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MonteCarlo77
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 Anxiety attacks on Christians.

Greetings brethren from Florida. I'm sorry that this is my first post but I came on here seeking help. I hear only great things about this website and I've been a spectator long enough but now I have a question.

Has anybody on here suffered or know somebody close who is a believer but lives under the weight of anxiety/panic attacks. This is new to me and I don't know how to handle it.

Every time I google it, the scripture says "don't worry or be anxious about anything"...but is it that easy?

Thank you my family.

 2012/4/30 20:16Profile
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 Re: Anxiety attacks on Christians.

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Has anybody on here suffered or know somebody close who is a believer but lives under the weight of anxiety/panic attacks. This is new to me and I don't know how to handle it.



Brother, I fully can understand what you are speaking of for I used to have these at one time earlier on in my Christian walk. It is a spirit of fear that is given a foothold and allowed to rule your life and mind. I found the best way to deal with it was to quote scripture for when someone is having a panic attack the thoughts are not rational or reasonable, they are worries that have no founding in your reality and present situation.

So the best want to ground yourself in what is truly real is to quote the scriptures and truths of God which are eternal. Also to focus on others and serve others and not yourself can be a remedy also. A fixation on "self" can cause this type of thinking of what do people think about me and caring about the opinions of men.

There absolutely is freedom that is gradual and freedom that can happen in one minute like in Carter Conlon's testimony you can listen to below.

Listen to the 39 minute mark on this video:

He Lives In Me - Carter Conlon's Testimony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8fFm4e5OhU


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 2012/4/30 20:34Profile
rbanks
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Very good advice in your post brother Greg!


Here are a few scriptures to read.

Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 55:4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

Psalms 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

1 Samuel 21:10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

1 Samuel 21:12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2 Corinthians 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

2 Corinthians 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.

2 Corinthians 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

Psalms 118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

1 Samuel 21:12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Ezra 3:3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening.

Nehemiah 6:9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

Psalms 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psalms 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalms 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Psalms 31:14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.

Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Psalms 64:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Psalms 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Jeremiah 18:19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.


Blessings...from brother rbanks

 2012/4/30 20:51Profile









 Re: Anxiety attacks on Christians.

I used to call out the name of Jesus to save me during those attacks and every time He came to my rescue. Yes it can be that easy, but most of the time we never learn to call out His name.

I believe that these attacks are allowed to come upon us so we can call upon His name and get used to doing that on a regular basis.

I have had several panic attacks that kept me in state of fear to where I couldn't sleep at night because I felt a presence in the room that scared me. Sometimes when I'd sleep I'd wake up and rush out into the hallway and I felt like I was dying and my spirit was leaving my body but out of sheer desperation I called upon the NAME of the Lord and it all subsided.

I remember one night as I lay there so tired and couldn't sleep, a fragment scripture came to mind about God not giving us a Spirit to fear and perfect love casts out fear. Well, I wanted to know exactly where that was and when I found it, I stood on that verse believing that God didn't give me a Spirit to fear, and with that I fell off to sleep.

So your not alone Brother/Sister.

Quoting scriptures/ calling on His name have been life savers for all of us, and it's been a long time now since I have one of those attacks (by His grace), but I still call on the name of the Lord when I found myself in a pickle.

God Bless

 2012/4/30 21:05









 Re: Anxiety attacks on Christians.

Just adding to the good counsel here so far.

There is a physiology behind these attacks as well.

First the fearful thought - then the person begins shallow breathing - next adrenaline kicks in 'the fight or flight' hormone and it's this adrenaline that causes the tightness of breath and pounding heart, etc.

AS SOON AS you sense a thought coming that gives you a start - BREATH! Take deep breaths and do all of the above that the others have posted.

The problem is when we get "anxiety over our anxiety".

Every human experiences some form of 'anxiety' at one time or another - but when we get 'anxiety over our anxiety', that's when it'll take it's toll ... so BREATH! :)

And Bless you! It's not a sign of weakness - but common to man and GOD's WORD is Faithful!

