What is it that you are facing today that is causing anxiety? A job issue? Health concern? Relationship troubles? Finances? Everyone is facing battles, but some people don’t seem to be as bothered by them. Why is that?
As author Joyce Meyer states, “The battlefield is the mind” and that is so true. Our thought life is where our battles actually begin. Fears and anxieties are stored deep in our subconscious minds.
I remember raising my two sons as a single parent and life was so overwhelming. I remember crying out to God in my moments of weakness and despair, pleading “I can’t handle this anymore.” We all have these moments but what is actually happening? In my case, I was reliving a chaotic and fearful childhood with an alcoholic father. The same feelings I felt as a child were resurfacing in the present.
Something happened in our past that we may or may not remember that caused a short-circuit shall we say. Whenever a situation occurs in the present that is similiar in some way, the wire is tripped and our unconscious mind triggers the fear response which in turn triggers some anxious behavior. It’s a cycle that must and can be broken. The wiring can be fixed. But it takes courage.
We are never really alone in our battles, because God is always with us and for us. No matter how alone, overwhelmed or helpless we may “feel”, the truth is that God promises to answer our cries (Isaiah 58:9).
Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us, who can stand against us?”. Isn’t that great news? God is on your side, dear one. You have the power of Almighty God fighting your battles with you. So when you are down and out, remember the words of the Apostle Paul: “for when I am weak then He is strong” (2 Cor 12:10) and also in the book of Joel 3 which says “let the weakling say I am strong”. By focusing on the truth in the word of God, we reprogram our minds. Instead of thinking, “This is overwhelming”, I can think “God is going to help me through this” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Slowly but surely the wiring will be repaired and situations that used to cause anxiety will no longer do so.
I encourage you to be courageous and stand up to your fears from the past. Do we want to live a life of fear and anxiety? The choice is up to us. When you have done all you know to do, then rest, pray, and trust. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Until next time, keep looking up!