To the Anxious Christian,
“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….” John 14:27
I can hear your cries, and I can see your struggle. Dear Anxious Christian, please know you are not alone. I know you are overwhelmed, and feel like the world is caving in. I know that sometimes you feel miniscule compared to the giant anxiety that looms over you. Oh Anxious christian: your anxiety is not who you are, or what you are made of. Anxiety is of this world, but God is not of this world; and since God is not of this world and lives in you, you have the power to conquer your anxiety.
Please do not mistake me, my anxious Christian. The Bible tells us that we will struggle, but God will overcome. Even when it feels like there is nothing around you but your anxiety, God is with you. Anxiety is a poison that is dwelling in you, but there is an antidote. Though a little poison may always be within you, you are not alone. Do not focus on the anxiety that runs through your veins, but keep moving towards Him, even if it’s just one step at a time. God looks at you, not as a tormented and anxious human, but as his son/daughter. He sees you and looks upon you with love. We are born again through him, and all our impurities will fade away.
Tune out the lies that say are aren’t a Christian because you are anxious. Yes, it is true that God repeatedly says “let your heart not be troubled”, we are also not perfect. And God knows that! God does not expect perfection from you! You are only human, living in an imperfect world, trapt by humanity. But thankfully, not for long. Jesus died to set us free; free us from anxiety. He did not say we would live without sin, but only that we can do all things through christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, and doesn’t require perfection to be saved! So do not trouble your heart, thinking that you aren’t good enough because you are anxious. Every man and woman goes through their own battles, this is yours. And you will overcome!
Do not dwell in your anxiety, or open the doors to your soul and let it inside. You are better than your anxiety. You are empowered despite your anxiety. I know you are struggling, but God hears you. He hears your prayers of rescue and salvation from this prison you are in. Do not think that because you are struggling that God has turned away from you. God is listening and he is answering your prayers. I know that it may not be in the way you think, but open your eyes, dear anxious christian, for he is revealing salvation around you! It may not mean waking up the next morning and never feeling anxious again. For we do live in a sinful world, and if it is not one thing, it is another. God may open your eyes to the small things that will help you slowly overcome your anxiety. It may be an article on diet and supplementation, or maybe a listening ear.
Remember, dear anxious christian, not to feed the beast of fear. Do not give into the thoughts and feelings. Whenever you feel most anxious, I urge you to pray. When you are down on your knees, you are most powerful. I urge you to memorize verses that may help you in times of need, to speak to yourself when you need it most. Write them on your mirror in remembrance of God’s promises. Tape one to your desk at work, put one on your night side table. Remind yourself that God is always with you and he always keeps his promises.
Verses that have helped me through my anxiety:
1 John 5: 14-15
2 Corinthians 10:5
Romans 7: 18-25
Books and resources that have helped me through my anxiety:
The Anxious Christian – Rhett Smith
Anxious for Nothing – Max Lucado
Telling Yourself the Truth – William Backus & Marie Chapian
Family and/or friends who are understanding
***Disclaimer: Please understand that I am not a doctor or a psychologist. This should be used as a helpful resource and not as a prescription***