Especially agree with what Brother Greg wrote as well, about thinking of or helping others. Amen! Getting our minds onto something Positive, gets our minds off of anything negative.
As Elizabeth Elliot would say - "Just do the next thing", which could be something as simple as doing the dishes or washing the car, or helping somebody or praying for others that have it worse than us.
GOD Bless you!

 2012/4/30 21:57
onemite
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I use to get panic attacks and have various phobias.
I have been freed from them all, and wholeheartedly agree with brother Greg and the previous posts.
If you think that repeating bible verses doesn't help, don't lose heart. Remember who God is and that His word is truth whether you "feel" it or not.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

 2012/5/1 0:58Profile
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Montecarlo77 has raised a topic that I think many can relate to on various levels. I've been very blessed personally by the members responding here, both by your hearts, and your intelligence.

In a time of great prolonged stress, I developed a habit of keeping the bible, and some trustworthy devotional next to my bed at night...just to be able to lay hold of the assurances of Christ at any hour. And the books themselves were a comfort. Some might think it is childish, but I found that my bible became a precious physical reminder of the promises contined therein, giving my mind and hands something tangible to hold. In my own desperate season it was at night when I was tempted to feel most alone...and I found that then my fears seemed more real. What a wonderful device to be able to grab hold of my bible, turn through its worn pages, read familiar passages, and once again draw close to the Lord.

Blessings,

MC


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 Re: Anxiety attacks on Christians.

Hi MonteCarlo,

I don't have anxiety attacks but my personality is such that i can get rrrrrrrreally worked up about things on occasion. I also have a delayed reaction to events(a longtime survival response), not experiencing any emotions until i am removed from the area or the event is over and when i am all alone then all the emotions i never knew i had come flooding in and overtake me. I think the devil may know this and take advantage. I think of one such event in which i never felt any anger or upset until i got home and then i was bouncing off the walls and even Valium could not calm me down for 2 whole days; it had no effect whatsoever. And all that had happened was that someone had fluffed my feathers by abusing his authority and making me feel unsafe. Throughout my life i have had problems feeling unsafe and even into my 20s i spent my life walking around on eggs shells around everyone due to abuse and continual revictimization. I did not begin to become a Christian until i was 24 and i was a messy baby with a lot of things to work thru.

I think the thing with anxiety is one either gets too worked up to pray about what is bothering them OR they pray but they are so anxious they have no faith; the prayers do not get answered due to lack of faith while praying. I know that in the example i gave above i could not even think to pray cuz i was so worked up. I had also not been praying much prior to the incident because i was regularly exhausted from lack of sleep and completely worn out...so my prayerlife was
gasping for air.

One thing i highly recommend in dealing with any anxiety you may have is to get a good large radio of some kind and keep CHristian radio on at all hours of the day if necessary; keep the praise music playing. It will help to calm your nerves even if only a little.

 2012/5/1 2:51Profile









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Hey montecarlo,
You said that this is new to you. How old are you and did anything new Occur in your life proceeding the onset?
Lisa

 2012/5/1 8:37
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 Re: Anxiety attacks on Christians.

Hi Brother,

I too have had this same issue and thank God for the link that Greg already provided you. Here is another link as well, it's with Dr. Michael Brown and Cr. Howie Morgan, I was at the same point that Dr. Howie talks about in the interview and the Lord was very merciful to me and put this in my path on the VERY DAY that I needed to hear it.

In my office I have sticky notes all over the place, I have one on my alarm clock so that when I wake in the morning I see it, on this is the phrase that Dr. Howie talks about in the interview "Expose the lie, and the fear will die..."

Deliverance for Crippling Fear

http://www.lineoffireradio.com/2012/03/06/dr-brown-interviews-dr-howie-morgan/

Fear was such a part of my everyday life that I didn't even know that it was there, it was like the default setting in my brain. Thankfully the Lord shined His light out of love for me, I'm so thankful.

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