Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. However, when people experience regular bouts of high levels of anxiety, it could become a disorder.
“Anxiety disorders affect 40 million people in the United States. However, only 36.9 percent of people with an anxiety disorder receive treatment.” Adam Felman, MedicalNewsToday
What Lies Behind Your Anxiety?
Fear lies behind your anxiety, but what is this fear? The problem with most people is that they stay in the anxious feeling, worrying, and imagining the worst, without learning how to stop it and see what’s causing the anxiety.
When you know what’s causing the anxiety, then you have something you can work with, at least.
So, instead of just feeling anxious and fearful, you can find a new way by standing back and observing your emotions. Start to ask yourself questions like:
- Why am I feeling anxious right now?
- What is causing me to feel this way?
- Why do I think this way?
- Is there any reality to what I’m thinking?
- What am I really afraid of?
For example, if it’s a new job and you’re not sure if you’re up to it, now that you’ve passed the interview, and you start to feel anxious.
What goes through your mind at this time? Something like, “I can’t cope, how did I manage to convince them in the interview that I was the right person for the job?, I feel like a fraud, I can’t do it, maybe I should just stay in my current job (it’s not so bad really).”
You start to panic, and you look for ways to run! Fear kicks in. Now at this point, you must stay calm and start to go deeper and ask yourself some more questions. “Why do I say I can’t cope now, after passing the interview? Where is this fear coming from?”
It usually goes back to an experience of failure or perhaps in your childhood, your family did not encourage you to be ambitious or told you you were no good.
By being the observer of your anxiety, you can now look at your training and experience and see that you are well trained for the job and very capable. That’s why they offered you the job!
Maybe you’ve never had such a good opportunity like this before, and you are afraid of failure, which leads to feelings of anxiety.
What Are Your Core Beliefs?
You may have a belief somewhere that is causing you to self-sabotage. You worked so hard to get this job, and now with your anxiety, you are ready to run.
You need to look deeper to see what core beliefs you’ve picked up along the way that say you do not deserve to be happy, successful, or prosperous. Is it really your belief, or was it passed on to you from someone else?
When you detect the core belief that is causing you to sabotage your life, you can replace it with something you do believe today, such as, “I deserve to be happy. I have a right to my own life, I am good enough, I am worthy, I can cope,” etc.
The reason people remain anxious is that they choose to stay stuck in that feeling without exploring what lies behind it.
The treatment you will need will depend on the extent of your anxiety. For some, psychotherapy (CBT) may be helpful, but for others, you can learn to deal with it yourself.
Why Anxiety Points Towards An Identity Problem?
Do you know who you are? If you don’t know who you are, then you will be tossed to and fro and unstable in all your ways. One day, you’ll follow this trend, the next day something different. All this leads to confusion, which in turn will trigger your anxiety.
When we know who we are In Christ (a child of God), we feel more secure. In the Bible, the Book of Ephesians puts it this way, “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14)
Knowing who you are, brings a sense of calmness and assurance. If you are coming from a position where you accept that you are a child of God and that you were created by God for a purpose, that He is in control, then you have nothing to fear.
If God is in control and you have given your plans and ambitions to Him, then you can trust that He can and will get you through it.
Jesus never said life was going to be easy, in fact, he said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
So, it’s not a strange thing that life gets difficult. You will have trials and tribulations, it is part of life, and you know what Jesus had to go through, so he does understand your fear, but he didn’t fret when he had trials, He prayed and trusted in The Father.
Jesus was never anxious, but he was concerned and often troubled, but he cast all his cares onto the Father, which is exactly where we are to be casting our cares too. He overcame the world and you can too!
This is your right as a child of God, to be an overcomer. You may struggle and you may fall, but you will get back up again because you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you. “…Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
“Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again”
Come Back To Yourself
Anxiety is a sign that you are out of balance and not connected to your true self. Your true self is your spiritual self that is connected to God and life. It has a natural flow. You feel comfortable in your own skin and feel at one with yourself and your surroundings.
Anxiety is a sign that there is some conflict going on within you. You are denying yourself in some way. You are not being true to yourself. It can be a signal to turn around.
You may be going in the wrong direction, mixing with the wrong people, doing the wrong job, and just living in a way that is not congruent with who you are at the core, the person God created you to be.
Society is built to drive us far from our true selves. You would wonder how any of us managed to find our way back to God in a world that does everything to distract us from that path to the true self.
God is the one who gets us home in the end, but we have to want to return to Him.
Once you acknowledge that you have been separated from God’s love and grace by following the ways of the world, then you will be able to turn to God and ask him to restore you to a peaceful state and free you once and for all from your anxiety.
Made Alive In Christ
You must realize that as long as you remain separated from God, The Father, you can never know true peace. When you are made alive In Christ through the mercy of God, only then can you experience this peace.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-8)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace
Why not trade in your anxiety for Gods’ peace? When you repent of your sins and say to God that you don’t want to live that old life anymore, He will forgive you and restore you to a place of balance, and peace.
He will do it! He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding. A peace the world knows nothing of. (Philippians 4:7)
Live As Those Made Alive In Christ
The Bible gives us clear instructions on how we should live this new life In Christ Jesus. It’s plain and simple, put to death your old life.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
Jesus preached peace, but the peace God gives, the world knows nothing of. You must ask God to show you mercy and give you this new life In Him. No one can give you salvation, but God himself.
He is seeking a broken, and contrite heart. So, humble yourself before the Lord and seek his grace, love, and mercy.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:15-16)
Based on Scripture, this article explains that living without God will inevitably lead to anxiety. Your anxious feelings are just a sign that something is wrong and needs adjusting.
When you discover your true identity, In Christ Jesus, you will not be anxious, but filled with His peace.