You can’t breathe. Your heart is pounding out of your chest and your mind feels likes its swirling down a dark rabbit-hole of thoughts. These thoughts speak of dread, of everything that could go wrong, impending doom, and fear. You’re having a panic attack. And no one can talk you out of it. Sometimes its easy to pin-point your “triggers” and other times it’s not so easy.
Panic attacks/ anxiety attacks/ whatever you wish to call them can feel like a prison sentence. Never knowing when one is coming can put you in even MORE fear; fear of the attack itself.
So is this a life sentence? Are these attacks just something you need to cater to and work your life around? Are these your “normal?”
But what if a doctor has told you they are?
But what if anxiety runs in your family?
But what if _________?
Here’s how I know and why I’m so confident in telling you the same. Because JESUS DIDN’T PAY THE DEBT FOR ANXIETY JUST SO YOU COULD LIVE WITH IT.
Sorry/not sorry for all the caps, I don’t mean to yell, but I do mean to adamantly get across to you that the little lie Satan keeps whispering in your ear, that anxiety is your new normal, is just that…a lie.
Because when we accept lies, we give them the legal space to be there. We allow that lie to put down roots in the soil of our hearts and get comfortable. The lies you allow to stay around become truth in your life. Much like not allowing a poisonous snake to coil up and sleep in your bed, you have to learn to recognize poisonous thoughts and “false truths” to reject them from your mind.
What’s a “false truth?” It’s any statement that presents itself as truth while be contrary to the truth found in God’s word.
Maybe you don’t struggle with anxiety but maybe there is something else that plays in the background of your mind like a dripping faucet or the annoying hum of a florescent light about to short-out. Maybe you’re plagued with thoughts of uncertainty, self doubt, thoughts of never being ‘good enough” or measuring up to “everyone’s” expectations. These are thoughts that try to put down poisonous roots in your life.
Let me teach you a secret. Well, its not really a secret. Its written plainly in the Word of God for anyone who reads and believes. But so often Christians DON’T KNOW the Bible has anything to say about anxiety and fear. They know Jesus came to save them from eternal damnation but don’t know the entirety of what Salvation provided. Jesus came to bring salvation and wholeness to your Spirit, Soul (mind, will, emotions), and Body.
Anxiety lives in our Soul (mind, will, emotions) realm with the effects eventually radiating out to our body. There are physical results (panic attacks, chemical imbalances, ticks, nervous habits, etc.) that come as a result of the war going on our mind and emotions.
So here is how to take charge of what’s going on in your soul: It’s called, “Take and Replace.”
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:5
Do you see that? Thoughts and emotions have a voice, and when they raise their voice as an argument or lofty opinion against the truth from God’s word, we can “take that thought captive” and put it into obedience to Christ by “replacing” that thought with truth from God’s Word.
Take the anxious thought of, “I’m going to fail,” and replace it with Truth thoughts from the Word, “God always causes me to triumph.” 2 Corinthians 2:14.
Take the thought, “Mental illness runs in my family. This is my future too,” with “But I have the mind of Christ” and “By His stripes I am healed.” (1 Corinthians 2:16 & 1 Peter 2:21-25)
Take charge of your thoughts by getting truth out of your mouth! Even in the middle of an anxiety attack, get Truth out of your mouth. When your ears hear Truth from God’s Word, it builds you up from the inside out. Getting stronger on the inside leads to strength radiating to the outside. Build up your heart with truth, then get it out of your mouth!