A few days ago, I shared some scriptures that have been very comforting to me lately as I’ve been battling with anxiety.
I get so tired of fear – and all the other feelings at the root of it. Pride. Worry. Doubt.
As I was meditating on some of these verses, a thought flashed through my mind – I should write it all down. Write down everything that has been causing me to worry.
So I did. I asked the Spirit to search my heart and reveal anything and everything that has induced any kind of stress.
Some of what He revealed was hard to admit. Some of it seemed extremely frivolous and pathetic. But I let it all pour out.
So there it was. Now that the fountain of fear and worry was emptied out of me, I could examine it objectively.
After some scrutiny, I quickly arrived to two conclusions that could be generalized for most, if not all sources of my anxiety.
1. It’s caused by selfish motive
Every item on that list was centered on how certain circumstances would directly effect me. My concern was for myself, not others. My focus was inward, not outward.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. ~Philippians 2:3
2. It’s caused by circumstances I have absolutely no control over
One nasty little habit about fear is that it makes us ponder and consider how we might control the circumstances that we really have no control over.
It causes us to waste our thoughts.
It causes us to take our mind away from where it should be. Earthly instead of heavenly. Temporal instead of eternal. Inward instead of outward.
Away from things that are true, things that are noble, things that are right, things that are pure, things that are noble, things that are lovely, things that are admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
After forcing each item on my list through Steven Furtick’s method of casting our fear, I took the page I wrote it all on, ripped it up and put it where it belongs…in the trash.
Felt super good! 🙂
Fear, worry, anxiety or any other word you want to call it, is garbage. It’s useless. Good for nothing other than to stink up our lives. It needs to be forcefully extracted from our thoughts, torn to pieces and thrown away!