial reaction was to rebuke him in Jesus’ name. I thought “nuh uh I do not have anxiety, I am saved and cast all my cares unto the Lord.” I refused to believe that the reason for my many recent flare ups was anxiety. I mean because as a Christian woman who truly seeks the Lord, anxiety is something I am not supposed to harbor at all.
After letting this diagnosis sink in, I started to research the causes of flare ups. WebMD (my interim doctor) and blogs all said the same thing, in addition to diet, anxiety is a leading cause of this syndrome. At this point I needed to pray, “God I never thought of myself to be an anxious person, but if I am please reveal the areas of my life where I am anxious, the cause of my anxiety and help me to fix it!” And boy did God show me! I couldn’t believe that I still had areas in my life that I had not totally surrendered to my God.
Anxiety is not a God thing, it is one of the many side effects of being in the world and trusting in the world. Having anxiety instantly reveals that you have treasures in this earth. If you pull up an anxiety weed, the root will always be a worldly treasure. In Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus says: “do not store up yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
After much prayer and self-reflection, I realized that there were still many areas of my life where I stored worldly treasures over Godly treasures. I mean no wonder why I had anxiety that led me to be sick. Trusting in a world where what I treasure will be destroyed or stolen, will cause anyone a heap a stress. Just the worry of when or how you’re doomed earthly treasure will be taken or destroyed will cause even the healthiest person to become sick. There is no security in this world where the devil is prowling around looking to kill, steal and destroy. However, when you place all of your trust in Christ, anxiety is null and void because his word is unwavering, promised and true.
Seek His Kingdom + seek His righteousness + store yourselves treasures in Heaven= The cure for anxiety and worry.
When I first realized that I was having anxiety attacks, I would instantly pray to God to remove them from my heart, soul and mind. What I found is that the anxiety would sometimes temporarily leave but always found itself back into my world. You can’t just put a band-aid on a sore and expect it to heal properly. You need to treat that sore at its core so that it may heal and not leave any evidence of the sore.
Instead of just praying for the removal of anxiety, I started to pray that God would reveal the sources of my anxiety. “God show me what I am putting my trust in that is not you.”Let me tell you, after I prayed that prayer God truly began to show me my worldly treasures. I did not realize how many things like family and personal desires that I had put on a pedestal above God. It can be scary to look at yourself in the mirror and not know who you are, but that is exactly how I felt. After all of these years of giving myself to God, I had not truly given all of me. I was holding on to bits and pieces of the old me which did no good for me and ultimately led me to be sick. I’d be lying if I told you that this surrender happened over night or that i have completely overcome it. However I can say that I finally knew what I was fighting against and was able to truly cast every one of those treasures unto the Lord with prayer and His word.
The more faith you put in God the more He comforts you. He doesn’t want us to be anxious, He wants to take care of our problems. He is our problem solver. Anything that you need, He says, “I will take care of it for you”. We serve the ultimate provider who sees each and everyone of our needs and will make sure that we are never without. Sometimes we may have a little but we always have enough. God says don’t worry about those things because I will always take care of you. God says before anything, “seek first my Kingdom and my righteousness” and all of these things will be added to you. He will give you peace, you just have to trust him with all of your heart. When you put all of your faith in Him, He will never let you down like the world does. He keeps His word and never strays from it.
I encourage anyone who struggles with anxiety to pray to God to reveal where the anxiety is coming from. Once you are face to face with the source of your worries, read bible passages that speak against whatever you are faced with. The more you meditate on His word, the more you begin to trust Him which ultimately leads to peace because Christ is peace. Time and time again God tells us to hand over our burdens to Him and He will give us His peace. So stay in His word continually and cast all those cares unto the Lord and you will be free from the worry. Christ wishes freedom for all of His children. We can have it sis, just keep pushing through.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Dear God, I surrender my life to you. I trust you more than I trust myself because you will never fail me. Please reveal the cause of my anxiety, I know that it is not from you and I ask you to help me to overcome this. I put all of my trust in you and not in this world Lord God. You are a great, unfailing God who does not cause confusion or anxiety because you are top performing and always come through. Please forgive me for storing my treasure in this world and help me to relocate all of my treasure with you in Heaven. Thank you for loving me, even when my faith isn’t all in. You are so gracious God. Thank you for revealing the cause of my anxiety. Thank you for healing. In Jesus name, amen.
Bible verses I run to when I need peace
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2