TEXTS: Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:6-8; Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Peter 5:7; Proverbs 12:25
CONFESSION: In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul. (Psalms 94:190)
Dealing with Anxiety as a Christian
Anxiety isn’t that easy because it’s always mistaken that a person’s worrying too much. There’s a distinct difference between fear sin and anxiety mental health disorder characterized by physical brain changes. Anxiety is both mental health and spiritual.
Depression can not only make you question God or feel disconnected from Him, but it can also make understanding the Christian community more difficult. Depression can be even more difficult for Christians because, sadly, many Christian communities have myths and depression-related stigma.
When you or the people around you don’t recognize depression, it makes it harder to seek support. Depression can also distort your truth experience or make you doubt your judgment. Recognizing what depression is and is not real is important.
Many well-meaning people can give you bad advice because they don’t understand depression.
The notion that depression isn’t true is a common myth that stops many people from seeking help.
If you get cold or suffer back pain or any physical illness, is anyone ever telling you that you’re immoral or refusing to trust God because you’re in pain? Since it seems irrational. It’s just as unreasonable to say depression or other mental illness is a sin.
God created a perfect universe, but it was destroyed when evil arose, and the world was never the same. We all suffer from the consequences of evil breaking into God’s perfect world in some ways. Illness, physical or emotional, is one of the ways we truly see how dysfunctional our society is.
Stressors or adverse environmental factors sometimes cause mental illness, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Stressors and adverse environmental factors also cause physical illness. Stress can cause ulcers and raise the risk of heart attack, very serious diseases that require care, not condemnation, including depression.
Anxiety is a mental health condition define by anxiety or paranoia that is intense enough to interfere with one’s everyday activities. It also involves panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. For people like me, anxiety goes hand-in-hand with depression, and I’m not alone. Sadly, anxiety disorders are growing, making it important for the Church to recognize the crisis in our hands.
Depression is another serious disease. For any disease, anyone with depression will receive medical care. While God can divinely heal mental or physical illness, He does not always intervene in this way. He has other soothing forms. God provided compassion and expertise to people, including physicians and mental health practitioners, to support sufferers.
Since chronic stress and trauma can cause body and brain physical and chemical changes, they can trigger or exacerbate depression. Therapy or therapy may be a vital aspect of recovery for many troubled individuals. Being able to handle anxiety and techniques to reduce stressors and deal with challenges will help people recover from depression.
Although depression often has an environmental and emotional component, the underlying issue is usually biological. This is one reason two people may experience the same or similar conditions, and one may develop depression while the other may not. Depression, like all brain-related things, is complex, and not even the most experienced researchers completely understand what causes it.
Doctors also identified several biological causes that trigger or lead to depression, including biology, nonfunctioning brain parts as they should, neurotransmitter and neuron issues (nerve cells), and other medical conditions. Sometimes, drugs help remedy or mitigate these problems and combat depression. People with high blood pressure use medication to aid their circulatory systems work better, you may need to seek medication to help your brain work better.
When you’re a Christian, there’s no shame in taking depression medicine.
Those who are unhappy already have plenty to contend with without constantly being shamed for not doing “plenty.”
Churches also rally around people who go through serious suffering, offer meals to them, and grace. Sadly, mental illness is frequently treated with criticism rather than compassion and motivation.
That is not just unhelpful. It is unbiblical. Depressed or not, it is more important to have a relationship with God than doing or serving. We see that in Jesus’ relationship with two sisters in Luke 10:38-42 (NLT), called Martha and Mary:
When Jesus and His followers were on their way, He came to a village where he was opened by a woman called Martha. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to His words. Yet all the arrangements that had to be made have overwhelmed Martha. She came to him and said, “God, don’t you care that my sister left me alone to do the work? Please let her support me! “Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you’re worried and upset about a lot of things, but you need few things — or indeed one.
Mary has chosen what’s best, so she won’t be taken away.’ Your Spirit and faith are more concerned with God than how much you serve in the Church or how many times you should share your testimony.
Your service to God is an expression of the change that He brought about in your life and not a strategy to win His favor. Yet to have a relationship with God is not about what you should do for Him, no matter what someone suggests.
