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Ask Dr. Stanley: I trust God, so why am I still anxious?

Beneath the surface of every fear or anxiety is a root cause, and Christ has given you the power to find freedom from it.

 

Q: I trust God with all my heart, so I don't understand why I'm finding it nearly impossible to surrender one particular fear. I've prayed and prayed, but my heart just can't let go of this anxiety.

A: You’ve taken the first step by recognizing that you’re anxious. One of Satan's most subtle and successful traps is to tempt us to focus on our circumstances. But anxiety isn’t caused by all the outward things we think are to blame. It’s an inward problem. You are never healed of emotional sickness until you’re willing to face the truth about what’s inside you and deal with it.

Whenever you’re gripped by anxiety, stop and identify its root. Ask yourself, Why am I so anxious about this? and let the Holy Spirit reveal what is hidden beneath the surface. Sometimes you’ll find you’re actually paralyzed by inadequacy—you’re afraid of failing or not measuring up. You might find that guilt is holding you back, or even the false idea that God is a ruthless taskmaster or scorekeeper. And in connection with these feelings or erroneous views is what I call “the tape recorder.” We usually don’t realize that by playing a loop of the misbeliefs we were taught throughout life, this invisible recorder often directs our thinking.

So, when that fear recurs in your mind, recognize the misbelief for what it is and say, "All right, that's the recorder playing. Now, where did this thought originate?" When you’ve traced back to its root, say, "I reject that. I don't have to play that recording any more. And if it goes off again, I refuse to listen."

Then you can pray, "Father, I thank You that this anxiety is not of You, because You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7 KJV). I rebuke this fear in the name of Jesus Christ. I reject this feeling and refuse to be bound by it from this moment on." Then, reach for Scripture, and let the Lord speak anchoring truth to your heart.

 

For more questions and answers, tune in to In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley each week (check local listings)—or visit Ask Dr. Stanley.

Copyright 2014 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.


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  • October 12, 2013 07:24 PM

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    A very helpful article. Thanks InTouch
  • February 16, 2013 09:34 PM

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    Anxiety is a life stealing condition,that is very hard to understand,if you live with someone who has it you probably know this.If you are a anxiety sufferer,I pray for you and all who are.
  • January 31, 2013 12:26 PM

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    Amazing how God's timing is so perfect. I arrived at work this morning, with a slight case of anxiety, and I could not pinpoint the exact reason why I felt this way. I read the last paragraph of this story and prayed the prayer, over and over. Thank you Lord for your helping me get through this.
  • January 26, 2013 11:01 AM

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    I thank Charles Stanley and his ministry and all who are involved that bring these relevant messages to us. I have been suffering with anxiety for a while. However, when I am reminded to talk with God, HE is right there with me and his WORD.
  • January 24, 2013 12:14 PM

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    It is truly amazing the times I have watched Rev Stanley and his lessons are relevant to my life. We are having a hard time with our son, he has done some things and gotten involved in drugs. The stress and worry that I feel is overwhelming at times. Coupled with losing my job, my anxiety has been working overtime. I have been praying for my son for so long, but after listening to Rev Stanley I knew I had to just leave it in the Lord's hands and let him work in my son's life.
    Thank you Rev Stanley for always giving such wonderful messages.
  • January 22, 2013 11:05 AM

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    Wow thank you for this article!! It felt directed to me as I suffer for almost two years of anxiety and depression! My anxiety seems to keep me from everything and it hurts cause I have four very active kids in school!! I just ask for prayer to be cured from this curse and be normal again! Thank you!!
  • January 22, 2013 10:21 AM

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    It's ironic that when I am alone feeling afraid and allow my fears to overwhelm me- that I need to remember that my brothers & sisters in Christ are also going thru some of the same trials. When each believer reads each of these comments -- please pray for one-another. I believe that GOD answers prayers- and when there are two or more-there HE is also.
  • January 22, 2013 08:43 AM

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    To the person who is afraid of being alone for life - I used to feel the same way and I too was in an unhealthy relationship. Only by the strength of the Lord, I was able to let that person go. It was so difficult and the first 2 times I accepted him back into my life. However each time I did that I felt worse because I knew that my relationship with the Lord suffered and took a back seat. The last time was the last and it's been over 10 years and once again it was difficult but all I can say is THE LORD continues to be ALL THAT I NEED.
    I have not been in a serious relationship since because the Lord has not sent a man into my life. I am determined to wait on the Lord this time. I cannot even tell you how the Lord continues to strengthen me and fill the moments that in the past would have left me lonely - now I am filled. The Lord will help you because he doesn't want us to be in relationships that are not good for us and he also doesn't want us to feel lonely. He promised to be all that we need.
    May God continue to strengthen you as you call on him and wait for him to answer.
  • January 20, 2013 09:50 PM

