Sometimes it’s annoying and crippling, but you can take action to apply an antidote for ANXIETY. Instead of tackling anxiety, fear or apprehension in your own strength, go to God with praise, adoration and worship. T.D. Jakes says, “Make your situation your sanctuary.”
As leaders in our businesses, ministries or communities, we are always facing new challenges. To be effective, we must be willing to maintain vulnerability so we can see solutions with fresh eyes. Have you noticed that encounters with God are fresh, changing, new and different as well? Be ready to see God show up in different ways. Be alert. As we face new issues, God shows up in slightly different ways: Joshua encountered him as the Commander of the Lord’s Army; he was a ghost that appeared to the disciples on the water; he appeared to Mary as a gardener; and as a fellow journeyman to the men on the road to Emmaus. Does he speak to you through others? His word? An experience? Confidence? Trust?
There are many leaders in the Bible who faced anxiety, fear or apprehension. Like us, they encountered God in different ways.
- Joshua had innate leadership skills. Joshua defeated Jericho with the Lord’s plan. But in Joshua 5 we see that he goes out on his own to scope out his next strategy. He looked up and a man holding his drawn sword. Joshua stepped up to him and said, “Whose side are you on—ours or our enemies’?” “The man said, ‘Neither. I’m commander of God’s army. I’ve just arrived.’ Joshua fell, face to the ground, and worshiped. He asked, ‘What orders does my Master have for his servant?’ God’s army commander ordered Joshua, ‘Take your sandals off your feet. The place you are standing is holy.’ Joshua did it.” Joshua 5:14, 15
- Gideon: The enemy wants us to be crippled by anxiety, lies and fears so we don’t take action. Gideon was. He asked God for sign after sign. He did not see himself as God saw him. God said to him, “Go in the strength you have.”
- Deborah: Deborah was one of the rulers, Judges, of the Israelites. Their practice was to seek guidance from God through prayer and meditation before making a ruling. She was considered a wise judge, prophet AND a warrior princess. As leaders, we are to model an ear attuned to God, wisdom, worship and confidence that God is our antidote to anxiety. Deborah sang a song to God. One line was, “May all who love you, Lord, be like the sun when it rises in strength.” Another one says, “March on my soul, be strong.”
Here are four steps you can take to apply the antidote for anxiety:
- Appreciate and value God through Adoration.
Show feelings of love, admiration, respect and esteem through Adoration. My favorite way of doing this is going through each letter of the alphabet and thinking of a name or character attribute of God that I can express to Him. It helps me stay focused on Him – the antidote to my anxiety.
A: Thank you, Lord for being Abundantly Available. Psalm 46:1 tells us that you are our place of safety. You give us strength. You are always present to help us in times of trouble.
B: Your Beauty brings me peace, Lord. In Psalm 95: 4-5 we remember that the depths of the earth are in your hand and the mountain peaks belong to you. You made the sea and your hands formed the land.
- Adore Him through reading scripture. Just go to Psalms like these and as you read you’ll apply the antidote to anxiety.
Try Psalms 91, 104, 107, 121
- Take a walk in nature. I live by the ocean and soak in the majesty of the great sea and thundering waves. Maybe you will notice flowers, budding trees, songs of the birds, a waterfall or a rushing creek. Imagine the medicine of His beauty flowing into you as an antidote to your anxiety.
- Listen to praise songs. Let them melt into you. I love Oceans by Hillsong, Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave and Revelation by Kari Jobe.
Please share in the comments what you have found is an antidote to anxiety. Share songs, scriptures or ideas.