Two Kinds of Anxiety

Gideon gradually came to realize that God’s call to a person is never dependent on that person’s strength or ability.

 

God’s call is determined by His own plan and power. We are asked to respond with faith in His strength. It should be noted that the more Gideon comes to believe God’s plan by faith, the more he is able to go forth in complete faith. He is able to follow God’s plan for the future. Though he is initially afraid, he moves forward in faith! This is how we should walk when God’s plan is revealed to us about our lives. Though we realize that we cannot do it alone, our faith will grow in God. We will be able to face anything that the devil may throw in our way.

 

Fear can do one of two things: paralyze or mobilize. Paralyzing brings doubt of God wants to do through us. We may fear that the problems will never change. Negative doubt-filled messages could have played over and over in his mind. It would have been like a broken record, but Gideon did not let it happen. If this would have been the case, his response might have been would have been “mighty warrior?–not a chance!”

 

Just like Gideon experienced a time of anxiety, we are subject to these times as well. Anxiety is not to be feared. It must be understood and be used as a prompt to trust in the Lord all the more. The Bible advises the following:

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God; trust also in me.”

John 14:1

 

Moderate Anxiety

 

Normal, fearful concern–can be healthy and helpful.

-It motivates us and leads to increased efficiency.

-It forces us out of our “comfort zone.”

-It can cause us to live dependently on the Lord.

 

Notice what the psalmist says:

 

“When anxiety was great within me,

your consolation brought joy to my soul.”

Psalm 94:19

 

Intense Anxiety

 

Abnormal fearful obsession–is more profound and problematic.

-It makes our concentration difficult.

-It causes us to be forgetful.

-It hinders our performance.

-It blocks our communication with others.

 

Notice Solomon who is known as the wisest man on earth said:

 

“Banish anxiety from your heart.”

Ecclesiastes 11:10

 

Question:

I have had a number of panic attacks and thought I was going to die. How can I overcome my irrational fear of death?

 

Answer:

You can experience peace–a lasting peace–when you realize that you have absolutely no control over the moment of your death. Based on the Bible, God has already determined the exact number of your days on earth. Therefore, face the fact of your death head-on. You must say the following to the Lord:

 

-“I choose to trust You with Your perfect plan for my life…and my death.”

-“I yield my will to your will.”

-“Thank you for giving me Your perfect peace.”

 

“All the days ordained for me were

written in your book before one of them

came to be.”

Psalm 139:16

 

“Man’s days are determined; you have

decreed the number of his months

and have set limits he cannot exceed.”

Job 14:5

 

 

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