He has already done this in the death of Christ on the cross, and if you have a relationship with God, you can not risk it by refusing to do things diligently. How to Fix Anxiety
Now that we have developed that anxiety is not a fake or stupid problem.
The next question is: How are we tackling anxiety? Perhaps we need to consider the bigger picture before we can address that issue. The brain and spiritual soul are interdependent on one another in ways we can’t see entirely. This means that there are physical and spiritual strategies that deal with our brain and soul condition. God can cure both anxieties. It’s up to us to decide the best direction to take and to follow wise counsel. Grant Jesus your Heart and Mind
Billy Graham once said: “Anxiety distracts us at its best from our relationship with God, and from the truth that He is” the Lord of Heaven and earth “(Matthew 11:25).
Anxiety is a debilitating illness at its worst, taking over our minds and plunging our emotions into darkness.’ The Bible goes tells us in the book of Philippians chapter 4, “but in all, let your requests be made known to God through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.
And the peace of God that surpasses all comprehension in Christ Jesus will protect your hearts and minds. The first step to being rid of fear is to give Jesus Christ your heart.
After that step is taken, the next one is to start repairing your views on Christ and his promises. (Jn 14:2–3). We have to practice awareness of our thoughts on the battlefield of our minds and take them captive. “Ultimately, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, whenever there is perfection, whatever is worthy of praise, think of these things.
Practice these things, what you have studied and received and seen and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you “(Philippians 4:8-9, ESV, emphasis). Write for Your Blessing
For Christians, it’s necessary to realize that anxiety changes us.
It does change our view. It defies our physical bodies. We know that there is no logical explanation for pumping adrenaline through our veins as if we were running from a Zombie Apocalypse. We think we’re going to pray away our worries. We think we’re going to go to God and let our minds rest on Him. We know our minds and bodies have a battlefield in them. Nevertheless, we may ask for forgiveness for the unction. We should ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to lay their theories aside and place their hands on us. This is all we should hope for. We may be calling for help. Evangelism is everything.
It seems as if our emotions and thoughts are deliberately trying to kill us, for those of us struggling with anxiety.
Simultaneously, we all realize that our emotions are lies that can not and should not be trusted. The sense of fear and anxiety sends our hearts down to the floor in our throats and stomachs. Beyond exhausting is the sense of impending doom. We do, however, have one anchor. The gospel inches us as our emotions threaten to unmoor us. It’s the line of our life. We know God chose us before this world was made, and we also know that we are living in a fallen world. Without a shadow of a doubt, we are convinced that God is with us. He doesn’t want to make us hurt, so he will cure us. What we don’t know is how he’s going to cure us. Would it, like me, still be a thorn in our side?
Could God supernaturally heal us?
Can he use friends, counselors of the Bible, meditation of intercession, and medication? God was believed to remedy all these forms. It is often a mixture. Helpful things to remember for Christians going through depression
Most underestimate depression, and sometimes it holds a stigma.
It is hard to grasp how awful it is when you have been through depression. It’s not easy to find healing, and that takes time. Nobody does have all the answers. But there is some important stuff to note when you’re a Christian going through depression or meeting someone who is.
Do not cut yourself off from Him. Jesus Himself is the true savior we find in our sufferings.
He’d begged for us. And at the cross, in its fullness, He felt separation from Heaven. Our Redeemer knows what darkness means to suffer. But when you undergo a mental health problem and feel alone, it is very easy to forget that God truly is inside you.
The Holy Spirit is God’s presence Himself, alive and present in the lives of those who believe in Jesus. As Jesus was about to be arrested and crucified, the sorrow of His closest followers was sensed.
He knew they were about to undergo a crisis. His response was to announce to them that they were about to change their very existence as individual humans in an unparalleled way. “I have a lot more to tell you, more than you can handle now.
But when He comes, the Spirit of truth, He’ll guide you into all the truth. He won’t speak for himself; he’ll only say what he’s hearing, and he’ll tell you what’s coming. He will glorify Me, and He will obtain from Me that which He will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. Of this intention, I said that the Spirit would receive from Me what He will make known to you “(John 16:12-15, New International Version).
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit’s gift to His followers — God within them — as His way of giving them peace and guidance every day of their lives.
If you put your faith in Jesus, that same Spirit lives within you.
