Okay, I heard something in my spirit. Anxiety is incredible unbelief in God’s ability to perform my tasks. Anxiety is unbelief in Christ’s very Life to perform His will and purpose in mine. So if anxiety is unbelief, then what is it that I am actively believing in? Humans by nature are believers. We will believe in something, even if that something is false. Yep, I am a believer. That’s just how we were made.
A Believer in Hardship
So, if anxiety is unbelief in God’s ability to live my life, then what am I believing in? Hardship! Anxiety is faith in difficulty and struggle. It says that life will always be too hard or impossible. It’s a false faith. And as I have shown, we will even create situations to prove our case. We will manufacture calamity in our life circumstances to support our anxiety. It’s like a “virgin into the volcano” act of worship.
If I’m a believer in trouble, hardship, and difficulty, I will bring it about. I will not be wrong. It’s crazy, right? Why would I purposely sabotage the course of my life? To support my god—anxiety.
It is like an Eeyore spirit, but not so cute: ever the pessimist about all of life. Not only is it my view, but also it becomes my reality. Actually, the frightening thing with this is, even if there isn’t true calamity, our faith in it makes us blind to reality. We’ll believe in the difficulty whether it’s there or not. This is the power of faith!
Believer in Calamity
Now, I’m not shoving ice picks into my tires or lighting my unfiled tax returns on fire. No, it’s less obvious than that. It’s like my example of the woman who thought it’d be a good idea to remodel her house right in the middle of planning for her daughter’s wedding. It’s putting undue pressure on ourselves to support my beliefs. It’s subtle choices that bring about deliberate chaos.
God will so perfectly lay out our tasks in the Spirit. It’s like a road map with landmarks, asking us to invite Him in to perform our lives. Christ’s course is His will and choice. But when we take control and pop a wheelie, God help us! Listening to the whispers of the flesh will make for dire deals.
For it is God who works in you,
both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Life is an invitation for God’s participation. We have the unique ability to choose for ourselves whether or not He is given permission to perform our lives. It’s all set up for us to yield to His life.
The false faith of anxiety feeds on tension, while Christ’s life is about rest. It’s not just an option; it is how to live. When you lay these two paths side by side, it all comes down to one fact: anxiety is rebellion. Either Christ lives my life and I enter His rest, or I give the reins of my life to anxiety and live in torment.
Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands,
let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.