(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
Do you think if a Christian suffers from anxiety they aren’t true Christians?
I believe only God knows if a Christian is truly who he says he is. There are Christians who say they are Christians but they are only Christians on Sundays or it’s a once a month thing, or they only pray when times get rough. Arguably we can call those Christians “lukewarm Christians” meaning their growth is stagnant because God is not #1 in their lives. Once a person has accepted Christ as their Savior they have only began their journey into deeper faith, they are introduced to their potential in the Lord’s Kingdom. What saves a person is their faith but if that faith is not nurtured on a daily basis, then it may seem to others that they are not true Christians because they might not exhibit the characteristics of a Christian…but it might only mean they are still young in faith. That’s why it’s important not to judge, you really don’t know how far a long some Christians have come, so if anyone feels some kind of negativity towards anyone, instead of outright condemning them, they should instead make sure to lift that person up in prayer because what prayer will do is help the one praying to remind them that the change they want in others must first be exhibited in themselves, so that when the time is right by God, he is able to pass on the grace and love he’s been given.
Anxiety is a word that’s overrated. I read in Max Lucado’s Anxious for Nothing, that “anxiety is not a sin; it is an emotion.” We’re human, God gave us emotions. But I believe the sin in anxiousness is the part where you continue to be anxious because you don’t trust God. Christian or not, we are led to situations that make us anxious. The sin in that is not using our emotions as triggers to go to God, but instead either trying to ignore it or fighting it by turning to other things that might soothe it or make it go away but only for a while…just pretending it’s not there or going against it with our own strength…which leads to more anxiety later. The sin in anxiousness is not surrendering to God. Someone who is not a Christian might not know that or even someone who is a lukewarm Christian might not know that either. That’s why it’s good to spread the Word and fellowship because iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). I believe those who suffer from anxiety often as in every other day if not everyday are the same people who are prideful, impulsive, and inattentive. Humility is the biggest characteristic you can find in a person who is spiritually mature. A person who is humble has learned throughout the years that pride, impulsivity, and inattention are traits they must learn to control in order to be anxiety free. There’s not one kind of anxiety…it has different levels….there’s the general worry, then nervousness, fear, the panicking kind, the debilitating kind, full blown…..I believe the worse a person’s anxiety is, the furthest their mind is from God. You have to be in the company of other Christians (lukewarm or not, the more the better). I believe most people go to church because they want to be better people. It’s sad, it should be because they love God, but in reality it’s because we know we need Him so we come to learn more….which builds our love for Him. The more we love God because we rely on Him, the less anxiety we experience overall in life.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Philippians 4:6-7 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 Christ Jesus.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)