Before we dig deeper on how we can help our friends who struggle with anxiety, let’s talk a little bit about anxiety.
The problem with anxiety is that God did not create our bodies to carry worries or anxieties. When we excessively worry or struggle with anxiety, it will eventually break us down, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Listen to some of the common side effects of stress and worry:
Billy Graham said, “At its best, anxiety distracts us from our relationship with God and the truth that He is “Lord of heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25). At its worst, anxiety is a crippling disease, taking over our minds and plunging our thoughts into darkness.”
Billy Graham also said, “God doesn’t want us to be consumed with worry and anxiety . . . Instead, He wants us to turn our worries over to Him, and to trust Him for the future.”
1 Peter 5:7-9 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.”
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