By Anna Johnson
Last month, I discussed the importance of recognizing the language and motives of a spirit named Anxiety. However, I did not go into much detail as to what the language of Anxiety actually is. Anxiety has a consistent and effective language that often lures its victims into inadvertently welcoming it into their minds and lives. Imagine yourself in your home on a typical day. All of a sudden, the doorbell rings. You go to the door to see who is there, and the person standing at the door is wringing their hands and expressing genuine concern for you and your family. They have some important information to share with you. Who wouldn’t allow such a harmless and helpful person into their home?
Anxiety always wants you to let it in, because if you keep it outside its impact is greatly diminished. However, if you fall victim to its tricks, you will find yourself entertaining Anxiety with tea and cookies before eventually begging it to leave. Once inside, it is extremely difficult to evict Anxiety from the premises. It gains strength by utilizing every opportunity to invite its friends into your home. At this point, you might be thinking, Anna, what in the world are you talking about? I would never invite such a monster into my home. No one invites a monster on purpose! People mistakenly allow Anxiety into their homes by opening their mind’s door to thoughts that lead to worry. Once worry has entered, it will encourage its victim-host to allow other thoughts/spirits in. Most people have fallen prey to Anxiety’s tricks at different times in their lives. Those who recognize their mistake fairly quickly are able to avoid the additional mistake of allowing and/or inviting Anxiety’s friends.
It is vital that we discern who is knocking at our door, meaning where our thoughts are coming from. The knock is just a thought: Have you thought about…? You need to be prepared for… What if…? Are you being responsible? Are they safe? Oh my!
How often have you found yourself spiritually shifted from peace to worry? Have you wondered, How in the world did that happen? Anxiety often tricks its subject by presenting as concern, wisdom, and/or responsibility. It will tell you it is there to help. Once you begin to converse with it, though, the conversation will take a dark turn. You’ll soon find anxiety suggesting its friends as the specialists needed to help fix “your problem.”
So then, what does one do once anxiety has entered their mind—or even worse, anxiety and its minions? First, remember that things are usually not as bad as they sound in our heads. Now it’s time to get back to basics. If you had an unwanted visitor in your home, what would your first step be? You would ask them to leave, and if they refused you would call the authorities. Well, when dealing with oppressive spirits, “asking” is not the approach you want to take. This is not your grandmother’s tea party, so go ahead and throw all pleasantries out the window. Demand the spirit to leave your presence by the authority given to you by the blood of the Lamb. Please, do not play nice or timid with these guys, because they truly want to kill you. If you feel overwhelmed when trying to execute the authority given to you, if you feel as if you are getting nowhere despite your fervent attempts, remember that this is not something you can do on your strength. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to evict these pesky guests from your premises. Some exterminations take time. Do not grow weary if it appears that you are losing the battle.
Now, let me share a clean, practical way to approach the unwanted thoughts that seem to take over your head:
- Recognize that you do not have to believe every thought that you have. Your thoughts are not the ultimate source of wisdom.
- Discern the language, and see if it fully aligns with the Word of Yahweh. Knowing the Word is crucial for this step!
- Do NOT, and I repeat do NOT offer tea and cookies to a destructive thought. Seriously, what guest would want to leave if you made them comfortable, listened to them, and catered to their desires? We must remember not to entertain the thoughts, but rather to resist them.
- Speak the truth of the Scriptures, not only within yourself but also out loud.
- Wrestle, if wrestling is required. The enemy will try to manhandle you mentally. Kick him in the throat with the word of Yahweh.
- Never, and I repeat never give up. The victory is already yours! You just have to show up and do your part.
Let’s return to where we started.
The doorbell rings, and you go to the door. You recognize Anxiety is standing at your front door, and you peek through the windows to see its friends hiding in your front bushes. You refuse to answer the door and instead call upon Messiah. Then you watch as they all start running off your lawn. Why? Because you never invited them in! Be encouraged. This takes some practice and, unfortunately, some real life experiences with Anxiety. Ask me how I know. The good news is that all things work for the good of those who serve Him. I’ve learned so much from wrestling with Anxiety and helping others wrestle with it as well. In a future article, I would love to share with you more details about the spirits that tend to travel with Anxiety. People give Anxiety the credit for so many things when there are actually other spirits operating. Remember, Anxiety does not travel alone.
I pray that this article has inspired YOU to overcome and to be very cautious of the guests (thoughts) you keep.
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 Messiah. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4: 6-8
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Disclosure: Even though I am a licensed mental health professional, this article is not intended for the purpose of diagnosis and/or mental health treatment, nor am I speaking on anxiety from a clinical perspective. If you are experiencing mental health problems, you should seek the treatment of a mental health professional.
*Original post written and posted on What is Lovely Publications http://www.whatislovely.com/2019/10/02/tea-and-cookies-with-anxiety/
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