By Gena Barnhill @BarnhillGena
Many people came to us for prayer desiring freedom from anxiety. They were tired of worrying and fretting and wanted the Lord’s peace to reign in their lives. They did not always know how or when anxiety had entered their lives to wreak havoc. Later in their prayer sessions, they became aware of relatives that may have influenced them or said words that provoked anxiety.
This spirit has been active in our family’s bloodlines for a long time. I struggled with anxiety most of my life. My father used to tell me that I needed to stop paying tolls on bridges I had not yet crossed. My mother worried about the future and finances. She told me that she physically felt ill with stomach pains and nausea each month when she sat down to balance her checkbook.
Press’s grandmother’s anxiety and life focus centered on acquiring enough money. She had what Press heard others refer to as a depression mentality and sought to save as much money as she could so that she would never be in need. Money became her life-long obsession. Her anxiety led her to continue to set higher savings goals each time she achieved her goal. This one-track focus negatively impacted her relationships and caused her to distrust others and remain isolated.How Does Anxiety Affect Us Spiritually? The A-B-C Series on Ancestral Influences #anxiety #prayer #TrustingGod Click To Tweet
For many people, anxiety has its root in not trusting God for His provision. Philippians 4:6 says do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-33, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The spirit of anxiety works closely with the spirit of fear. Fear and anxiety work hand in hand to distract people from achieving their destiny and ruin relationships. When things go wrong in our lives, these spirits work to make it worse. Millions of people are anxious about getting the pandemic virus, cancer, or other ailments. They stay isolated from others and are fearful and anxious. This is exactly what the enemy wants—to keep us isolated and prevent us from helping each other.
Many people believe their sins preclude them from being worthy of God’s grace and mercy. This is a lie. We are promised forgiveness in I John 1:9 if we repent. Even Christians who are born again, spirit-filled, and baptized in the Holy Spirit can believe they are unworthy. If you don’t trust God and don’t believe He wants you whole and healthy, then anxiety can become a lifestyle.
Often, the people we prayed with said they watched a lot of TV news or read the daily paper. This news is mostly negative. The local media almost always has news of a car accident, a murder, drug abuse, a health scare, or someone who has hurt others or themselves. National news focuses on wars, political disagreements, mistakes made by officials, government waste, or corruption. This constant bombardment of negativity feeds anxiety and fear.
Ten years ago, we stopped watching TV news and minimized the amount of time we read the news online. It was a tremendous relief not to get upset about things that had no impact on us or our families. The spirit of anxiety works to make people upset about things they cannot do anything about. The anxiety continues in the person until they break free.
We all have felt anxious at some time in our life. However, we can renounce and reject the spirits of anxiety and fear. Then we can ask the Holy Spirit what He wants to give us in place of these negative influences.
During prayer sessions, many people sensed the Holy Spirit wanted to give them His peace after they renounced these spirits and forgave their ancestors for embracing a spirit of anxiety. Now, they understood that the Lord loved them and would always be with them. Indeed, they were worthy because of Jesus. Prayer recipients often asked the Lord for self-control and declared they wanted to trust Him. We reminded them of 2 Timothy 1:7, which states, for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.
When I feel anxiety trying to impact me, I declare that I am no longer partnering with this spirit, and I ask the Lord for His help and peace. After the oncologist diagnosed me with cancer, I found a healing prayer ministry. Their team taught me how to effectively pray. They guided me in prayers to ask for forgiveness for partnering with anxiety and to renounce and displace spirits of anxiety and fear.
How have you dealt with anxiety?
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