Today’s guest post is by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a clinical neuropsychologist. She shares insight on handling anxiety through the truths in God’s Word.
Worry, fear, and anxiety are epidemic. Anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental health disorders.[i]
It started in Genesis, when Adam and Eve developed an unhealthy fear of God, prompting them to hide in the garden after realizing their nakedness.
God commands us not to worry or fear over 300 times because He knew we would.
Scripture Gives 7 Tips for Handling Anxiety:
- Recognize it exists.
My people perish for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
2. Realize those thoughts aren’t your thoughts.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
3. Ask God what prompted the concern.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)
4. Combat anxiety with the truth of God’s Word.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
5. When tempted to worry, vocalize God’s truth.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
6. Trust God to handle your situation and thank Him for His answers.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)
7. Stand firm, resist the devil, and command him to leave! Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me.
You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s. (Matthew 16:23)
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Anxiety isn’t from God.
Instead, God gives us power, love, and a sound mind.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Will you exchange your anxiety for His power, love, and sound mind?
About the Author:
Dr. Bengtson, author of Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression, is a clinical neuropsychologist and international speaker. She gives practical tools, encourages faith, and offers hope to acquire peace and joy. She blogs at www.DrMichelleBengtson.com.
[i] Kessler RC, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, Chatterji S, Lee S, Ormel J, Ustün TB, Wang PS. The global burden of mental disorders: an update from the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) surveys. Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc 2009;18(1):23–33.