A Potent Poison: Ten Dangers of Anxiety

Repeatedly in Scripture, God warns us of anxiety.  Anxiety is poison—a potent poison that slowly seeps into every aspect of your mind and soul.  How will anxiety kill you?  Here are ten ways.  Let’s let Scripture speak!

  1. Anxiety kills your peace and takes your joy.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:5-7).
  2. Anxiety reveals what your heart believes about God’s care for you: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
  3. Anxiety makes you fresh meat for the devil:  (Continuing from 1 Peter 5:6-7) “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). 
  4. Anxiety kills your delight in the day God has made: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).
  5. Anxiety robs your gladness: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25).
  6. Anxiety robs you of sleep: “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2).
  7. Anxiety does not believe God will deliver: “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you” (Isaiah 35:4).
  8. Anxiety questions God’s provision: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they” (Matthew 6:25-26)?
  9. Anxiety questions whether the Holy Spirit will give you the words when questioned: “And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11).
  10. Anxiety makes you work more for Jesus, rather than sitting at the feet of Jesus: “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:40-42).

Anxiety is a killer!  May we pray, “Lord, I believe.  Help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).  Belief, faith, trust, commitment, devotion, surrender.  These are the only tonic for the poison of anxiety. 

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2 thoughts on “A Potent Poison: Ten Dangers of Anxiety

  1. Lenora Kroner

    Thank you for this reminder about being anxious, Pastor Matt. I believe that God truly doesn’t want
    his people to be fearful or anxious. With that said, I sometimes struggle with understanding when Christians struggle with anxiety and other mental conditions to understand when it is a physical mental condition and when it is a relational issue with our Heavenly Father. Can we separate the two or is it always an issue with us not submitting to God’s will for our lives?

    In my own life, I had a time when I had trouble with a fear of flying. The anxiety was almost unbearable. I would react to every bump of turbulence and my heart would race. Lot’s of prayers were said as I was desperate to not be fearful. After I received my kidney transplant and my body was functioning more normally, all the anxiety left me related to flying. It was like night and day.

    The topic of anxiety has been on my mind a lot lately. In my work family, one of the kids has Aspergers. One of the symptoms of Aspergers can be anxiety and, recently, she has been dealing with catastrophic thoughts almost on a daily basis. December 8th will be the one year anniversary of her mom’s death and I think that us probably a major contributor for her increased anxiety. On the positive side, this situation has given me opportunities to talk to her about God and prayer.

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