I am not my diagnosis.
There’s no method to curing anxiety or depression. In reality, medicine doesn’t always do the trick. Medicine isn’t for everyone. To be honest with you, it’s not always going to be the medicine that helps.
Like I said, there’s no method to doing this right but if we cling to what the Lord has told us and believe it to be true, you be a conquerer rather than a victim to your anxiety.
1. Watch your mouth
“The tongue has the power of life and death” Proverbs 18:21. Words have power. What you say can determine what you think. Have you ever said something that you know is a lie so often that you come to the point where you can’t begin to tell the difference between the true and the false? It’s because what comes out of your mouth has the potential to dictate your mind. If you want your anxiety to go away then why say, “My anxiety won’t go away” or “my anxiety is so overwhelming.” Don’t give your anxiety authority. It doesn’t have it and doesn’t deserve it. Replace it with “My anxiety does not control me” or “my anxiety has no dominion over my body” or verses that bring you to peace and remind you of the power you have in Christ.
2. Memorize verses
…it’s our defense against the enemy. My favorite to declare when I’m in a time of heavy anxiety is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For I have not been made of a spirit of fear but one of power, love, and a sound mind”….Sound mind….Sound mind.” Find Scripture that brings you peace because anxiety loses the counterfeit power when the power of Christ is declared on it.
3. Give Him a chance to speak to you
My anxiety is propelled by what people say, what I think they expect from, etc. When in reality the only thing that matters is who the Lord says I am. How often do I actually think about that? Further, how often do I give him a chance to tell me who I am? Vulnerable answer, not very often because I don’t slow down often enough to be quiet and listen to what he has to say to me about who I am, my identity in Him.
4. Pray protection over your mind and heart
Pray Pslam 91 protection. What does that mean? It means that if we dwell with Him then we are able to rest with Him (91:1). Rest. Peace of mind. I recommend reading through all of Psalm 91 to understand fully how often and how strongly He protects us, even when we have no idea. “‘Because Rachel loves me’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue her and protect her. When she calls on me, I will answer her,’” (91:14). That’s a promise.
5. Get ready to fight
It’s a spiritual battle to win. We already have the victory because of what Jesus did for us but we still have to fight the battle. So we need to make sure we are prepared to fight and know what we are getting into before we go in on our own.
You are not your anxiety and anxiety is not for you.