How do I handle anxiety?

Ice-breaker: Share one thing you are thankful for today.

  • We all have concerns, we all have worries… At what point does a concern turn into anxiety? What constitutes anxiety? What are its symptoms?
  • How do you normally handle anxiety? By focussing on the issue? By trying to escape from it? Can you be anxious without realising it? What should we focus on?
  • The bible says,“ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7) Do you or have you ever felt justified in being anxious for something? Would you agree that some people worry when they have nothing to be worried about?

7 Keys to Overcoming Anxiety and Depression

As these are read out, think which step you struggle most to deal with.

  1. Accept that you need God’s help. Humility is the seed for restoration. Brokenness and willingness are magnets for divine healing (Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 57:15; Psalm 138:8 ; Psalm 34:18).
  2. Confess any known sins in your life; an unconfessed sin is the seed for satanic oppression. Sins authorizes the devil (Proverbs 28:13; 2 Chronicles 7:14, 1John 1:9).
  3. Forgive everyone who has hurt you; forgiveness is the seed for recovery (Matthew 6:14; Mark 11:25).
  4. Ask the Holy Spirit to heal any bitterness and pain in your heart ( Isaiah 61:3).
  5. Focus on the word of God. Flood your mind with the word of God ( Philippians 4:8; Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 119:165; Psalm 19:7-8; Psalm 107:20; Hebrews 4:12).
  6. Speak the word of God unto your mind. God gave you a mouth to conquer your mind. Your mouth is your deliverer (Proverbs 12:6; Isaiah 49:2; Jeremiah 5:14)
  7. Maintain an attitude of thanksgiving. Worship corrects your focus. Thankfulness is the medicine for moaning. Worship attracts divine presence and breaks up satanic strongholds of anxiety and depression (Psalm 149:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Daniel 6:10).

If you are comfortable to share your thoughts, please do so. Without any judgment we can pray for each other in our weaknesses and cast our burdens upon the Lord.

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