I just don’t seem to be able to get over excessive worrying and negative feelings no matter how hard I pray, what I read or what I listen to. Help!
It doesn’t matter how hard you pray that deals with worry; it’s how
accurately that you pray that deals with worry. He said in Philippians 4:6-8,
“in all things, do not be anxious for anything,” but then He tells us how. He
said, “through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests be
made known to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall
guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus."
So if you want to be free from anxiety, if you want to be free from excessive
worrying and negative feelings, you go to God and make your requests known to
Him. With thanksgiving you make your request known to Him. This is where most of
us miss it. We make our requests known to Him and then we stay worrying. You
can’t offer thanksgiving and worry all at the same time. And so, the way that we
battle worry is through praying and by asking God through the requests that
we’re asking Him and then enter into thanksgiving. Because as we give Him
thanks, then we experience His power, we experience his anointing, we experience
the change that He wants in our lives and we experience the peace that He has
for our lives. Again the Scripture is Philippians 4:6-8.
Since I was a child, I've been overwhelmed with anxiety. I've tried so many different things, yet I cannot seem to overcome this. Can you please tell me how I can overcome this issue?
First of all, the Bible says cast your cares upon the Lord. So you take all
the things you’re anxious about and develop a habit of giving them to God and
saying “God, here, these are yours according to Philippians 4:6-8 and according
to James 4 and 1 Peter 5.” It’s what you’re thinking about that produces
So you have to control what you think about, because what you think about will
produce position emotions or negative emotions. So you need to think on God’s
Word and meditate on God’s Word. And have his Word playing over and over again
in your mind and your heart with tapes, and CDs, all of that to create a new
stream of thought. And that stream of thought will eventually produce a new
stream of emotions, and it won’t be anxiety. If you meditate on the stream of
God’s Word, then it will not produce anxiety anymore. You’ll find the power of
that is broken. Also, get our tapes on overcoming anxiety and stress, and that
will really encourage you as well.
What would be the best way to handle panic attacks?
Well, number one, you have to remember and recognize that panic and fear and
anxiety and worry—they all are going to lead to evil doing. So the best way to
handle it is to, number one, recognize the consequence of it. Recognize what
it’s going to do to you. It’s going to eat away at your life. It’s going to lead
to evil doing. It’s going to cause you to have problems with your, physical
problems, emotional stress that will lead to physical stress as well. And so,
first thing you need to do is recognize how bad it really is. How evil it really
is. Not that you’re evil, but it is evil and it will damage you. So that’s
number one. Recognize the capacity that it has to damage your life.
Number two, cast your cares upon the Lord. Pause in your life, and cast whatever
is bothering you, whatever is on your mind, you roll it over on the Lord. How do
you do that? You say, “Lord, I cast this care on You. According to James chapter
4 and 1 Peter chapter 5, I cast this care on You. You care for me and You said
that you would take care of the situation. And so I throw this over on You.” And
then you enter into praise. You enter into praise, thanksgiving, singing,
I’ve been attacked with depression and worry and anxiety like anybody, and I
remember one time I was so worried and so consumed with anxiety about a
situation that, and I said, “Lord, what do I do about this?” And He said, “Get
up and start dancing.” I put some praise music on. Dancing is not something that
I do. It’s not in my personality. It’s not in my, you know, my makeup. And yet,
that’s what God told me to do. I just started celebrating. I started dancing.
Thank God there were no video cameras, because it would have not looked pretty.
But it got me out of that anxiety. Because I started to praise God and celebrate
with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. And I know that some that think,
“Well, I would never do that.” I didn’t think I would ever do that either. Yet
there is something that happens when you break out of your self. David danced
with all his might. He praised God with all his might. The Bible talks about
praising God with dance and with praise and with celebration, with singing.
So I encourage you to do something that you’ve never done before to celebrate
the Lord and to praise Him and you’ll, that’s the best way I can think of to
deal with panic attacks. And a fourth thing that I would say about it, is the
Bible says, Isaiah 26:3, “The mind that is stayed on Him, He will keep in
perfect peace.” You need to train your thinking, train your mind to think only
on God and God’s Word. And then He will keep you in perfect peace. Perfect peace
will be yours.