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Change from Worry, Anxiety, and Fear
I have often struggled with worry, anxiety, and fear. When I was younger it focused on what others thought of me and the feelings which surfaced when I couldn’t control things going on around me. I was in bondage to the fear of man and I didn’t trust the Lord, mainly because I didn’t really know Him like I thought I did. My sin was separating us.
Since I was raised in a home where my religion taught me all the things I had to do to avoid God’s wrath instead of freely accepting His mercy, grace, forgiveness, and peace, I never was released from the feelings of anxiousness. I often worried whether I was good enough in man’s eyes and in God’s.
When God drew me to Himself and I repented of my sin and began to grow in a personal relationship with the Lord—one where I prayed, read His word, and obeyed it—I was a new creation. The thoughts and feelings of worry, anxiety, and fear didn’t immediately go away the moment I was truly saved. Sometimes they do resurface, but it is how I now respond to these feelings that has changed and given me true freedom.
Through biblical counseling with my Pastor, I was able to see that I was often believing lies and acting on them instead of God’s Truth. I was too focused on myself and my problems instead of on the Lord and His promises. One of the most eye opening times came when I was asked if I thanked God for the trial I was experiencing. I just wanted the “feelings” to go away, I wanted to be normal, I wanted an easier road but God wanted to use this all for my good and His glory.
Through biblical counseling I have learned:
- To be thankful and content in all things (Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:11; Hebrews 13:5, 15).
- To take off the old and put on the new through memorizing Scripture and prayer. This was the only way to change my thinking—by the filling of my mind with the things of God instead of myself or the evil ways of the world. God’s Word is sufficient (Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 4:6-7).
- That I am better able to help and disciple others who struggle because of what God has taught me through my own struggles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
- That God is the only One I have to please and He cares so much for me. As long as I am seeking Him for wisdom and direction and treating others with love and not acting on my pride I am free to need approval from God alone (Proverbs 3:5-8; Matthew 10:28-31; Romans 8:8).
This heart change was not easy at first. With God’s strength I was able to memorize Scripture, adopt other godly disciplines, and humble myself to let Him change me. Each day the habits of seeking God’s will and not my own get easier and He is glorified.
I find that my heart that was once filled with worry, anxiety, and fear is now filled with the love of God which casts out all that once controlled me. I am controlled by His Spirit, enjoying not the bitter fruits of my flesh, but the sweet fruits He graciously gives His children.
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BCC Staff Note: For more on biblical counseling and anxiety, we recommend that you read our BCC interview with Dr. Bob Kellemen regarding his booklet: Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure.