Overcoming Panic and Anxiety

Panic is an illogical emotional reaction caused by overwhelming fear. It is a sign of untamed anxiety. Anxiety becomes strengthened and magnified when permitted. Your mind magnifies whatever you permit it to focus on. In other words, anxiety cannot multiply voluntarily without your permission. When you dwell on the pain of your ordeal or on an anticipated ordeal, you are authorising your mind to multiply your anxiety. And when anxiety is well nurtured, it births panic.

Panic is a product of one’s misplaced focus. Panic is proof that you are relinquishing the control of your mind to your circumstances. It is a sign that you are losing the battle of the mind. It is also a statement of your lack of trust in the Living God. The bible says that, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever” (Psalm 125:1). When panic sets in, it’s a signal that you are not completely trusting God regarding the trouble you are facing. Panic is a symptom that explains your attempt to deal with your trouble or expected trouble in your own strength.

God’s desire is that you trust Him in challenging situations. He longs to hear you call on Him with unshakable confidence in His power to deliver. He 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7).

God wants to be Lord over your entire life, not only in your prosperity, but also in your pain. He wants to flood your mind with His peace. In the midst of your trials, His intention is to guide your heart and mind, through His Spirit, to focus on His Word which is able to build you up and orchestrate your deliverance (Acts 20:22).

Panic permitted is pain protracted. Therefore, turn your panic to praise. Cast your burden upon Him and He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22). Stop focussing on your anticipated loss and start focussing on God’s sure promises regarding your life (Psalm 119:165). Begin to build your faith and put your trust in the Ancient of Days. He will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is fixed on Him (Psalm 26:3). Allow Him to destroy your panic and plant hope and divine solutions into your spirit (Jeremiah 33:3). He will surely come and will not fail you.

“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

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