God helped me with my anxiety. panic attacks and depression…
Two years ago, I gave birth to a wonderful baby girl. It was 3 months after that, I developed, what the doctor’s called PPD (postpartum depression). It was the worst but best 2yrs of my life. Worst, because it was soo hard, all the mental thoughts I went through. Fighting the devil, suicide thoughts, feeling like I was going crazy, living in a dream world, just plain crazy weird feelings/thoughts. Those things lead to me having severe panic attacks and depression.
I saw three doctor’s and two brain specialist, which all said I had anxiety/ppd. I disagreed, because I just didn’t believe in it. The doctors wanted me to get on meds asap. So, I went ahead and got my meds, got them filled, took them about a week, then got online and researched the info on depression meds. And did not like the effects and causes of them, so I dropped them, but the anxiety and panic attacks were so rough I couldn’t handle it. I really really felt like the devil was trying to take my body over. It was the weirdest, scariest feeling in the world.
I lived across a bridge, and it was so scary because every time I drove over that bridge, something was telling me to drive my car off into the water, just to end it all…the pain, the depression, the anxiety…all of it. But then I’d look into my rear-view mirror and see my baby girls face, and id break down. I knew I had something to live for, had a family, a husband, a life. And I knew suicide would send me straight to hell, (the bible says we shall not kill, and not to defile (destroy) the holy temple (which is our bodies) that carry the Holy Spirit.
I realized then, I needed to get my life in order and find God and live for him. So, I just relied on God. (I knew I couldn’t do this without God) instead of medicine. And I’m here to tell you, He has changed my life in soooo many ways. I don’t have panic attacks anymore; He has blessed me and my family. My hubby got in church also. And so did my mom (who gave up 20 years of smoking for God), but the best thing is my kids.
My 9-year-old and my 2-year-old sing and worship god. It just touches my heart and makes me sooo happy to see what god has done in my life. And I look forward to the future with God. But I want and hope this testimony helps someone. Just remember God can heal you WITHOUT MEDS OR A DR. Just pray and seek him, and remember God made us with love, not fear.
Can you explain please Tabitha what the process consisted of for your healing by God? I have had this similar type of depression in the past not due to PPD since I am a man but due to being sick and not knowing why which caused anxiety and depression which has now become a vicious cycle. I also did not want to take any meds or see a “Christian Psychologist” which will only use secular psychology to try and treat their clients. How did you overcome?
That’s an amazing testimony. And is so much encouragement for us. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Well daniel, i believe my healin/help from god came when i got my heart really straight. ive been through many trials. im only 25 and i went through bad blood work that came back hiv positive, i asked for forgiveness from god, he changed my test results, then i turned my back on him, later on i found out i had a brain cyst, and i went through surgery without any complications whatso ever from the cyst, then i turned my back on god again, i was young and wanting to party and so on, i didnt have time for god, but then all of a sudden this hit me (anxiety) which led to depression, suicide thoughts, so on. i knew i needed god more than ever, i knew i left him to many tmes..with this he got my attention.so i really got my heart right and settled down..im married with two beautiful kids. i dont have the need for drama or partyin or drugs. just my family and god. god healed me from severe panic attacks and i thank him sooo much (pray, read gods word, and meditate on him) TRUST ME. I KNOW ITS HARD!. i couldnt stand when people would try to help me out that didnt know what i was feeling or going through, because its rough. anxiety and depression is a very bad disease.but remember to fight. if we let the devil steal or take over our minds, then were done. we cant do that. if we let god dwell in us than we shud be able to overcome this disease, for the bible says he overcame the world all i can tell u, iis when ur mind is weighed down, open the bible and read scriptures. i made me a lil book, and wrote sum scriptures in it that i liked. u can look sum up on fear, forsake (b-c i know we feel forsaken when we have anxiety attacks) but remember god felt forsaken also on the cross, he asked god why he forsaked him, the after that the bible says jesus told god, into ur hands i give my spirit…something between that time sumthin happened, GOD NEVER FORSAKE HIM…however u feel or what u feel study the bible on it. just dont give up ur fight. if u put ur whole heart into god and really seek him and study his word, he’ll show up.
I just wanted to say, I totally agree. I’m now suffering from anxiety as well. But every time I seek god in my heart he fixes everything so fast u barely notice. God kept me out of trouble and when he did I always went astray and got in more trouble. But when I seek him he fixes it. God talks to us all, we have to pay attention and remember what we went thru and how god saved us and when he fixes things for us we need to continue to seek him. That should make your faith strong. Don’t ever forget how he helped us an many ways when nobody else could.
