Anxiety

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me…”
  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (In another version of the Bible it reads cast all your cares.)

We are told to not be anxious about anything. God has given us an order not to worry at all. This means we are not to be anxious about anything, big or small. When we do, we don’t have our eyes fixed on God, on His promises as well as who we are in Him. Think about it. When you are anxious, God doesn’t have your care because you are holding on to it. If the care was in His hands and you truly trusted Him with it, it wouldn’t bother you as you would consider the matter closed and dealt with. If you had cast your cares on Him and truly trusted Him, you would consider the matter dealt with and closed.

Anxiety can also take the form of oppression. It’s as if something has a hold of a person and they can’t shake it off. It’s often overwhelming for them. In that case, there is a need for deliverance. (See topic Casting Out Demons.)

How to get rid of anxiety:
  1. Read scriptures relating to anxiety to understand that it doesn’t belong to you as a Christian. God tells us not to be anxious about anything. Anxiety comes from: a) not knowing the Word where God’s promises are concerned, e.g. healing, finances, meeting your needs, victory over Satan; b) not believing the Word; or c) giving in to the flesh (emotions and feelings of worry) rather than standing on the Word of God.
  2. Meditate on 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV): “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” You have the ability to renew your mind and take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
  3. When a situation presents itself, find out what the Word says about it. Find verses that speak to your problem and meditate on them. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation. As you give more attention to God and His Word rather than to your problem, anxiety will dissipate.
  4. Make a quality decision to not let circumstances affect you but declare the Word over all matters using the Name of Jesus – the power behind the prayer or the command. Cast your care unto God. Exercise your power and authority to move any mountain in the Name of Jesus. (See topic Power and Authority as Weapons.)
  5. Trust Him and trust His Word and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
  6. Stand firm and don’t be moved by the flaming arrows the enemy sends your way (e.g. if you are asking God to provide financially, an unexpected bill can come in). Contend for your victory.
  7. If anxiety is not dealt with by taking control over your mind, take authority over this demonic oppression whenever it comes. Command it to leave in the Name of Jesus. Pray in the Spirit and command it to leave until you are free – even if it takes several hours of if you have to contend over a period of time. Ensure that God’s will on the matter is settled in your heart before you begin. You need to start from a position of victory, knowing what belongs to you.
  8. If you are not able to shake off anxiety by yourself and are oppressed by it, ask your church leadership if there is a freedom or deliverance ministry available to you.


Call to action:
One situation at a time, make the decision not to be anxious but to find out what the Word says. Believe God’s promises and cast your cares on Him. If anxiety is an oppression, determine to take authority over it in the Name of Jesus and be set free.