We’ve all felt these emotions. They can be exhausting. They keep us on edge and tense. They can even lead us to make decisions we regret later. Fear can be good: it can keep us out of trouble. But fear is harmful when it keeps us from living in the fullness of all God has for us. It doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t have to live in constant fear.
Fear doesn’t have to run – or ruin—your life. In fact, if you understand the root causes of your fear, it can actually lead you to a closer relationship with God as you seek Him.
To start, you probably want to know, How do I stop feeling so anxious?
Great question. And the best place to begin getting your fear and anxiety under control is to look at where anxiety comes from.
When you get anxious about something happening around you, it’s always because of something happening inside you. Anxiety and fear come when we feel that something we need, want, or value is being threatened.
There are three specific things we all want and need. We want:
1. Security (physically, financially, and emotionally)
2. Connection (relationships, feeling valued and accepted)
3. Control (empowerment, choices, and options)
When we feel anxiety and fear, it’s because one of these three things is being threatened.