Also daniel..go buy joyce myeres dvd..BATTLEFILED OF THE MIND..it will help u also..its great!
I tend to agree with article. I also cured by God. I prayed for healing and as days go by my anxiety faded. I must say the experience brought me closer to God.
Thanks for sharing your testimony. Your actions show great strength, courage, and faith. I’ll bet you are a great mom. May God bless you and your family.
thank you for your testimony. I’m sitting hear at my computer with tears flowing down my face because for the last year I’ve experience everything you mentioned and then some and have prayed so hard for my healing. Yesterday and today were specially hard because I decided to go off med (for 1 month) that helps with my anxiety and when it got so bad I took it again and felt like such a failure in my faith. This is one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through. I’ve been to umf doctors, testing and so forth but no one has an answer. I’ve been refusing to believe my problems are anxiety and depression they are such ugly words, specially for someone who loves the Lord and the Lord abideth in me. Please keep in prayer that the Lord will give me the strength, the faith and power to win this battle. Blessings!
Patti you have already won the battle my sister! EL-ELYON
All I have to say is that when I was 18 years old I experienced my first episode of a panick attack, feeling dream like, and depression its horrible. God healed me 3 times because I have had a major of 4 episodes in 6 years. But the first three I just got better and went back to my sinful ways. Then in my fourth one I realized that God was trying to get my attention and now I do my best to not fail him. Everyday is a battle but with Christ nothing is impossible. I read my bible, Praise him everywhere I go when I drive and feel fear I pop some christian cd’s or radio station pray to him outloud. This has helped me so much. Unfortunately I tried leaving my meds but sometimes I need them. I am glad however that I don’t drink a lot just some here and there :D. I praise him because he has given me so many gifts that I never saw before. Recently, he has given me the ability to write music for him, and last night I prayed so I could learn the piano since sometimes the meds make it hard to learn, and guess what I started playing the piano with chords and all I could hear the notes so clearly before I played them. I worship him nonstop because it helps me so much. Sometimes I see people worshiping him at church with such boredom, if they only knew that worship is not only for God but through worship he pours the Holy Spirit heavy on you and gives you a sense of peace that is not of this world. Whenever I worship I dance, jump, sing, close my eyes and it’s so wonderful to be able to worship in that way, we are so priviledged to be able to come into God’s prescence. God Bless you brothers and sisters!
Thank you for this testimony! The Lord truly is here to help us all and I just want to say I have been struggling with PPA/PPD symptoms and after praying tonight to the Lord, He has healed me!! I’m so happy and all you have to do is get into a place where its just you and Him, humble yourself and remember to first thank Him for everything before you even ask for your healing. 🙂 He loves you and will guide you through anything life brings. Also remember, He doesnt put anything on us we can’t handle. Nothing’s too hard for Him, so seek Him now and claim your healing. 🙂
I have been going through the exact same thing. I experienced a panic attack out of nowhere and nothing but horrible, irrational thoughts, which was never like me, ever! I started on medicine to help but I don’t want to rely on that. I have been drawing near to god. Reading books and praying day in and day out. I know I got to strengthen my faith because he is the only one who will give me peace. I find that the mire I draw closer it seems like the more the Devil wants to take me down. Any suggestions to help with this? I won’t give up . I’ll keep praising God and praying.
you are under oppression of the enemy..i know because ive been there too…what i like about what you are saying is that you are praising the Lord Jesus..this will make your enemies scatter..one of The most wonderful gifts Jesus gave to me is the baptism of the Holy Spirit ..maybe you are open to this i do not know..read acts and ask the Lord about it..God bless you..you seem very sincere in your walk with the Lord
Glory be to God. Depression is very difficult, it makes life unbearable. I used to find myself unable to make decisions, struggling at work,did not want to be with people. I used to have a very close connection with the Holy Spirit, when depression started, I felt that I am losing connection with the Holy Spirit . At that time when I pray, I found it so difficult. I asked God what is happening? I told God I don’t want loose touch with you, I want to remain a born again christian. God uses situations and people to move you away from future problems because He is God that knows our future.Depression causes you to loose faith in God Almighty. Now I tell you the devil is always a liar. God said in His Word in Christ we are more than conquerers. He is Jehovah Sabbaoth Fighting for us, Jehovah Rafa the Healer. And by his stripes we are healed. I love him,Please always pray and love God and trust in Him. Jesus is our Saviour, let Him save you even now. There is no other chance. God bless you.
