“Anxiety is a normal human experience. In fact, it can be a potentially beneficial response in anticipation of dangerous situations. The physical symptoms of anxiety are coming from your autonomic nervous system response. It is different from but related to the fear, which is a natural reaction to a clear and present danger.”
Most of us will struggle with anxiety at some point in life. It is normal to be anxious right before a test, when you have a job interview, or when facing the unknown.
Last week I did a devotional on YouVersion called, Victory Over Anxiety. I learned some new things about anxiety, while I was doing the devotional.
This is one the main things that I learned. “Anxiety in itself is not a sin. It’s a normal response to the uncertainty we face in the situations that play out before us in everyday life. The issue is what we do with those anxieties and how long we allow them to live within us.”
We can choose how long we allow our anxious thoughts to stay with us. Sometimes we allow anxiety to stay within our minds for far to long. That is why it is necessary to gain control of our emotions.
I also learned that it is important for us to find out what the source of our anxiety is. That is one of the first steps we can take in order to overcome it. Sometimes we may even need God’s help to find out the source of our anxiety. God sees the things that we have hidden deep inside our hearts, and they may even be things that we do not know about. God can reveal these secrets to us.
This week I am doing another devotional on anxiety. It is called, 7 Things The Bible Says About Anxiety. I am going to share the links to the first and second day on the devotional for you to read.
Anxiety isn’t easy, and it can be hard to overcome it sometimes. But we don’t have to overcome anxiety on our own. God cares about us so much, and he wants us to give our anxious thoughts to him.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Repeat bible verses about anxiety. Also repeat truth to yourself, until you really believe it. The truth sets us free.
Like it said in day 2 of the devotional. Trust in God. In the past few months I have found that it is not always easy to trust in God, but it is so much better when we do trust him.
God wants to trade our anxiety for peace instead.