In our culture of stress and the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to allow our emotions to control who we are and what we do. Many call it anxiety. Let’s explore what that means.
Anxiety is a “disorder” characterized by feelings of worry or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activity. To me, that sounds like bondage. Why do we allow these things to control us people, emotions, anxiety, and the new most used term loosely used, “mental health.”
The root word of anxiety is “anxious.” In Philippians 4:6-7, the Bible says, “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.”
We should explore why we allow these things to take over and control our lives. God is to control our lives. We cannot call ourselves followers of Christ if we allow anxiety to have a leash on us.
Why is this topic so important to me, you may ask? I am in the generation where this is a predominately controls. It leads my generation and so many others away from God.
God is known as our refuge in our time of trouble. When you are feeling anxious, reach out to our one true God. Whenever I feel this way, my idea is not to turn to social media, not to the mouths of friends, but to stop pause and say God touch me. That’s it. God holds me in your hands. Lead me in confidence and truth.
We can not continue to let these things get us farther from God. We must be keen on the Word and firm on what is essential. 1 Peter 3:5-6 says:
“Casting your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Peter did not sugar-coat this. He said to put it on God. Give it to him. What does that mean? Leave it to God, and He will help and guide you where you need to be and have the confidence in him.
I was in a relationship where the enemy of fear, anxiety, and “mental health” controlled the individual. It was not good because the brain was so thick with worry, fear, and anxiety. Instead of building the foundation on God, they turned to other things for comfort.
Being a leader in Christ, it is hard to battle. Trying to lead them wasn’t enough. Instead of worrying, I left it to God for he is our refuge. He is our solution. He is our hope and the One that leads and guides you.
As I leave you, ponder on these things. Ponder on the reasons behind letting these things control you. Remember who our God is. Is He your one true God or your brain that has the spirit of fear and anxiety.
This guest post was written by my son, Jacob Rowland. Jacob serves in many capacities for my ministry, blog, books, podcast, and leadership development. He also serves as a leading voice for myself regarding what rest upon the hearts and minds of the next generation.