Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
Anxiety is usually based on unfounded fears. Often, the individual who is experiencing anxiety is more preoccupied with what might happen in the future than what is currently occurring in their life. They tend to lose focus on the day-to-day issues because they are so overwhelmed with the fear of the future. Anxiety can come in many forms. One may experience just a short or occasional period of anxiousness, or years of being completely paralyzed by it. Anxiety can cause physical difficulties such as headaches, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing, or excessive sweating. At the very worst form, it can lead to a nervous breakdown.
Scripture emphatically tells us not to be anxious. You may say that it cannot be helped, but it clearly can be if you are a Christian. There are steps you can take to gain the confidence that you can be freed from the burden of anxious feelings. First and foremost, you must accept in your heart that this unrealistic thought process is not of God. It stands in opposition to faith. It refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of God in your life as the Captain of your ship. God is in control, and that should give you great comfort. Even in the midst of a storm, He is there.
Steps to Freedom from Anxiety:
1. Confess the sin of carrying anxiousness.
2. Acknowledge the sovereignty of God in all situations.
3. Reject the spirit of fear that has dominated your thought processes.
4. Decide to fight the negative thoughts by actively casting them down and replacing them with positive thoughts.
5. Ask the Lord for genuine solutions to your problems.
6. Consider professional counseling if your situation is more than you can deal with.
7. Read the Bible, and expect a transformation of the mind.
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4).