Anxiety from a Christian Perspective
Ok, I will not even beat around
the bush here. The NIMH, Behavioral
Therapist, FDA, and all the "Doctors" associated with diagnosing and
treating this symptom are incorrect in their approach. Whereas
commonplace medical science would call anxiety a disorder by which we
should medicate and treat according to the specific type of disorder.
They even admit that the root of these disorders is fear in one
article I read, which stated:
The anxiety disorders discussed in here are:
- panic disorder,
- obsessive-compulsive disorder,
- post-traumatic stress disorder,
- social phobia (or social anxiety disorder),
- specific phobias, and
- generalized anxiety disorder.
Each anxiety disorder has its own distinct features,
but they are all bound together by the common
theme of excessive, irrational fear and dread.
So, What I do not understand is why do we treat
something that is obviously not a medical condition, with medicine?
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There are two approaches that must be taken to
successfully treat and rid ones self of this. The first is Spiritual,
and the second is mental habit. By this I mean that we must first bind
the strongman (or the spirit of fear) from our lives and then break
the habits of giving into the fear that we have built throughout the
First, let me remind you that
fear is not from God. Fear is from Satan. II Timothy 1:7 says, "God
has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and a sound
mind." Every time you feel fear in your life, it is a
manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. Fear is one of the ruling
spirits. I often say in my teachings that fear is the "master spirit,"
or the spirit Satan uses to try to rule God's people and to keep them
from coming under the leadership of the true Master, Jesus Christ.
One of the many benefits
available to Christians is freedom from fear. When we avoid making
changes or confronting issues in our lives because of fear or dread,
we need to remember that God has promised to go before us and bring us
through victoriously as we obey Him.
When we are facing a job
interview, for example, instead of being afraid that we will make a
bad impression and fail to get the position, we need to ask God to
prepare the heart and mind of the interviewer and help us to present
ourselves in the very best light. When God "prepares the way," we can
trust that whatever happens will turn out for our good according to
His perfect plan for us.
The Bible tells of a man named
Abram who trusted God in spite of his own personal fear. Now... the
Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from
your country, from your relatives and your father's house, to the land
that I will show you (Genesis 12:1).
How would you feel if God told
you to leave your home, your family, and everything that is familiar
and comfortable and head out to an unknown destination? Full of fear?
That is precisely the challenge Abram faced—and it frightened him. But
God's words to him were "Fear not." It is the same message He gave to
Joshua when He called him to lead the children of Israel to take the
land He had promised to give them as their inheritance (see Joshua
1:6-9). And to all who set out to follow God's plan today, He says,
Many times we think we should
wait to do something until we are no longer afraid. But if we did
that, we would probably accomplish very little for God, for others, or
even for ourselves. Both Abram and Joshua had to step out in faith and
obedience to God and do what He had commanded them to do—even though
fear came against them.
That is precisely what God wants
us to do. Even if our mouth is dry and our knees are shaking, we need
to keep asking God to strengthen us. We need to determine that our
lives are not going to be ruled by fear but by the Word of God.
As we saw before in Genesis, God
gave Abram a tall order. He said, "Pack up and leave everyone you know
and everything you are comfortable with and go to a place I will show
you." If Abram had bowed his knee to fear, he never would have
fulfilled his destiny to become all God created him to be—the father
of many nations.
In the same way, if Joshua had
not overcome his fear and been obedient to God's that God had prepared
Giving in to fear alters God's
best plan for your life.
Kenneth Copeland "War on Fear"
Joyce Meyers "Overcoming Fear"