MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY: FEAR NOT
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
The Bible uses the word ‘soul’ over 400 times in the scriptures. The soul is defined as our mind, will, and emotions; we can call this our ‘human’ condition. Part of being human is understanding how our mind works, understanding how God created us, and accepting that we need His help each day. Some people are more prone to worry and fear. This can lead the mind to take you down all kinds of paths that cause fear and trigger anxiety and even depression.
Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Paul is teaching about the adverse and difficult situations we face in life. The concerns of the day and difficult circumstances can put distress on our souls. We need the reminder that afflictions are a part of life. We are not exempt from troubles because we are believers, BUT we are given the ‘playbook,’ God’s Holy Word, to remind us that we are children of God and that He has overcome the world. When our minds start on the ‘what if’ path, constant worry leads to bigger problems. Fear, anxiety, and distress can put you in a state of affliction, which causes your heart to be overcome by worry, restlessness, etc. Paul is saying BEFORE you get to this place – MOVE! Take each situation to the Lord in prayer, ask Him for help, thank Him for the help He promises to give you, and know that He hears you. Talk with your family and friends. Surround yourself with believers and go to church. If necessary, call your doctor, find a good counselor (we have so many excellent choices in Columbus), go to therapy, and learn how to handle the situations that cause stress, worry, anxiety, and fear. We are human; God knew our condition and went before us to help us. He does provide. It is hard to ‘move’ when you are in this very uncomfortable place, and you may need help to take the next step, and that is OK!
Here is the takeaway: Jesus loves you; there is no shame when your soul is overwhelmed and you need help. He expected you to need help, and He wants to be with you. He has given you His Word for comfort, loves you dearly, and will provide for your needs.
Need help or encouragement? Speak confidentially with Nancy Secrest, licensed counselor, by contacting her at 614-410-4306 or emailing her.