“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16
This week Lead Pastor Carl Gulley continued our Let My People Go series with a message on the pharaoh of anxiety. Anxiety disorders in America are the leading mental health problem among women and second among men. Anxiety is not a sin. It is an emotion that God doesn’t want us to be controlled by. If we allow anxiety to dominate our lives, we will allow it to steal our joy.
A common misconception is that anxiety and fear are the same. Fear and anxiety are related, but they are very different.
FEAR SEES A THREAT; ANXIETY IMAGINES ONE.
Throughout the morning we discussed some of the causes of anxiety in our lives:
- Change // Not everybody does well with change. A change in our normal rhythms can lead to anxiety.
- Responsibilities // We move faster than ever with less margin in life to process it. We sleep less, have more activity and have less time to process all that can happen in our jam-packed lives
- Personal Challenges // From strained relationships to strained bank accounts, fighting cancer or post-partum, anxiety loves to present its case that if a bad thing can happen, it will happen.
Truth may be attached to our anxiety. Change and personal challenges are very real. Anxiety comes when we feel like we don’t have control of the situation, and we feel like the worst outcome is the only outcome.
WHEN YOU FEEL SURROUNDED, THERE IS A BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND.
The battle with anxiety is a battle for God’s vantage point. Throughout our morning, we took a look at the story of Elisha in 2 Kings. Elisha was surrounded, but was filled with peace because he could see where God was present in the situation.
WHEN WE’RE SURROUNDED, WE NEED GOD TO GET BIGGER.
Anxiety wants us to believe that God doesn’t see us in our situation. In those places of feeling surrounded and helpless, we need the truth of God’s promises and His perspective to see beyond our situation. Even today, He wants to give you a prophetic word that you can hang on to in the midst of any situation.
We were not made to be ruled by anxiety. We were not made to feel surrounded. Let’s ask God for His perspective. He always has a way out for us, let’s ask Him to reveal that to us today.
IN RESPONSE //
- Perspective Shift // When we feel surrounded and trapped, we need God’s perspective. God will always give us a way out and lead us into life, but sometimes we can’t see what He’s doing. If you are feeling the weight of anxiety, ask God to reveal Himself in your situation.
- Prayer // Anxiety comes when we relinquish control, a way to combat this anxiety is to spend time in prayer and to rest assured that we have given control of our lives to Jesus who loves us.
- The Written Word // In times of uncertainty look to Scripture, the living Word of God to guide you through difficulties in life that may lead to anxiety, and trust that living out what is written is what brings glory to His name.