Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Do you suffer from fear, anxiety or worry?
It's hard to imagine that a woman like Oprah Winfrey a powerful, rich and successful person suffers from anxiety. Oprah revealed that when she was a child she was sexually abused. That trauma created a soul wound that caused her to have bad self-esteem and an anxious feeling when dealing with some people. Her anxiety was rooted in the abuse she dealt with as a child which changed the way she looked at her life and she was never the same after it. Oprah admitted that she relied on religion to get her through the process and that the challenges she went through affected her mental state.
Fear, anxiety and worry plague and torment both believers and unbelievers alike. Since the fall of man the enemy has made it seem natural for us to worry, to fret, to fear something in our past, present and future because that is his plan to deceive us.
Worry may seem to be normal to us and that is because the enemy has lied to us, however worrying is also sinful. That’s because most elevated emotions such as fear, anxiety and worry is a failure to trust God and His goodness or to believe what He told us.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22 NIV)
Jesus knew that worry is a powerful weapon that the enemy uses against us. This battlefield against fear, anxiety and worry is done in our minds however, Jesus promised us that we could walk in freedom just like He did here on Earth (Matthew 6:25-34).
Even David who was close to God’s heart could not resist himself from fear, anxiety and worry. He dealt with the fear of death because of Saul and from his own son Absalom. We can read from many of his Psalms that he was crying for Lord to help him as the enemies tried to pull him down. But David was very clear and had a deep understanding in his heart that God is the rock, protector and refugee in times of distress.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (NIV)
Fear, Anxiety and Worry were perhaps as much a common disorder in biblical times as it is today, and causes of and reasons for it are not dissimilar to those of today. The great apostle Paul gave us instruction on how to deal with worry. Paul said “Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude” (Philippians 4:6 TPT). Paul gave us further instruction to “focus our thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8 CJB).
Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine. Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)
God actually commands us not to fear or worry.
The reason why is because if we let fear inside we are not using our faith and trusting in the Lord. In one of our Inner Healing and Deliverance sessions, I worked with a woman who was suffering from fear, anxiety and worry. She said “Fear and Anxiety had a such a strong gripping hand on my life”. She had financial debt problems due to her business loss and faced anxiety for many years without being able to come out of it. It wasn’t until she came to know Jesus Christ as Lord that things started to change for her. Once we found the root of the dissociative, wounded parts of the soul for her anxiety, we began the healing process for Jesus to come and take the pain away permanently.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
The truth is Satan, is attacking your mind and has a legal right to do so because of our soul wounds. Soul wounds are caused by hurt and trauma at any age in our lives it can be from friends, family and even enemies that we come in contact with. The trauma usually associated with accidents, physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical pain, or any emotional pain that we can’t handle or cope with at that moment. Since those past hurts (soul wounds) haven’t been healed by Jesus, they open the doorway which gives the enemy a legal right to torment us. (Matthew 18:23-35)
That's what happened to Oprah and the young lady with financial problems. Those past hurts, if not healed, will start showing in your life because a portion of your heart is still broken. We can't fix it ourselves as much as we want to, so we need to seek out Godly people who specialize in inner healing and deliverance.
The enemy torments us through these past soul wounds and it can affect us in our bodies (sickness, pain, undiagnosed medical conditions), our soul and in our minds (with feelings of hopelessness that bring with it elevated emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger, rejection, abandonment or despair). It can also affect us in our families, jobs and friends.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)
Satan is very sneaky, he is responsible more often than we would like we think. He is usually the cause of your torrent fear, anxiety, worry, pain, etc.
Inner healing is just one of the many reasons why Christ died on the cross (Ephesians 1:7). God wants to heal our deepest hurts and that's where inner healing comes in.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3 NIV)
Its time to be free from fear, anxiety and worry, in Jesus name!
Timothy Tomlinson Ministries
If you or someone that you know is going through fear, anxiety or worry and would like a free consultation to begin the process to be set free please contact us.
Timothy is an anointed minister, evangelist and teacher. Timothy’s passion is to see freedom for the brokenhearted and to set the captives free in Jesus name.
5 Bible Verses on Fear and anxiety
Here are some scriptures that can guide and encourage you on the subject of fear, worry and anxiety.
Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)
say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
John 14:27 (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)
But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Psalm 34:4 (NIV)
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.