In whatever you’re doing, God could literally not be closer to you.
You are not alone.
O LORD, You misled me, and I allowed myself to be misled. (Jeremiah 20:7, NLT)
“I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life.” (1 Kings 19:4, NLT)
“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have You forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” (Psalm 42:9, NLT)
The Bible provides lots of examples of people feeling sadness, suffering, and disappointment with God. He’s not angry at your honest words. God wants to make a relationship with Him real. Even in your brokenness, His mercy reigns.
God’s love and faithfulness does not depend on you.
Depression makes it difficult to make some of the “right Christian choices”.
God can bring good from something as painful as depression.
God can deal with your doubts, frustrations, failures, and darkest moments, He is astoundingly gracious. He loves all of you, and that’s who he is.
There’s always hope because your low thoughts and emotions are not the reality.
One thing about depression is that it takes away your ability to feel hopeful.
Depression is playing games with your feelings and emotions. Christians are used to experiencing an emotional experience with their religion, such as getting “spiritual high” at a retreat or getting close to God during a strong period with worship. You probably won’t have those emotional experiences when you’re depressed.
Without a shadow of a doubt, we are convinced that God is with us. Tackle the lies that run through your mind with the facts in the Scriptures.
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NLT)
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow— not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38, NLT)
By relying on the group, you will find power.
When you are depressed, the last thing you usually want to do is get around people. The truth is, being alone with your thoughts is probably the most dangerous thing you can do when you’re very sad. Depressive thoughts continue to spiral, and because depression overwhelms your feelings, it’s easy to believe the lies that your life is meaningless, and nobody cares about you.
However, much as you don’t feel like being around people, it’s important to have someone who can always be with you and be a constant reminder that people love you.
If you’re at a point where it seems difficult to go anywhere or even get out of bed, ask a trusted friend to come and spend time with you. Give that person the key if you’re at a point where you can’t get out of bed. When you don’t feel like chatting, watch a movie together, or listen to music. (Avoid emotionally exhausting movies and music that feed your negative thoughts.)
If you can, go to places where you can seek support and help, such as a small church community or a family gathering. Sadly, these areas are often not welcoming or motivating. If that’s the case, it’s very important to find at least a few key people who can walk with you through your depression.
If you don’t feel like you can take the initiative to get yourself out and go out on your own, ask a friend to help. Let someone who attends the same Church come and pick you up on their way to the service.
It’s OK to get medical support.
Seeking for help with depression doesn’t mean that you don’t have enough confidence or that you’re a poor Christian. In the Bible, we see that Jesus heals many people from physical illness, but Christians who understand the Bible well would not use it as proof that people with physical illness lack the faith to be healed or punished. When Christians are physically ill, they visit their doctor. The same experience is true of your mental health.
When you want someone to work with your depression in the sense of your religion, several major churches have staff counselors, and there are a number of Christian counselors willing to help.
Christians will also benefit from secular counseling. Sometimes, insurance does not cover faith-based therapy programs so that secular therapy can be more financially feasible for you.
Many Christian counselors have the option of raising the size of income-based payments. God takes care of your suffering.
When you have depression or other mental illness,remember this: God cares when you’re suffering. You’re in pain, and you may wonder where God is. He’s right there with you, just as He always is, whether you can see it or not.
And if you are so sad that you can not put your thoughts into clear terms, God knows, He sees and hears the cries of your heart, and he is with you.
As Psalm 34:18 (NLT) says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
When you are sure of God’s love amid your misery, it may still be difficult to enter the Christian community. Sometimes you’re going to have to overcome the stigma and misconceptions that surround depression as you seek support. God is able to give you the courage to get the support you need.
Irrespective of what others may tell you, it is not shameful or a sign of bad faith to go to therapy or to take prescription medicine for your mental illness. Some people are never going to realize the reality of depression. Search for people with whom you feel comfortable and who will help you without judgment. People must encourage you, walk beside you, pray for you, and remind you of the truth of God’s love and faithfulness in this difficult season.
You can get through this time with the love and support of God and the people around you.
Ask anyone if you’re sad. Ask your doctor, friend, family member, or counselor. Please don’t suffer on your own, particularly if you feel suicidal.