I have been through multiple attacks in my life — both physically and spiritually. Some of these experiences have been so unpleasant that I can’t really detail them here. However, one thing is sure — these battles were so real that they have not only left scars in my mind but also literally on my skin. I think many downplay the fact that, more often than not, spiritual attacks tend to manifest in the physical world.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12, KJV)
In the past, whenever I went through such times, it tended to have had a negative impact on my faith — probably to the point where the devil would have been giggling over a glass of distilled blood. At one point, it felt like everything got so out of hand that I had no control anything whatsoever. I entered into a deep state of worry and anxiety. I lost sight of the Holy Spirit and felt powerless.
Now, this whole thing isn’t unprecedented. There are other believers out there who have gone through similar experiences. In fact, many are currently going through similar situations in their lives as you read this, even though they may not speak of it.
For the rest of this post, I will look to share in a few lines what I have been able to learn from my own struggles with worry and anxiety. Especially as it affects our relationship with God and how we can step out from the claws of worry in the room of burden into a place of total peace. I hope it helps someone.
One of the first things I have observed is the relationship between faith and worry; it is inverse. Faith diminishes when worry flourishes. But when your faith flourishes, your worry will diminish. Worry and anxiety mean the devil has implanted something in your life that’s just sitting there intimidating you. And, because of that, you can’t focus on God or the people you love. It robs you of your ability to worship God and truly love.
Worry and anxiety affect your faith. They are tools of the enemy. The devil wants you to feel as though you are on your own and you have to solve your own problems. But that is a lie baked from the devil’s oven. Listen, you have a Father who sees your problems, and He wants to help you. Surrender all to Him now.
“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.” – Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)
The problem is that we like to think we should have everything under control when, in fact, it isn’t meant to be that way. We just aren’t designed to be able to handle everything in life. There are things that are simply beyond us. It doesn’t matter how rich you are, how educated you are, how strong you are. There’s always going to be a problem that your possessions, skills or knowledge can’t solve. The more we depend totally on ourselves to solve all our problems, the more worried and stressed out we become.
God doesn’t just want to give us every resource that we need to get through our problems, He wants to be what we need in every situation. You don’t need to have all the answers or the solutions, you just need to go to the one who does. Just call on God today. Call on God today and cast all your worry on Him. Surrender all to Him now.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)