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By Danny Saavedra
If you’re experiencing anxiety, here are a few questions you can ask yourself that may help you understand what your feeling along with some steps you may need to take:
When you feel the waves of anxiety—or depression or even emotional numbness—bearing down and crashing over you, here are some things you can do. (Please remember, if at any point your anxiety is getting the best of you, and you feel like it’s devastating your daily life for weeks at a time, disabling you from functioning normally, please seek biblical counseling—there is nothing sinful about it!)
Both fear and faith sail into the harbor of your mind, but only faith should be allowed to anchor.
Here are a few things that may help anchor you in your faith and not fear, in the Almighty and not in anxiety.
You see, Jesus assumes that truth—reasons, arguments, facts—affects and influences the emotions. Anxiety is an emotion. It’s not a decision. We don’t decide to get anxious; anxiety happens to us. That’s why Jesus attacks anxiety in Matthew 6 with truth, facts, promises, and reasons. Therefore, He must believe that His Word given to our souls will have an emotional, even physical, effect. There are dozens and dozens of commands to emotions in the Bible and along with them are truths to bring about what is commanded.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Reading the Bible to your anxiety, speaking the truth of God over the lies that seek to consume and disable you, can reset your mind. It will not be easy or overnight; this practice takes intentionality, dedication, and patience. But over time, it will recalibrate your thought processes as you develop this life-changing behavior of rooting out lies by rooting yourself in truth.
God wants you to trust in Him, to keep your eyes on Him, to keep your focus fixed on Him. Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” To have peace, my dear friends, we must intentionally and relentlessly keep our heart, mind, and thoughts on the God of our salvation.
Friends, please know that Calvary truly and deeply cares about you. We want you to experience a thriving, vibrant, healthy relationship with the Lord, with others, and to live the abundant and purpose-filled life Jesus came to give you. To get connected to our church or to get info on our biblical counseling, call 954-977-9673.
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.