Bible Study On Anxiety And Fear
Trust God, fear is the opposite of faith, just stop thinking about it! This was some of the advice I was given when I was struggling with and trying to overcome fear and anxiety. Well, that’s awesome advice, isn’t it? I needed someone to give me a few practical steps on how to overcome anxiety and fear.
How do Christians overcome fear and anxiety? Trust God, what does that mean? How do you live in faith not fear? I know that fear is the opposite of faith but I just can’t seem to get these thoughts out of my mind.
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What Is The Difference Between Fear And Anxiety?
I was always a fearful person, and just thought it was part of my personality. I remember when I was around 5 or 6, I watched one of the scariest movies out at that time.
After watching that movie, I couldn’t sleep with the lights off, I wouldn’t sleep alone, and I would ask my older sister to hug me at night because I was so afraid. What was I afraid of? Some nights I would feel a heavyweight over me. It had been years and the movie was still affecting me.
Anxiety is another level for me, it comes with physical manifestation. I would ask myself why is this happening? Does fear cause anxiety? Is anxiety a lack of faith? My heart rate has increased, I feel dizzy, I feel like I can’t breathe, I can’t think straight.
My body feels like there is something wrong. Maybe I need to go to the hospital, am I having a heart attack? Just a few of the thoughts that would run through my mind while having an anxiety attack. At the end of the attack, I wondered how to overcome fear in life.
How Do You Calm Down Anxiety?
I’m pacing back and forth through the kitchen to my living room, trying not to let my two girls know that something was wrong.
“Ok Nichole…you can do this just calm down, think about something else, deep breaths” I had to say this in my mind, otherwise they would have wondered why I was talking to myself.
Finally, after about an hour I felt myself calm down. What a relief, I hoped that would be it, and I wouldn’t have to deal with it again, at least for the day. I thought I could control it because I had an idea of what the triggers were.
I was feeling overwhelmed with work, finances, and family. Each time I had to battle an attack, I would pace back and forth talking to myself, urging my mind and body to calm down. I didn’t realize that I needed spiritual steps to overcome fear.
What Does The Bible Say About Fear And Anxiety?
The Bible says For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV. Spirit of fear? Is fear a spirit? Well, that’s what the word of God says.
It all started to make sense, that’s why I couldn’t shake that feeling of fear after I had watched that movie.
Unfortunately, it took me 35 years to receive this revelation. It was the spirit of fear that I had to deal with. I couldn’t talk myself out of it, I had to confront it, but at the time I wasn’t sure how.
Now that I do know, I’m going to give you the steps to overcome fear and anxiety. I like practical ways to handle situations, although I used Bible verses and daily declarations to overcome fear and anxiety, actual steps are needed to achieve a victorious outcome.
Trust God lean on His word, the opposite of fear is love, fear is the opposite of faith. I’m all for that, but what does that mean? We tend to quote these sayings without helping by giving actual steps.
Now don’t get me wrong, serving God isn’t about specific forms, steps or order however there were principles that I followed to show me how to remove fear from my mind and heart.
Lord Please Take Away My Anxiety
1:30 am and I’m up, no way am I feeling like this again, I was asleep, I wasn’t thinking about anything. As I lay there, I contemplated do I get up or just lay down, for some reason I thought that I would feel better if I got up.
I didn’t want to wake up the entire house, so I went downstairs, on my way down I grabbed my Bible because I started thinking, what does the Bible say about anxiety?
Logically, I should have reached for my Bible that morning when I had my anxiety attack, but to be honest, I wasn’t thinking about it, I just wanted to somehow shake that feeling.
As I made my way down the stairs, I wondered is anxiety a sin? Or is anxiety a lack of faith? I quickly shook those thoughts from my head as I could sense that my heart rate was increasing.
I held my Bible close to my chest and just began to walk around not saying anything and I guess not thinking about anything. Then John 14:27 KJV popped into my mind.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I continued to walk around repeating that scripture in my mind. I must have walked around with that verse in my mind for what felt like an hour, then the feeling began to subside, and I went back to bed. This went on day and night for about 2 weeks.
One evening I was watching one of my favorite evangelists and he mentioned that the enemy wants to silence us. He doesn’t want us to open our mouths and say what we need to say. The Holy Spirit gave me revelation at that very moment about how to overcome fear in life. Start speaking and declaring what the Bible says.
I realized that every time I had an attack, I felt so overwhelmed that I didn’t want to open my mouth. The enemy was trying to keep me from speaking out the word!
God And Anxiety Healing
I started to focus on two scriptures about the spirit of fear in the Bible that were laid on my heart by the Holy Spirit.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV and Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid John 14:27 KJV.
I didn’t wait for the attacks to come, regardless of an attack or not, I started to speak those two scriptures daily, they were my daily declaration. I wrote it down and took a picture of it on my phone, so I could have it with me all the time.
When the attacks would come, I was prepared and would repeat those 2 scriptures until it subsided.
I also started studying 1 scripture verse from the Bible daily and would use my concordance to study that verse. Nothing extravagant, just 10-15 mins a day.
Through studying the scriptures, I began to live in faith, not fear, I began to choose faith over fear. I also incorporated more praise and worship in my prayer time.
God And Anxiety Attacks
The attacks didn’t stop immediately, but I noticed that they wouldn’t last as long, then the frequency diminished. Wow! Would you believe that Isaiah 26:3 KJV is true? Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
My mind was more focused on the word of God and I would find myself thinking about the scripture verse that I studied that evening. By studying the word and speaking the word I was feeding my mind on the word. Jeremiah 15:16 KJV, Thy words were found, and I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.
Once I saw that I was getting better I decided to revisit the questions that I had. Is anxiety a sin? Is anxiety a lack of faith? I realized that anxiety is not a sin, but it is a lack of faith. Anxiety is rooted in fear and we all know that fear is the opposite of faith. The Bible says without faith we cannot please God.
Overcoming Anxiety With God
We are Victorious!
We have such a powerful tool in our hands. The word of God is our sword, we need to use it to defeat Satan. Don’t be afraid to speak the word out loud for the enemy to hear.
Search the word and find Bible verses to use as your daily declarations. Satan doesn’t have any weapons that could stand against the word of God, he can try but it won’t work.
Isaiah 54:17 KJV No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Satan is worried about the power that we have through Christ Jesus, that’s why he’s trying everything he can to stop us. But he can’t! I know that the word of God works, it’s evident in my life because I was able to overcome fear and anxiety with God.
You may be feeling weak but remember 2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness! Now speak these I am affirmations over your life: I am a child of God, I am an overcomer, I am who God says I am, I am more than a conqueror.
Speak these words over your life daily, you will see the power of declaration, it will build your faith in God and the enemy will flee!
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Deliverance Prayer From The Spirit Of Fear
Lord, as I read and declare your word, I pray that the Holy Spirit will give me revelation and understanding. Reveal what you are saying to me through your word so that I can be free from Fear and Anxiety in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayer For Salvation
If you are not a believer and you want to receive forgiveness for your sins or if you were a believer and you strayed away from God, repeat this prayer.
Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Wash me and cleanse me. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that You have risen from the dead and that You’re coming back again for me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m saved; I’m born again, I’m forgiven and I’m on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart. Amen.
Congratulations you are saved! Now that you have accepted Jesus into your heart, find a Bible-believing church, and attend regularly, so that you can grow in your knowledge and faith in God. Pray daily, read the Bible, go to church, and tell someone that you accepted Jesus into your heart. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know so that I can pray for you.