I am 66 years old and have been a born-again Christian for many years. Recently, I became gripped with anxiety and depression which seemed to come out of nowhere! It has changed my life as well as my thought patterns desperately! Please, please pray for my total deliverance. I have lost my appetite and my joy! Please pray for me!
May the Lord heal you totally from depression and anxiety. May the peace of the Lord be upon you and calm every Storm around you. May your appetite be fully restored and your joy be full in Jesus name we have prayed.
Debra, we just prayed for you in detail. Please eat and let us know how you are doing.
Praise him because he is good the great LORD almighty forever and ever!Tuning up I agree with you my depression subsided over time with some meds but only leaves you numb…true JOY came with the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT and by praising GOD no matter how I felt :D. I got baptized in tongues and praying so day and night gives me strength though there comes struggles here and there prayer prayer prayer works confess with your mouth only praises no matter how you feel don’t say it just praise. In time you get better day by day by praising the LORD all mighty, prayer, reading his word though your mind makes you doubt. God sees and rewards he is our ABBA Father almighty! For Crys do not look up how you feel online I used to do this and I suggest be open to the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT read my testimony on the front page under (My Testimony Please Read :D) demonstrates what God did for me in a matter of 6 months and it is for reals. I will add you to my prayer list :D. God Bless You all!
Thank you for your testimony. I have started having panic attacks and anxiety ever since my son was born 19 months ago and I never really thought it could be from that. I didnt think it could last this long. After reading this I believe that was part of my issues, other being that my son was hospitalized 3 times in his short little life already for menegitus and asthma. He is doing better now and through GOD I am too. I still have tough days where I can feel the enemy start to attack, but I quickly try to get them in check and often pray out loud in Jesus name. I know I can overcome this through Jesus and hearing stories like this really helps too. Please pray for me that they become just a memory and I will no longer struggle at all with these feelings. Thank you so much <3
My Dear, i am African and i tell you God is so real.I had just your description of symtoms and believe me it was very terrible.God healed me completely.The Lord fights our battles when we surrender absolutely.I am no more on medication.Please,trust God absolutely!
Hi, I am 24 years old, and have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for 10+ years now. I often wonder if the reasons are legitimate or if it’s mostly from the devil, or both? Anyways, I know how terrible and paralyzing this could feel, and I am glad that God has helped you beat this and become stronger! I pray everyday and try to stay strong and not lose faith (or else I’d probably go crazy). I CLAIM MY HEALING!! I ask anyone who reads this to please pray that I will overcome this fear and anxiety, and that it will be replaced with peace and joy. Thank you.
I’m praying for you, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing your heart.
I also went thru a traumatic experience last march 2011. I wasn’t living the life I believe god wants me to live. I have been severely depressed and the doctors are filling me with medication. I pray long and hard to be able to conquer this with Jesus our Lords help. I lost 30 pounds, can’t eat, and suffer from anxiety and depression. I believe that only God can heal me. I ask for all of you pray for me to come out of this situation’ as I don’t trust the doctors and the medicine is hell. I lost my job and I have small children I need to raise, again, I beg for the almighty healing of our Lord Christ. He has healed me before, and I slid badly. I got separated from the Lord and I’m in continuous prayer for forgiveness and to be put back on the right track. But the panic and depression is unbearable. I would thank you for all your prayers and support as brothers and sisters in Christ.
hey guys this is tabatha, its been almost a yr since i posted this testimony..and i want to say first of all GOD IS GREAT..i wwent thru that depression/anxiety for 2 yrs before i was delivered. with that being said, i want you all to know that are fighting these battles, that god does allow the devil access to us like he did job. but for u not to give up. there were many times i wanted to just throw my hands up and say god i cant do it anymore, just take me. but god knows the FIGHT we have in us, and when we have done all wecan do to stand..well JUST STAND, and let god carry you. many times, i would just go in my daughters room and set and cry for hours cause i thought i cant do this, but those hours of me alone in that room, was not only me fighting my battle, but me alone in that room spending time crying out to GOD, (that time we should do on a normal basis). i also spent 2 christmas’s in the bed crying,i missed many family dinners, it was a very sad time for me. but the bible says the GLORY always out weighs the tribulations. i say AMEN to that!! we dont always know the reasons why god puts us throught these times, but we do know that god has plans for us (jerm 29:11)..also here are some good scriptures to read..i read up on this just a couple weeks ago, and actually posted this on facebook for my friends to read..this is some good reading. ..”the good from affliction” psalm 119
I KNOW,o lord, that thy judgments are RIGHT & that thou “in faithfulness” HAST AFFLICTED ME..**this goes to show when god puts us thru a trial it is because he has faith in us to go thru it,- jerm 29:11 could also fit into this cause gods plans are never to harm us but make us stronger with an expected/hopeful end** (67) before i was afflicted i went astray:but NOW i have kept thy word (71) it is GOOD FOR ME THAT I HAVE BEEN AFFLICTED; that i MIGHT LEARN THY STATUES..and of course god is faithful & will never allow you to be tempted with more than u can handle (1cor 10:13)****see god does have faith in us to handle and go through our trials. he knows we can do it. and where god is, always remember the devil is there to lyin to u telling u,u cant make it..but the devil is a liar and the father of it!! 2Cr 4:16-17 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. <—LOVE this
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of GLORY..amen!!
