Inside: When you’re dealing with anxiety, it’s easy to be stuck in a rut. Your vision becomes centered on your discomfort. When you expand your vision to others, your discomfort lessens.
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When I struggle with anxiety, the church is the last place I want to be. Lots of people and close encounters overwhelm me. Heaven-forbid my bodily symptoms become noticeable. What if I need to quickly leave?
I didn’t go for months. I had tunnel vision, and the tunnel began and ended with me. So in So in reality, I was stuck on myself with anxiety.
Can I share a Bible story about the secret to healing with anxiety? Walk with me till the end and find the wisdom of truth from God’s Word.
Stuck in a Rut
The sun was beating down. The parched land left the skin gritty from the dust. Jesus was teaching, and it was busy. He was standing inside the small thatched roof house. People were over-spilling out of the doors and windows onto the area in order to hear.
Jesus’ teachings were exciting– they tugged at the heart and changed lives. He gave hope.
A group of friends showed up late because they had to get their friend ready. The paralyzed friend was laying on a mat. He was totally dependent on others. As the men carried their friend, they also carried their own burdens. They each struggled with inner problems, but their friend on the mat was in need of greater healing.
The delayed men could find no open space in the home and yet, the paralyzed man had to see Jesus. They knew Jesus could heal those He saw.
The roof was the only possible entry to Jesus. They lowered the man down, and Jesus healed the man. It was inner soul healing mixed with physical healing. Jesus told them, “Your faith has healed you.”
Jesus healed more than the paralyzed man because the friends were also healed. Burdens displaced and souls made on fire for Jesus. Faith in Jesus had healed every one.
These men didn’t leave the same way they had come.
So how do we weave this story into the topic of anxiety?
These men could have overlooked the man on the mat because they were focused on the issues surrounding themselves. Without the paralyzed man, they would have gotten to Jesus quicker and left the roof intact.
They formed a community, gathered together in Jesus’ name, and received healing.
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Get Your Mind on Others
When my mind is on someone else, I get a break from myself.
God promises to be with us when we are with others gathered in His name.
The church is the best place to be when we are struggling with anxiety.
Studies have shown helping others decreases stress responses in the brain. Those who help the most have the greatest stress reduction happening in the brain. Anxiety is stress in the brain and on the body.
Isn’t this is the secret to healing?
What does God say?
35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35, NLT).
4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too (Philippians 2:4, NLT).
If I am stuck on myself, I need to focus on the tip from the Bible; join together with another and do something to help someone out.
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