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    I love being in the word with Dr. Charles Stanley.. Anxiety is from the evil one to keep us from the Lord.. and having the peace we so deserve. Praise be to God for all that he does for us and thank you Dr. Stanley for covering this topic and reminding us to take or troubles and worries to the Lord in Prayer !
  • January 20, 2013 04:31 AM

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    I listened to Dr Stanley's teaching on "Victory over Anxiety'' and it made me realize that God's word has solutions to real issues of life indeed. I'd attended a workshop on managing stress based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and I was shocked that the principles of CBT seem to have been lifted from the Bible, so the Bible in itself is the manual for living a purposeful and balanced life marked by peace. Thank you Dr Stanley!!
  • January 17, 2013 01:59 PM

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    The way God uses Pastor Stanley and his ministry is so awesome! To Jennifer: I very recently went through the same exact thing as you, my Dad directed me to.listen to Pastor Stanley, I dropped everything and I mean everything at the feet of our Lord and he has performed miracles in me and my marriage. I will.pray for you, remember to stick as close as possible to God's word, there is NO substitute, only He WILL will sustai n Praise God
  • January 13, 2013 11:42 PM

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    This article is very timely for me. My husband and i have recently separated and our future together looks very bleak. My fear is that this excruciating heartache will never be lifted from me. I feel so broken inside that its almost paralyzing. I plan to do as Dr Stanley suggests and rebuke the fear. Whatever this life holds for me, I choose to give it to the Lord. Only He is big enough to take all of my fear and pain. I also lost my job 3 months ago and have yet to find employmemt. Unemployment adds to the anxiety but it pales in comparrison to losing my marriage. Thank you for this encouraging article. Bless you. P.S. If any feel led, I would appreciate any prayers. In Christ, Jennifer
  • January 13, 2013 01:26 PM

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    Charles I'm realizing today that fear is just that. Fear of unknown. My Love for my Heavenly Father gets me thru all. When I feel anxious I read My Bible and find peace I also talk to Father and come to peace. Thank you Charles. may Gods Blessings be with you. Love Gaynell
  • January 12, 2013 08:45 AM

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    I have also struggled with anxiety. the root of anxiety goes back generations in my family. The Holy Spirit has been my guide in not only showing me the roots of anxiety in my life and my family (generational curses) but He is my Comforter when my body tries to overrule my spirit- getting the physical symptoms of anxiety- tingling, nausea....He reminds me of the Words of God and I have come through these episodes, gaining the victory that Christ promised, the full and abundant life that He purchased through His death and resurrection.
    I urge fellow readers to be mindful that we must set our minds and hope on God. Trust in our Father comes by taking steps of faith. He cannot and won't infringe on our free will. if you won't leave behind that which is evil you have made your choice. Don't delay. HE IS GOOD AND FAITHFUL AND WORTHY OF YOUR CONFIDENCE.
  • January 06, 2013 07:01 PM

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    I'm afraid to let go of an unhealthy relationship with a certain person because I'm afraid God won't replace it with a better relationship. I'm afraid I'm going to be alone for the rest of my life if I let go of this person. How can I release this fear of being left alone?
  • January 03, 2013 03:40 PM

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    This reading it's very helpful.... It is an answered prayer!!
  • January 03, 2013 06:57 AM

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    I thank God for you Pastor Stanley because I am going through some of the same anxieties. I also feel afraid when I feel like I am not in control of my situation. I am afraid of failure and inadequacies. I care too much about the way people view me subconsciously. I just want to be free of these feelings. I feel so alone and a mat to everyone in my life. I feel they take my kindness as weakness. I ask God all the time why am I here? I some times want to run away from the problem, but the problem is in me and I can't rune away from myself. I'll just carry it with me. How do I deal with it.
  • January 02, 2013 08:20 PM

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    Thank you for sharing this story. I feel as if you are speaking directly to me with your words. I feel better equipped to reject my anxiousness and fears. You are a blessing.
  • January 01, 2013 06:28 PM

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    Oh, I just love all the articles in your books..they all make sense and are very enlightening! Thank you for publishing such blessed messages..They help immensely.
    Continue to be blessed in abundance for all that you're doing to put these magazines out.
    A grateful reader and believer,
    Suzanne Morin
  • January 01, 2013 12:29 AM

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    Thank You this is a great tool to help understand our fears.

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