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“I do feel scared, but the truth is: I am not in trouble. No one is coming into my home to punish me.” Then, even more confidently, I continued, “God is in control of my life. I am safe because He loves me.”
With those reassuring – and true statements, I returned to the sink and continued washing the dishes (a miracle in itself during those days). But just a few minutes later, I had to repeat that scenario, and again a few minutes after that.
Thus began my journey out of chronic anxiety disorder. And now for more than ten years (and counting!), I am actually considered a stable person. At least, by most people. ;)
But I am convinced that my entry into the stable life could never have happened without my firm resolve to demolish the lies my emotions were telling me, and believing instead what was actually true. I had to be serious about taking captive every thought, making it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
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.
On the other hand, it was also important that I didn’t deny my thoughts (or emotions). If I had simply said, “I’m not scared” it wouldn’t have made sense to me because I was experiencing real fear. However it was when I began to validate my feelings, but challenge their validity, I began to experience a real breakthrough.
It wasn’t overnight, for sure! But nevertheless I began to experience more and more rational thinking and freedom from anxiety each day. (Honest!) Even the fear of looming anxiety attacks diminished. The key is to stay consistent!
Father, help me to discern truth from lies in my thoughts and my emotions. I pray to grow in my confidence in You and Your love for me as I continue to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Your Word.
This week’s goal:
To take captive every thought (and emotion) and make it obedient to Christ, as I continue to spend time reading and meditating on God’s Word.
What about you?
- Do you struggle with anxiety, believing every emotion is based on reality?
- How can we pray for you in this area? (Feel free to use a pseudonym.)