What does anxiety really mean?

Be anxious (merimnao from merimna [word study] = anxious came from meris = part, in turn from [Sources: Vine’s Expository Dictionary, Ralph Earle – Word Meanings in the NT] the verb merizo = to distract, to divide, to draw different directions – which is exactly what anxiety does to most of us!) expresses a strong feeling for something or someone, often to the point of being burdened. Although this can be a “positive” concern, in most of the NT uses it refers to an anxious concern, based on apprehension about possible danger or misfortune, and so it means to be worried about, to be anxious about, to be apprehensive (viewing the future with anxiety or alarm), to be unduly concerned, to be burdened with anxious care or cumbered with many cares and in simple terms to worry.

God operates on the basis of faith, which enables believers to resist one of the devil’s chief operative tactics — Anxiety and fear.

It’s an age old tactic, and it’s Satan’s easiest and most experienced asset.  Laying in bed worrying. Holding hands and praying through a tough situation. Sitting at work and can’t even look at the email or answer the phone because you are gripped by fear.

Do you ever find yourself worrying? Do you know that Scripture calls worry a sin? When you realized that you were worrying, did you go to God and confess it as a sin? Worry is just as much a sin as adultery, or murder, or theft. Yet how often we as believers treat it lightly when we find our stomachs tied in knots because we have worried ourselves into a nervous frenzy. We don’t realize that we have fallen into sin.

You’re afraid you’re going to die, you’re afraid you’re going to get sick, you’re afraid your kids are going to get hurt, you’re afraid the roof’s going to fall in, you’re afraid the demons are going to get you… Whatever it is, it comes from two things. Number one, you have a guilty conscience. Number two, a lack of faith. Now, you can deal with both of those. A guilty conscience: confess your sin and get it all cleaned out. A lack of faith: get your Bible open and read what God says about Himself and learn to trust Him….And pray.

If I am speaking to anyone, believe me I have been there. At the end of the rope, when everything has been exhausted , when the world has pushed down so hard onto your shoulders that you cannot even move an inch.  When it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. When your friends abandon you. When you can’t even eat. If you know what I am talking about I am telling you here and now that there is hope, and that hope lies only in the arms of Jesus Christ.

FEAR IS THE SAME TO SATAN AS FAITH IS TO GOD.

You are experiencing the exact opposite of what God wants you to be experiencing!

Faith does God’s work, and fear does the work of Satan.

God has not given believers a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline (sound mind or literally “a saved mind”).

God has not given believers a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline (sound mind or literally “a saved mind”).

For God has not given us a aspirit of 1timidity, but of power and love and 2discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Peter exhorts believers to resist our adversary, the devil, remaining firm (stable, immovable) in our faith

But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.1 Peter 5:9

In this present evil age believers are to walk by faith, not by sight

-for we walk by faith, not by sight2 Corinthians 5:7

Paul instructs believers to take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one (including those intended to make us fearful

1in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

John adds that whoever is born of God overcomes (keeps on continuously conquering) the world (including its fears) and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

The writer of Hebrews explains that…Without faith it is impossible to please (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

-And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek HimHebrews 11:6

And finally Paul explains how our faith can be fertilized and watered writing that…faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

-So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.Romans 10:17

Peter himself offered this in writing:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you1 Peter 5:6-7

Jesus said himself:

Jesus gave the same command do not worry (“do not be anxious”)

Do not be anxious (present imperative with a negative = stop doing this) for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?… 31 “Do not be anxious (conveys the force of a command) then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’… 34 “Therefore do not be anxious (conveys the force of a command) for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mathew 6, 25-34