Does your mind keep you awake at night, unable to stop swirling about bad stuff that might be about to happen? Are your thoughts and actions often limited by your fear of what others will think? Is worry about the past and anxiety about an unknown future preventing you from living fully today? Is your body getting the fallout from a troubled mind with such symptoms as headaches, stomach pain, or a racing heart?
If so, you’re not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States, or 18% of the population. Dealing with psychological distress is expensive too; in 2007 it was estimated that the yearly cost for treating anxiety and related disorders in the United States was $36.8 billion. And it’s not only expensive financially; fear and anxiety wear on your relationships, your work life, and your spiritual wellbeing.
As a believer you know what the Bible says: “Be anxious for nothing.” (Philippians 4:6) “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed.” (Joshua 1:9) But you’re not feeling it. You wonder whether God cares, or whether there’s something seriously wrong with you.
The Answer in God’s Word
The Bible has a great deal to say about fear and anxiety. God knew you and I would face more than enough reasons to have a troubled mind. That’s why He promised “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
I’ve prepared a 40 Day Devotional series based on what God says about your mind. Each day includes a Scripture, a few words of inspiration, and a prayer designed to solidify godly thought processes in your mind. These Scriptures and prayers will provide a pathway to Freedom from Fear and Anxiety.
My own heart and mind were encouraged and uplifted as I focused on these Scriptures and prepared these brief messages, and I know your heart and mind will be too.
The first Scripture, as you might expect, is 2 Timothy 1:7.
I encourage you to sign up right now to receive the 40 Days to Freedom from Fear and Anxiety emails in your inbox each morning. Expect your heart and mind to be refreshed and uplifted as you read these Scriptures, brief devotionals, and affirmation prayers.
Your Turn: How has fear and anxiety affected your life or health? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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