I would like to do a couple posts on the way-too-common sin of anxiety. First, I will diagnose so we are on the same page, and then proceed with resolution and the solution.
I wish I could say that I’ve never struggled with anxiety but I can’t. Being anxious was a besetting sin of mine. John, in my old man, is anxious! And whenever I allow that old nature to live my life, I am in anxiety. There is only One source of peace, and that’s the Prince of Peace. And it is only His life, as my life, that lives anxiety-free.
Anxiety: Stronghold and Motivator
My being anxious started almost at the beginning of my life. And I courted that sin so long that it became a stronghold. I have even used it as a motivator to get things done. Like a soccer mom on meth, I used this drug just to get my day done. And the result of this action is the same as using meth. My use of adrenaline burned out my innards, just like meth eats the center of its addicts. A hulled out shell is left in the wake. Anxiety is addictive, deadly and used by Satan to destroy its users, just like meth. OMG!
Oh anxiety is crafty! It disguises itself as concern, excitement, even passion – but the fruit is not any of these. Anxiety is a deep fretting or fear of death. It is deceitful because often I won’t even feel afraid or anxious yet I’m in anxiety. I can be sitting calmly in a chair, and though my external frame is still, my insides are racing.
It sounds like this: “Oh God, I won’t get this done, it’s a crisis! What if the worst-case scenario happens, (in my world, my community, to my family members or in my life)? Look at this mess; I can’t get it dealt with! Or _____!!!” Fill in your blank. Though the situations are individual to us, the sin is the same: anxiety. It might even be just that foreboding sense of something amiss.
Anxieties stem from assessing a situation within our own opinion rather than from the mind of God. And it is supposed to hurt when we think separately from God. The tree of knowledge in the Garden was just this: the choice to think apart from God. The result of making this choice is still the same for us today, DEATH.
Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
Romans 8:6 Amplified