Could Anxiety Be Tied To Our Identity?
Could your anxiety be tied to the identity you have placed on yourself? My friend pastor Adam Bower once made a comment that really stuck with me. He said, imagine you died and went to heaven and while sitting with the Lord you asked him, ‘So, Lord, what was wrong with me all those years?’ and the Lord responded, “Nothing.”
Are you as caught off guard by that statement as I was? The next thing pastor Bower did was introduce me to a verse from the bible that supported this new idea. “If therefore anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Anyway, while reading God’s word this morning He led me to Psalm 46 and the issue of fear and anxiety. How is it possible that God’s kids wrestle with fear and anxiety when God say’s do not fear, and the psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 I’m beginning to believe that we are victims of identity theft and that it is time to stand up against the thief.
Jesus said, “The thief comes to kill steel and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and have to the full.” John 10:10
It’s a tuff and loud world that we compete in as builders and if we are not careful we can be taken out by fear and anxiety rather than strengthened by God through our true and new identity in Him. Think about it.
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