• Facing the Giants

    Posted on November 5th, 2009 bob.kellemen No comments

    The Anatomy of Anxiety, Part 11:

    What’s Our Goal?

     

    Note: For previous posts in this blog mini-series, please visit: Part 1: http://bit.ly/aHstk, Part 2:  http://bit.ly/20R01P, Part 3: http://bit.ly/HAoxI, Part 4: http://bit.ly/1I6XmF, Part 5: http://bit.ly/19Jdqt, Part 6: http://bit.ly/19vCXx, Part 7: http://bit.ly/21wPLg, Part 8: http://bit.ly/m50On, Part 9: http://bit.ly/4vhNIt, part 10: http://bit.ly/1ClPr4.

     

    Does worry, doubt, or fear get the best of you sometimes? Do you wonder where anxiety comes from and how to defeat it in your life and the lives of those you love? Then we need a biblical anatomy of anxiety. And, we need God’s prescription for victory over anxiety.

     

    What’s Our Goal?

     

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with anxiety, what’s our goal?

     

    You shout, “To get rid of the anxiety!”

     

    Well, that’s a great desire. It certainly is an acceptable prayer. “Lord, if it be Thy will, remove all feelings and experiences of anxiety.”

     

    The problem is, this side of heaven, not all feelings are “healed,” not all negative emotional experiences are “wiped away.” It’s on the other side of heaven that we have no more tears, sorrow, pain, or suffering.

     

    There’s no guarantee that medication will eliminate anxiety. There’s no promise that talk therapy will remove all feelings of fear. There’s no pledge that biblical counseling or scriptural meditation will eliminate every negative emotion.

     

    When anxiety is totally eliminated, that’s a special grace of God for which everyone gives thanks. But that’s not the everyday result nor should it be our ultimate goal.

     

    Peace in the Midst and Godly Living All the Time

     

    Our goal is peace that passes understanding. Peace that empowers us to live and love like Christ even if we still feel anxious.

     

    Even if we still have fear, our goal is to face our fears in and through Christ for God’s glory and the good of others.

     

    We can and often should change how we respond to our emotions, what we do with our emotions, and how we manage our moods.

     

    We can change the choices we make as a result of the feelings we have. We can address the motivations of our hearts.

     

    We can renew our minds and change our thinking about our feelings, about God, about ourselves, and about others.

     

    We can return to a focus on loving God and others, regardless of our feelings.

     

    All of those are good, godly goals—much better goals than changing or eliminating feelings of anxiety.

     

    Nothing is more courageous than doing the right thing even when we’re terrified.

     

    Nothing is more godly than facing our fears even when our fears are not eliminated.

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