When those dark seasons of fear, anxiety and panic attacks hit, it can feel very hopeless. You pray, you beg, and you plead with God to take it away, but the fear continues to taunt and terrorize your soul. It can be very discouraging and very frustrating. And, very confusing.
I want to share some encouraging words to help you through these dark seasons of fear that can be so crippling and disheartening.
Don’t Believe the Lies
The enemy will constantly lie to you. He is the father of lies (John 8:44). We’ve got to renew our minds from the lies and deception that the enemy uses to create fear. You need to recognize the lies. Do any of these sound familiar:
- I can never change.
- God has given up on me.
- There is no hope.
- I’m too much of a sinner.
- I’ll never be free from this.
- I’m just not strong enough.
All of these are lies. Most likely, they are rooted in years of wrong thinking. The lies were unknowingly spoken over us by parents, family, friends and other influential people in our lives. While they may feel true in our lives, they are not!
Through the truth of scriptures, we must counter those lies with God’s truth:
- We can renew our minds and be changed (Romans 12:2).
- God is for us (Romans 8:31).
- We can overflow with hope (Romans 15:13).
- All of our sins are paid for and wiped away (Psalm 32:1).
- Who the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).
- You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13)
Let God Speak to You
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalms 32:8).
God desires to speak into your life through his tender, loving, divine whispers. Take some time to learn how to hear God’s voice. It may feel foreign to you, but God desires to speak to you. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice.” (John 10:27).
The problem is that we often don’t take time to listen. Or, the busyness and distractions of the day make it difficult to be still and tune in our spirits to God’s Spirit. But, we must listen. “Faith comes by hearing,” (Romans 10:17) so we must take time to listen so that our faith can grow.
When I look back at my life and think through all those years that I struggled with crippling anxiety, panic attacks and fear, it all came down to trust. I believed that I was in charge of my own life. I was responsible for my own peace, my own safety, my own future. The weight of my life was on me.
I can tell you from experience that this is not a good way to live life. The more I learn to trust God and rest in his love for me, the more peace and rest I experience. The more I surrender control to him, the less I have to strive.
Here are some areas that I have learned to trust God more:
- I trust that all of my sins–past, present and future–are forgiven (1 John 1:9).
- I trust that my etermal destination is heaven (1 John 5:13).
- I trust that God will provide all my needs (Philippians 4:19).
- I trust that God will protect me and keep me safe (Psalm 91).
- I trust that he is always with me, even until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
This week, I encourage you to stop believing the lies, let God speak to you and then trust him. Even when we are faithless, he is faithful (2 Timothy 2:13).
Prayer: Father, help me break through this hopelessness. Speak to me heart and show me how much you love me.