also if u have facebook, send me a request, tabatha renee dunn mcmahan (alabama), and tell me ur from testimony share!
Hi Ladies (and gentlemen)
I’m 27 years old. My sister has struggled with depression/bipolar for the past 7 years. She has tried to take her life on multiple occasions. About a month ago, I was thinking about her symptoms and what must be going on in her head, and I had an anxiety attack. I couldn’t stop the thoughts. My attack lasted about 20 minutes. I had to take the first hour off work (I was driving to work when this happened). Since then, I have not had another attack, but have been surrounded with the fear that an attack can happen again at any moment. It is extremely overwhelming and scary. I understand what you all mean when you say you feel like you’re going crazy, you feel a disconect from reality at times. I don’t know when these feelings will end, but I know they will end. So far, since my attack has happened, I’ve been eating healthier, (mainly just due to loss of appetite so I figure I should lay off the bad stuff!) and I have not picked up a cigerette. I’ve also been working out. I’ve also made it a part of my daily routine to read the bible, and to read my daughter her bible every night. I have also realized how important to spend time with my daughter, and not just watch tv and let her hang out while my focus is on what is on t.v. We say a prayer everyday when I drop her off at school, then on the way home from school when I pick her up. I feel that the Lord is trying to show me something and trying to change my ways. ALWAYS remember, that he makes all things come together for our good. Look at Tabatha. A few years ago she was feeling just like us, and the lord took her life and her testimony and is using it to build us up, give us hope. The Lord is in control. Our job is to stay faithful. Hang in there Ladies, he will never leave us, and he will use this horrible experience to bless us and uplift us in ways that we can not imagine. Remember to always put your trust in the Lord. God Bless you all and you’re in my prayers.
It is such a blessing to read these. I have been fighting anxiety and panic attacks off and on since 1985.I have been ok even after my husband became ill and was out of work for nearly a year. Then about a month later, bam!
I have the same feelings as you all about meds. but I do take ativan, especially when it feels like my throat is closing up. I figure God has provided that relief for me and feeling like I’m choking just makes the anxiety worse. I usually can get by on a half.I have been repeating scriptures to overcome fear over and over and meditating on them. There is a great list if you google scriptures for panic and anxiety. The word and prayer is my great help, and I know the source for healing.
I guess I was just so down on myself for HAVING panic attacks. I don’t know why and that is really a puzzle to me. I don’t talk about it to anybody really, sometimes I tell my sister or husband I am having that “A” thing cause I don’t even want to say the word to them. I especially keep it from my grown daughter. How can I talk about my faith with her when I feel like I’m lacking faith if I have anxiety. I know she would wonder that even if she didn’t ask me why, but she probably would. This has troubled me so much! I felt like as a Christian I shouldn’t have it and have been so tormented by that.
I am so sorry for all of you enduring it, but I I am so thankful you are willing to talk about it. I was feeling like the only Christian in the world who had this problem.
BTW, I have found relaxation exercises 2x a day make a great difference as well as being aware of your muscle tension and breathing. If you have a panick attack hold your breath for 4 sec. then slowly exhale, do this for 5 times. Say Jesus quietly to yourself and relax all your muscles like a dishcloth. It should stop the attack in 10 min. If it comes back, do it again. I think maybe they start because we get so much on our minds then start tensing up our muscles and breathing shallow.It causes our body to believe we are about to fall off a cliff and the panic attack is the reaction. The devil takes advantage of that moment. But we are all overcomers and when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will hold up a standard against him.
“And they overcame him(the devil) by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony..”.Rev 12:11
God bless and heal you all.
