“Nothing kills you like your mind.”
That’s what they say, anyways. I could use this entire article to give you quotes about anxiety and how much it consumes our minds and then try and help you solve the mystery of how to not be anxious. But I won’t. I won’t, because anxiety isn’t the enemy. Satan is. This isn’t a battle against anxiety, it’s a battle against Satan, and your mind is the battlefield.
Anxiety is a terrible thing. It’s not just worrying about little things here and there, it’s bigger than that. Anxiety is like a nail being driven into a fragment of wood. It shatters through and sends splinters everywhere, and leaves a hole behind – emptiness. It’s like that, but with your mind. Something sets it off and suddenly your mind is being torn apart by that “nail” and it shatters through your best defenses and sends thoughts, like those splinters, tearing through every part of you, and then there’s absolutely nothing at all except utter exhaustion from fighting a losing battle. And we fight it and fight it and fight it and we never seem to win, and you know why? Because all this time we’ve been fighting the wrong enemy. We’ve been fighting ourselves, our own minds, our own flesh…when we really should have been fighting the devil.
So what do we do?
Realize Who The Enemy Is
Before anything else, we need to realize and understand what/who we’re actually fighting against. The answer, as I have said before, is Satan. He is the one responsible for all of our distress, anxieties, and doubts, and he is the one we should be encountering in this war, and fighting against. Not our own selves or the world we live in, those are only but obstacles in our way.
In Ephesians 6:12, it says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Once we realize that our fight is with the devil and the evil forces of this world, and not our own flesh and blood, we will have the higher ground. We will have the advantage.
Give The Battle To God
We absolutely cannot do this on our own. It’s impossible. In Philippians 4:13 it says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Notice the word through. It doesn’t say that we can do all things, it says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. The only reason we will be victorious is because God is. When we fight these battles in our lives, we so often try to do it on our own, and when has it honestly worked? It hasn’t.
We’re talking about Satan here; we can’t defeat him on our own! But God can.
In Psalm 44:5 it says, “Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.”
In case you haven’t caught on yet, it is through Jesus Christ that we fight our enemies, and it is God who has saved us from our enemies. It is not our job to do the saving, it is our job to do the praying, and let God do the rest. God is the one who will deliver us from the evil, we cannot do that. (2 Tim. 2:18) We are to be prayer warriors. That is how we fight.
Be a Prayer Warrier
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
In Everything: Pray
This is a mandate. This is a challenge. A challenge to pour everything into prayer. Give him every anxiety and worry and every doubt and every distress and pray. Pray for peace and for wisdom and for strength and for scriptures to read. And thank him. Thank him for the Word of God, for his promises, for his faithfulness, for his redemption, for saving you. Pour your heart out to him.
This battle isn’t going to be easy. In fact, it’s going to be really hard. And at times, you’re going to want to give up and give in. There will be times when you’ll let that anxiety slip back in. We aren’t perfect, after all. So yes, things will get harder before they get better, but I can promise you this: if you can push yourself to hand over the battle to Someone who is far better equipped to battle Satan, and if you can strive to be a prayer warrior, getting on your knees and pleading to God about your anxiety and other struggles in your life, and if you can let go and let God…then I promise you, the battle will rage on, but the battle will be won. I can promise you, that you will struggle, but that you will be saved from your trials and your temptations. I can promise you, that you will find a joy and a peace, one that can only be found in the Lord. You must be patient. And you will have to wait. But God is always faithful, and he always keeps his promises. Never forget that.
Now, lastly, I’m going to ask you to do something for me, okay? I’m going to ask you to trust God; to “cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). Because Satan will try and infuse you with worry and doubts as soon as you declare war on him. He will try to hinder you and push you down before you even step foot onto the battlefield. He doesn’t want you to stand and fight, and he will do anything to fill your mind with reasons not too. But you must push back. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
You have something that Satan never will. You have the knowledge and the understanding that Satan will not win this war. God will be victorious in the end. And there is nothing Satan can do to stop it. This is your fight. Satan might have brought the battle to you, but you will be the last one standing because your God is on the throne of heaven, not the devil, and your God has already won.
Your God will overcome!