Our current teaching series at Southland is called War. Jesus has already gone to battle and won for us and He wants us to live in freedom. But it doesn’t mean the adversary won’t continue to distract us and create destruction in our lives. Max Lucado uses the acronym CALM as a way to help us when we’re anxious. C stands for Celebrate God’s goodness. The A is Ask God for help. Tell God what you need… (Philippians 4:6)
I have struggled significantly with anxiety in my life. There was even a season where my doctor suggested I try some medication to help. For Christians, there is a compounding effect related to the anxiety struggle: Guilt. Guilt so often closely follows the anxious feelings of Christians because aren’t we instructed repeatedly throughout scripture not to worry? We’ve read the phrases over and over: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not worry about your life. Do not be anxious about anything. Fear not. Who of you by worrying can add a single day to your life”… just to name a few. So when moments of anxiety grip the life of a believer, it can feel as though we’re being disobedient.. that we lack faith.
The longer I’ve been on this journey, the more I’ve come to realize the repetitive nature of scripture around certain issues isn’t intended to beat us over the head. For me, the repeated reminders are God’s way of saying He knows this struggle is real and He longs to help. Sometimes I have to ask repeatedly in order for someone to truly believe that I sincerely want to help them. God often has to do the same with us.
Has guilt held you back from confessing your anxiety to God? He’s ready to cover you with His peaceful presence. Just ask.