"Anxiety is the painful uneasiness of the mind that feeds on impending fears." In its mildest form we simply become tied in knots and fret and worry. In its most severe form we panic.
What Does Anxiety Cause?
- A lack of productivity and fruitfulness.
Anxiety causes one to become entangled in worry and overly concerned with the unimportant.
"Anxiety chokes our ability to distinguish the incidental from the essential, so we get distracted. In the midst of the worrisome details, we add endless fears, doubts, tasks, expectations, and pressures. Eventually we lose focus on what matters. We become distracted by incidentals and, at the same time, neglect the essentials. We have allowed incidental worries to entangle our minds like a thorny vine."
-A lack of joy and a judgmental spirit.
Anxiety causes us to be impatient and hyper-critical of people. In the long term it causes us to be bitter and unforgiving of folks.
What Causes Anxiety?
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." ~ 2 Tim. 1:7
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." ~ Eph. 6:12
How is Anxiety Cured?
#1. By walking in the spirit and not in the flesh.
#2. By walking by faith and not by sight.
#3. By attempting to please God, rather than people.
#4. By being content, rather than unsatisfied.
#5. By trusting Christ, rather than ourselves.
Man is body, soul, and spirit. I for one understand that there are physical (body), emotional (soul) and spiritual aspects of worry (anxiety). In this blog entry I simply have been concerned with the spiritual aspect. I do not pretend to know all the answers; in fact I do not even know all the questions.
" Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and MINDS through Christ Jesus." ~ Phil. 4:6-7
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