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Christian Help For Anxiety

Updated on July 10, 2013

Anxiety Help

This lens deals with some practical ways for a God-believing person to deal with the emotion of anxiety. We are not discussing here the more severe conditions that should be treated with the help of a professional counselor or MD. The kind of suggestions I offer come from my ministry as a pastor of a Christian church. Over my 39 years of ministry I have had to help many people through many rough times and I have had to deal with my own volume of personal anxiety as well. I put this lens together hoping that it will be a help to you.

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Anxiety is a multisystem response to a perceived threat or danger. It reflects a combination of biochemical changes in the body, the patient's personal history and memory, and the social situation. As far as we know, anxiety is a uniquely human experience. Other animals clearly know fear, but human anxiety involves an ability, to use memory and imagination to move backward and forward in time, that animals do not appear to have. The anxiety that occurs in post-traumatic syndromes indicates that human memory is a much more complicated mental function than animal memory. Moreover, a large portion of human anxiety is produced by anticipation of future events. Without a sense of personal continuity over time, people would not have the "raw materials" of anxiety. ...

anx·i·e·ty n., pl. -ties.
    1. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
    2. A cause of anxiety: For some people, air travel is a real anxiety.
  1. Psychiatry. A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
  2. Eager, often agitated desire: my anxiety to make a good impression.

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You are the only one who can control your mind. Often anxiety is but an irrational fear that sets in motion apprehensions that are even more unfounded. You need to examine your thoughts, restrain them so that you can redirect them.

2Co 10:5 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. 2Co 10:6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (NIV)

When the wrong thoughts come into our minds that are negative and untrue, we are to remove them and take them captive by not allowing them to run free but restrain and remove them by not entertaining or dwelling on them. Simply put "Don't Go There!" “ Read (Dealing with Anxiety By Filoiann Wiedenhoff)

Force Yourself To Think Positive

Forward Your thoughts to an absolute truth. The thinking that is destroying you is not true. You are going to make it through this! That is the truth. Redirecting your thoughts means to change your thoughts that are not true and negative to thoughts that are true and positive.

One of the best ways I have ever seen this displayed is in Phillipians 4:8”

Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV translation)

Make Positive Thought You Habit

Let your mind experience renewal. When we force ourselves to think beyond the false negatives, those thoughts which try to destroy us, it clears out the old way of thinking and replaces it with the new.

Remember, you are more than an overcomer! Any thought that says otherwise is untrue for you! With any habit we want to change we not only need to stop the cycle but replace the bad habit with a good habit. Continual redirection of your negative, anxiety filled, thoughts make a new pattern. New patterns continued make habits. Habits guide your life. Anxiety may be present but now you and God are in control! Think about it!

Rom 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (NIV translation)

Exercise Four: Redefine your Priorities:

Follow the old adage: FIRST THINGS FIRST!

First Things First

Redefine Your Priorities

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      alexvervier 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens. As a sufferer from agoraphobia your info is mucho appreciated :-). Loved your excercise 2 on staying positive.



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      HelpForPanicAnd 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens on dealing with anxiety, love having the scripture included! Redefining your priorities is great advice!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for all the useful information about stress. Hope to see more information from you soon! I appreciate it. Can Anxiety Really be Good for You?

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      CounselMom 9 years ago

      Lots of great info here!

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      RedSportNiac 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I used to have anxiety and it really have a very big impact in my life in a negative way. Thank god I never stop fighting and always trying to figure out how to battle it. I believe a lot of people are having this problems but most them just can get out of it. Medicine would only give you temporary relief but it is something inside you that will release you from all the pain. By the way congratulation for being the new Giant squid. Well done.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Just another positive thinking thingy... Where is the real help? If I were able to think so positive all the time, I most certainly would be thinking that way now.

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Nice lens on anxiety attacks. 5 stars

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      MMW 9 years ago

      Great lens

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      Walteriz 9 years ago

      Interesting - This will help someone!