2 Things Anxiety Loves To Do To People

Because anxiety is rooted in fear, it casts a spell of avoidance on its victims to to keep them away from what is scary. And this goes far beyond heights or terrifying carnival rides. For example, even procrastination and indecisiveness are ways that anxiety tries to take you out of action to prove its so-called “protection” of you.

Because anxiety is the opposite of faith, it plagues its prey with pessimism. And this goes far beyond just being realistic or practical. For example, keeping a negative perspective is a way that anxiety tries to show you how to expect the worst to prove its so-called “helpful thinking” to you.

Jen’s Keeping Room Tips:

1.Be aware that avoidance and pessimism are signs that you’ve been paid a visit by anxiety. When you catch yourself avoiding what you don’t want to face, or finding yourself thinking things are going to turn out much worse than they usually do, consider that this is anxiety and not really your best you.

2.Don’t beat yourself up; it’s hard not to have an anxious spirit in this fast-paced world. But if the Holy Spirit has come and made His home in you, then you can access power, love, and a sound mind to replace a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7). Confessing that you have worried instead of trusting is an invitation to the Spirit of Jesus to get to work inside of you.

3.Ponder this analogy: Being a Christian is both winning the championship and being at training camp at the same time. Check out Titus 2:11-15: His glory has arrived on the scene…pouring grace over you…teaching you…living through you…asking you to wait for Him to work…giving you hope…and redeeming and purifying you all for the honor of being His very own! He says to: declare these truths with authority to your worldly passions (including anxiety) every day, every hour if you have to! And let no one (including anxiety) disregard you! Finally, depend on Him to coach and score against every one of your match-ups against anxiety, including it’s favorite game-plans of avoidance and pessimism.

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