Deliverance from Anxiety…
We have talked about our physical health, our relationship with God, our mental thoughts, and practical ways to deal with panic and anxiety, and all of it is good. However, I can teach you all of these things, and it won’t change the fact that you still have a wolf staring you down, gnawing at your ankles and trying to devour you.
If satan can take a strong man or woman, such as yourself, and get you in the fetal position, then he has just disarmed another child of God. You are in for a battle.
Your freedom depends on it.
As long as satan can keep you crippled in fear, the plans and purposes that God has for you will be thwarted. Satan has no authority over your body, or your life, but he can sure intimidate us to think he does. He has stolen what is the Lords’, he has robbed you of your inheritance (which is peace & joy). He is turning your worship from God towards him. He thinks he is winning, you may even think he is winning. It’s Operation Torment.
Does the knowledge that satan has a plan to torment you make you angry? I HOPE SO!!! Mad enough to fight back?! I HOPE SO!!!!
I spent a lot of nights, begging God to deliver me from the torment of fear. I begged God for deliverance from anxiety. I spent many nights trying to figure out how I had become so ill, so fast, with no hope of healing. I knew this was a battle, sheesh!, it was a battle to shower, drive, spend time with people, to be at church, of course it was a battle. So the fact that I was fighting so hard to just make it through the next panic attack, or next obsessive anxious thought, the idea of picking up my spiritual sword and fighting against principalities of darkness was overwhelming! God’s call to fight was often preceded by a weary “I can’t fight anymore” Then one day God spoke to me very clearly about the battle I was in.
“You’re in for a fight, Sarah, it’s a hard fight, but you are guaranteed victory”
What? We are guaranteed victory? I was perplexed by this. I had so many questions. I thought to myself “If I had to go into a battle, a battle I was guaranteed to win, how would I approach it differently?” thought on this for a long time and I came to this conclusion. If I had to fight a war I knew with all certainty I would win I would fight with everything I had, and I would be the worst sport about it! I would laugh in the enemies face every time I struck him and he fell! I would be confident, persistent, and long-suffering! And not only that, when the battle was won, I would have enough strength left over to go back into the enemy’s tent and take it all back AND MORE!
I am telling you with all honesty that I am stronger in spirit than I ever was before, I fear less things than I did before I had my breakdown, and not only that, I have been able to pass on that freedom to others!
So ask yourself… how would you fight in a battle that you were guaranteed to win?
You’re already Free!
God says that we are actually MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!!! Which means, you’re not only going to win this battle, you are going to gain from it!
Nothing is going to separate you from the love that God has for you, the plans and blessings he has for you. Not even your mind, or your harmful thoughts, or your weird thoughts, or your irrational fears!
YOU ARE ALREADY FREE!!!
YES, you are!!!!!!! ( I seriously need to stop blog yelling)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 31-40
My friends, Satan has you deceived. He is whispering in your ear that you are perishing, and I am here to tell you as a victorious survivor of the battle, that it’s a lie.
A very powerful lie…
But a lie.
Time to gird yourself with the truth and lift up your sword. We’re going to battle!
How does God respond to our captivity?
This scripture came in like a double edged sword one night. I was lying in bed in great despair, blaming God for abandoning me. How could he leave me here, where was he, where was his healing? I wanted deliverance from anxiety at any cost. As I opened my bible I read this Psalm. As I read it, I could smell, taste and see the response of God to my captivity, it was at this moment, I knew he was coming…. read it through, and then just read the highlighted words. WOW
Psalm 18: 1-19 (28-39) (46-50)
7 Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
8 Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down
10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His secret place;
His canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before Him,
His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
16 He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. 19 He also brought me out into a broad place;……
37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. 38 I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet. 39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
This scripture was the center of my life for over a year. Do you hear him saying this to you? The Lord wants you free. He is angered by your captivity. He’s not angry at you, but at the enemy who has ensnared you. God has heard your cries for deliverance and he is coming, and he is fuming, and he is enraging the heavens on your behalf. God, right now, even in reading this, is strengthening YOUR hands for battle. He is equipping YOU to stand against your enemies. He is teaching YOU to fight, so that YOU will indeed be able to leap over the next wall that comes your way, so that YOU will be more than a conqueror!YOU will not be the same when you are delivered from this. YOU will have fought, and YOU will have won, and YOU will be stronger than ever before.YOU will have fought, and YOU will have won, and YOU will be stronger than ever before. Click To Tweet
How to receive deliverance from anxiety
In my book Fearless in 21 Days, I address the truth that we were designed body, mind & spirit. Not all mental health issues are spiritual, not all mental health issues are mental, but indeed spiritual. This is when we ensure that we are taking care of our whole person, not just one aspect, if we want to truly be free. However, there comes to a place in healing we can’t go any further on our own and we need God’s supernatural touch….
In my distress I called upon the Lord David cried out to God for his deliverance. I can remember falling to my knees in my home and begging God to set me free. I grieved before him, and begged him to deliver me so many times. I know he heard me because he answered my prayers. The prayers of others You need the army of God. You need the saints. You need people praying for you! You will not get through this alone! Call in the troops! Don’t be ashamed. Don’t let the enemy keep your fear of man, from your deliverance.
Desperation before reputation
How bad do you want to be free? If you were as desperate as I was, I was a fool before the Lord and others, I didn’t care. I was desperate for healing. I would attend bible study and I was that crazy lady on her knees praying out loud. I was that person who ‘always went up for prayer’, I was unhindered before God. I am not saying this as a boast. Ugly cries in crowds of people are never anything to boast about. But I was so desperate, I didn’t care. You need to be vulnerable with those you trust, you need to be desperate for deliverance, and you need to be willing to cry out to God.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” Psalm 145:18-20
God wants us to be real towards him in our prayers.
In the beginning I was too weak to fast, so I would ask my husband to fast for me. Every time he fasted for me, I would receive a victory/breakthrough of some sort. When I was stronger, I fasted and it was always effective.
The Word of God
We talked about how powerful words and scriptures are, morning declarations and such. This is spiritual warfare! The more you continue to declare and read out the word of God and his promises. The more ground you are taking in your mind and in your soul.
It’s okay to be angry at God (if that’s where you are at) he wants us to come to him in truth. Remember though, that God is not only fighting on your behalf, but he is also strengthening You for the battle. Don’t let this all be in vain; come out of this experience stronger, ready to help others, having learnt the truth of God’s power, and having strengthened yourself in the word. God wants to teach you how to ‘leap’ over this wall, so he doesn’t have to rescue you out of this again. God is trying to teach you how to handle his sword. He’s trying to strengthen you, and he’s trying to lead you out in such a way that you will never return to your bondage!
I wrote on this in one of my devotionals and its profound teaching on why God is leading you out the hard way versus just rescuing you instantly….LINK HERE
Praise God for the victories
Every inch is a victory whether big or small, we must be in an attitude of praise and thankfulness to God for the steps we are taking. When we focus on how far we have to go, instead of how far we have come, we can easily be discouraged. Look how far you have come, and praise God for that ground you just conquered and rejoice as a warrior rejoices in the spoils
Know you have already won!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:57
You may be at the beginning of your journey, or at the end, but wherever you are, know that God is with you and will take you through. Seeking spiritual deliverance from anxiety is one powerful pursuit but seeking His love for me was the greatest healing I received. be fearless…be free…