It's normal to get stuck with our thoughts, emotions or issues at times, but it’s easy to feel like we are the only one on the planet with such problems. This is not the case. Life is hard in different ways for everyone. We all struggle sometimes. God did not say life would be easy but he did say He would be with us.
‘It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
I have struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety throughout my life and I’m happy to say that I’ve won over depression and I’m winning the fear battles in my life. Is this constant battle doing anything good for us? Well for me, it’s giving me huge doses of empathy for others and as a Christian therapeutic life coach, that’s a pretty good thing to have. It’s also grown me emotionally and spiritually as I’ve walked with the Lord to hopefully make me a better pastor, educator in my former occupations and over the years a better parent, wife and friend.
I’m going to discuss many different facets of being ‘stuck’ on 96three over the coming weeks and here I will mention some of them but in this blog I will cover fear. Maybe you will recognise some of the others: depression, rejection, boundaries, anger, forgiveness, control and a myriad of issues some resulting from dysfunctional families of origin (FOO), trauma, physical or social reasons.
Fear, anxiety and depression can often go hand-in-hand. God knows what we are going through, particularly in this fear area, so much so that the word fear is mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. Why is fear such a big issue? Well, many of the other areas of being stuck, stem from a basis of fear and play out in a variety of mental health issues. One reason many of us suffer from anxiety or a form of fear is that we have so many decisions to make in our fast-paced world that we can become overwhelmed with the choices of who or what to trust and then what to do to move forward for the best outcome. This struggle can impact on our communication with others which impacts those relationships. In 2 Timothy 1:7, God tells us He has not given us a spirit of fear so we must recognise that there is a spiritual aspect to anxiety. In my video course Unstuck & Empowered I cover the different stuck areas in detail and include a template in the workbook for what to do and how to pray, to deal with any of your issues.
Here is some wisdom the Bible can offer us in relation to fear: