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…
26 thoughts on “Deliverance From Anxiety”
The Baby Mama says:
It took me four or five times to read that passage of scripture without feeling this lump in my throat… To believe that this amazing God who created the universe in seven days is in my side. On all our sides. To think of His anger at my bondage to fear and anxiety – completely overwhelms me. I too remember clearly thinking that I will just have to get used to living with anxiety and fear and just find ways to cope. But, that is not God’s plan for us – He has come to set us free. It is such a powerful scripture. Thank you!
That scripture is highlighted in my bible and marked and exclamated (is that a word?)It was the turning point for me, especially the part where David writes “I can leap over a wall”. It’s so powerful.
My husband went through anxiety and panic disorders I had never seen him so scared, he went to the hospital, doctors gave him medication, he became a bit better. Then one day I started praying at night, because his body was restless as he was asleep, I then asked God to cast the evil out of his body, I remember I touched him and told the demons to leave ,immediately after I said so there was this strong movement or wind that moved from our bed to the closed windows and it left. In the morning he was at peace, we spent the whole day praising the Lord. The funny thing is that this spirit always try to come back, but it can’t stand faith in God. Our God is a mighty God, be healed in the name of Jesus
Sarah E Ball says:
What a powerful story! Thanks for sharing! Amazing how powerful our words and confidence in Christ is! Greater is HE who is in us!
Kristi Buffington says:
Charlotte furtado says:
You have definitely packed a punch with this one Sarah.I am already excited. I will need to read it a few more times to fully make use of it. And as you have exhorted us to ask for prayers , I turn to you first to pray for me. Please pray that I will be more than a conqueror in Jesus Christ who loves me. And that I don’t get bogged down by doubt and discouragement along the way. Prayers and love to you. Praise God!!!!
One of the best blogs on anxiety I have ever read…and I have read a lot. I loved the part about being in a fight that you know you are going to win. The Psalm was perfect and I will need to read this several times to have it sink in. You are an inspiration.
Thank you so much for writing about this! I have been battling anxiety and depression most of my adult life, for decades. Fear and anxiety has now crippled me to the point where I have pushed away a special man in my life. I am praying to get to the root of all of my pain but sometimes I tell myself that I will never get well because it’s been this way for so long. It’s refreshing to know that God is on my side and is for me!
Sarah E Ball says:
Thank you Brian. I really appreciate your comment. Bless you!
This is so good I have it as a shortcut on my phone. Two months ago I had another rough patch and it lasted for several weeks. Once again God rescued me and set my feet back on solid ground. Your blog was instrumental in keeping my thoughts focused on Him. One of my favorite songs for people suffering from Anxiety and depression is the following…
Sarah E Ball says:
My FAVOURITE song Brian!
Thank you for posting this. After many years of being a solid Christian with no panic attacks or anxiety ever, last Memorial Day I had a panic attack that landed me in the ER. I struggled with severe panic attacks through the summer and into September. They were so severe that my doctor ordered me out of work for 6 weeks. I literally could no longer work. During this 6 week period, I sought God on my face. I met with my pastor. I went to counseling. The severe panic attacks went away and I learned some practical ways of coping.
I haven’t had a full on panic attack since last September. Nor have I taken any meds since last December. Occasionally, I feel so much anxiety it makes me want to scream but I use the coping methods and get through it.
But I want total deliverance. I believe that I will be totally delivered. God will somehow work this together for my good. I love that we are more than overcomes and we already have the victory in Christ. We are winners.
I was so blessed by what you wrote. I’m going to read it again.
Sarah E Ball says:
I believe you can have this too Laura. I believe with all my heart that God desires for us to be free. However, I believe he wants us to walk with him and trust him through the wilderness not over or around it. This will be something you walk through with God. He is mighty to save and I believe you’re on the road to freedom! keep going!
Gabriella Reed says:
I don’t even know what to say. I cried through most of this. I’ve struggled with panic disorder and agoraphobia for 17 years and I have been completely enslaved by the fear. I am a believer and often times feel like this disorder is shameful because how can I believe in this Great God but also not believe he can heal me? Your words struck a cord in my heart. You are right that God is fighting for us daily and He is angry at the devil and his lies!
I often pray and beg God “I do believe, help me in my unbelief!”
