(I was two paragraphs into this when FB suddenly ‘had an error’ and I lost it all). Hmm. This must be very important to some)
Prolonged anxiety is very destructive to our health. Here are some symptoms of anxiety that I picked up from various Scriptures: worry, fretting, fear, smoldering anger, impatience, overwhelmed, wrought up, self-hatred, and self-rejection.
The Lord created us with an internal mechanism which turns on when we are faced with danger. It is called fight or flight. It increases our heart rate and breathing as adrenaline pumps into our muscles. It readies our body to fight the danger or flee from it.
However, the brain does not distinguish between real danger and perceived danger. Therefore prolonged anxiety keeps our body in that fight or flight state. When I had the hidden mold in my house, my heart raced all the time. I dropped 21 pounds in three weeks. When I got out of there my heart stopped racing. The mold was hidden until the Lord revealed it to me.
Unresolved issues are also hidden. They keep our bodies in a constant state of anxiety. Why? It takes a lot of energy to keep something hidden. It may be unconscious. We may try to suppress or ignore it, but our brain doesn’t see it that way. The limbic system in our brain has everything locked in its memory.
How do we calm anxiety? First we need to recognize where it is coming from. If you feel anxious, stop and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal its source. The root to any prolonged anxiety is lack of trust.
Matthew 6:25-34 is a great passage to help us grasp this truth. Verse 25 says, “…do not worry about your life…” Verse 26-30 says that the Father feeds the birds, He clothes the lilies, and the grass of the fields. At the end of the verse He gave the root of worry. It is a lack of faith. It is myopic vision. We are looking to ourselves or others, while burdening our heart with our circumstances that we have no control over.
Mark 11:23 says, “…Have faith in God.” If we put our faith in our own strength, others, or in hope that our circumstances will change we will be anxious. That is the flesh way which is futile. Philippians 4:6 Amplified says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
The Lord knows what we need. He does not want us to carry a burden that is not ours to carry. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” True rest is releasing everything that constricts our faith. When our faith is freely flowing to and from the Lord, our inner being will be tranquil or serene.