Anxiety is like the ring in a bull’s nose. You know why they put a ring in a bull’s nose? Yeah, it does become like a hood ornament on a Cadillac, but it has a wonderful function. A ton of hamburger meat thrusting towards you is a frightening thing. Who wants to have that barreling down on them . . . no one sane! But a little ring, strategically placed right in the soft, tender flesh of the nose, is more than enough to stop him. I can make that mass of beef stop dead in his tracks with just a little twist of that ring. Wouldn’t you stop?
My Anxiety Ring
So how do I relate this T-bone with anxiety? The problem, is I am the bull and Satan has access to me when I am in anxiety. The devil can gain my undivided attention when he twists that little ring. Then I am led down his destructive paths. Satan has the right to torment me, if I am looking to live my life by the power of anxiety. Yep, a right!
As I have stated, anxiety is being determined to do it on your own – belief that flesh is sufficient to achieve and perform life’s tasks. Unfortunately, this system of thought is counter to the life of Christ and opposed to His purposed provision. He paid a high Price to bring us into amazing victory.
To choose the “ring of power” (anxiety) over the Power of Life has the consequence of all that Satan wants to deliver. Yes, illness, chaos, destruction, paralysis, heartache, alienation, depression, mental illness, fatigue, panic attacks, addiction . . . basically all the fruits of living death.
I don’t mock the one in anxiety, because I be one of you! And I do know the fruit of the anxious life. If we are all honest, it is clear that it is not true LIFE as Christ paid for.
I’ve written more that will follow this post over the next few days, which I believe takes us to the true crux of the matter, as well as to the complete Solution.