Please intercede for me and pray on my behalf that whatever Gods will is for my life He make it known to me. I seek to be free from these fears but I seek first whatever God wants.
dexter joubert says:
Hello Sarah I am thankful for this article may the Lord bless you .. I am a man who has suffered on and off with anxiety and depression and financial woes .. I want to live in faith and please My God and help others .. right now the pain and anxiety seems to descend like it did with the evil spirit that fame to Saul .. I pray God see me through this and help me to cast out unbelief.. I hope you can pray for me and even this suffering will not be in vain .. Dexter
Kristi Buffington says:
I literally could have written these words exactly as you did. I have wondered the same things as well and begged God for deliverance as well as my “unbelief”. What I do find comforting though is that I keep going to God, again and again…so faith exists. I do believe He is the only way. I do believe. I think the schemes of the enemy can trick us into thinking that it’s us that are untrusting of the Lord. Then we feel guilty or even unworthy that He continue a mighty work in us..the devil is tricky and knows how to manipulate us into thinking we aren’t worthy because of our unbelief. I’m praying for your total healing also Gabriella. May the God of Love shine a light so bright into your spirit that it casts out anything that doesn’t belong.
Thank you so much for writting this blog! It may be the end of 2018 but I just want you to know that this is still touching people. I needed this I have been through the exact same things you described in your article. You are an amazing Warrior of God!
Ian Robinson says:
Anxiety and OCD has ruled my life for years. Medication seemed to to mask it, but I decided to come off it on April 4 2O18. Then in August 2018, severe anxiety returned, which I have put down to withdrawal effects from Paroxetine, the prescribed medication, that I started in about the year 20O1
Since 3 February 2019, my life has been HELL and it was for this reason that today, 12 February 2019, I searched the web for “God and Anxiety” and “Fearless in 21 days” appeared.
Briefly reading your post has given me some immediate comfort and hope and I would be grateful to learn more about how God can help me.
I would add that I am 77 years old, but with a young wife and a son of 14. My wife is aware of my suffering and occasionally
I seek reassurance from her. I would not wish my son to
know how I suffer. I sometimes worry about dementia creeping
In my life, as my Mother suffered from this and my
Father suffered serious mental illness in his sixties.
Sarah E Ball says:
Hi Ian, Thank you for sharing. I am so sorry that you are going through this battle and it’s so hard to feel like we are being a good spouse and parent. I will be praying for you!
Hey good afternoon Ian, thank you for your transparency, that’s the first step to major break through. I dealt with anxiety, panic, depression and any other mental battle within those lines and I will briefly tell you how the Lord lead me to freedom and healing. 1.) LET YOUR DEPENDENCY IN JESUS INCREASE. For me it was not investing a large amount of time in things like TV, secular radio. Instead I would give more time to reading the Bible, hearing worship, praying and talking to God, even journaling my conversations with him, these things increased my relationship with God, which gave me the strength and power to overcome mental battles. It doesn’t mean you can’t watch tv, but definitely invest time into your relationship with God, only He can help you overcome and heal you. With every mental illness or struggle I believe a root cause can be “lack of security and confidence in God and in ourselves”. Definitely seek help from a counselor or psychologist, since they are equipped to give you tips and strategies, pray to God and He will lead you to the right people.
2.) I also recommend you get connected to a good Christian church that empowers people with tools and resources to walk out a victorious life because this is what Jesus died for us to walk in.
God is not done with you Ian, if you have made Jesus lord of your life and have invited Him into your struggle, nothing can stop Him from rescuing you and showing others that no matter the age, or how long the struggle, God still moves, heals and teaches us how to walk with Him and experience victory. These situations and struggles are setups for us to encounter our Heavenly Father and His awesome power. Will be praying for you!
Thank you for this. I have suffered with major anxiety and depression for 36 years. I daily beg God to take it away. Please pray for me.
Renee/Heart Tokens says:
Thank you for your testimony and all that you have written on anxiety! God Bless!
I as well suffer from fear and anxiety. It’s the worst ever it’s stolen my joy and peace and I’m ready to gain it back in Jesus name. I looked up “what caused my anxiety to come back after God delivered me” and your article popped up and as I was laying in bad at night reading this article I was in TEARS ? and ashamed that I’ve let Satan blind fold me into thinking that God almighty was to distant to hear my cry or worse that he didn’t want to deliver me. I have to remind myself that God is with me where ever I go. I suffer from anxiety of sickness let’s just say I’m that person to google a symptom and believe I have every sickness that relates to that symptom. It sucks soo bad because Satan tournaments me in believing that my life is over and I’m dying. But I changed my mindset and I say to God wether I live or die I’m in your hands and that’s the best place to be and to be honest it’s helped a lot to know that God is with u where ever and He stands above everything and anything. I know I’m not dying but it’s so annoying how Satan make u believe so much in a lie that it almost becomes reality and makes u feel ill. I know God Is an almighty God and this article knocked some sense into me. I need to get up put on the armor of God and fight my battles, for God is our Victory and in Jesus name we are more than overcomes. I know that my God is faithful to restore my joy and peace that I may bring praise and song in victory. Thanks so much and God be praised for your victory! God bless you?