Thank you so much everyone for writing your experiences. I’ve also experienced severe anxiety and panic attacks. I don’t think those words ‘anxiety’ or ‘panic’ express the horror of it. It really feels like experiencing hell on earth. I just want to thank the Lord that I am free from anxiety for almost 2 years now! I just want to write my experience in case it helps someone. I had my first attacks in 2008. There were a number of ‘doors’ in my life that I feel let anxiety and fear in.. especially a severe social phobia which I haven’t yet been healed of. I had always gotten on well in work despite my severe fears of people, somehow managing to hide it, but in 2008 I started a job where the phobia became an issue and I was really rejected by work colleagues which really made my fears worse. This led to the severe panic attacks. I lost a lot of weight. I couldn’t eat. I was nauseous all the time. I frequently threw up with anxiety. I was off work due to it for a few months which further added to my anxiety because I’m a person who never misses work. I had an awful feeling in my mind all the time and it was getting worse rather than better. I was hit with waves of panic attacks that would last for hours. As it dragged on month by month I felt this could go on for years. I had gone to counselling which was no help. I felt strongly about not wanting meds. Meanwhile I was praying and praying, studying the word, praising God in spite of it.. begging him to help me I felt so desperate. Each minute and day dragged by in absolute hell. It seemed the Lord was silent. To cut a longer story short the Lord did show me what to do. I had been expecting him to help me, but in my case I found I had to help myself, using His provisions. I felt angry in fact that I had to help myself because it was such a hard struggle. I found Graham Powell’s book “Christian Set Yourself Free” the only one that practically helped me. I was in two minds as to how to see the problem.. from the secular / medical model / psychology worldview (especially as I work in healthcare).. or from a biblical worldview.. I really prayed about how to see it, because it seemed to make a big difference as to how to approach it. I decided to see it from a biblical perspective that I was being oppressed by demons.. And it turned out by what followed that the biblical was the true perspective, because it led to freedom.
I felt despairing because I didn’t have a clue who to ask re deliverance. Then I thought, why can’t I ‘deliver’ myself, I’m just as much a child of God as anyone else. That was a monday morning, that very morning feeling really in the pit, I knelt by my bed and spent an hour or more commanding demons of fear to leave me. Every time I felt a twist of paralysing fear hit me (which was about every 2 seconds) I commanded it in Jesus’ name to leave.. and it did.. the funny thing, I actually could feel them leaving.. a physical sensation. I quoted scriptures more to myself as I commanded declaring that ‘greater is He that’s in me than he who is in the world’, that the Lord had given me authority to trample underfoot these demons etc. which I held onto in faith. As I continued that morning the fear attacks spaced out until by lunchtime that awful feeling in my mind had left. For the first time in weeks and weeks! I went downstairs where my Mom exclaimed in astonishment it was the first time she had seen me smiling in weeks. I told her what I had done and she was amazed. That didn’t solve it.. I had to persist for weeks and weeks doing exactly the same whenever I felt an attack. After a few weeks I could go back to work. All the time the attacks were less and less frequent. Now I’m free of them. Should they ever recur I know what to do.
I was eventually led to leave that job and the Lord has subsequently hugely blessed me in my next job.
Thank you Father for leading me to freedom from this! Before I read this page today I was getting majorly discouraged by issues I’m facing at the moment. It’s good to look back and remember how God has been faithful in the past. He has a way for each person. His way may be different for each person even if they seem to have the same issue. I pray each precious person here can reach out for His guidance as to what to do in their situation. God cares and loves you dearly.
Joy this was truly inspiring, thanks for sharing.
Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you some beautiful scripture to read and use. Scripture says God’s word will go out and NOT return to him empty but it will do what he wanted and accomplish what he determined. Isaih 43: 1-3 says “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you, when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the lord your God, the holy one of israel, your savior.”
I prayed at church yesterday with one of our elders, and he had horrible anxiety and he, too, was healed of it. It took time, but he meditated on the Lords word and reminded himself that the lord did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power love and sound mind. And that is what I intend to do. I’ve started a journal and I’m learning scripture and I’ll meditate on it. Everytime I feel the feeling of anxiety I’ll quote scripture. Thank you God for your love and your grace.
i am so grateful for having found this. i too was suffering from anxiety and i never had this before! i just recently had a gorgeous daughter and i have the most loving and supportive husband and family that one can ask for. God has blessed me in so many ways, and when the enemy sees you are happy and doing well, he tries to creep and take everything away from you. The word of God seriously crushes the devil like a cockroach. They scatter when you recite the word and when you plead the blood of Jesus the light shines through to even the cockroaches that hide. Do not fear of anything in the name of Jesus. He has healed and restored me. He protects my family each and everyone of them 24/7 and I know he does the same for you. The times that I feel the devil trying to get me, I say- \”devil.. i invite you… to seek the loving power of God, for he will send you to the same dark pit that you had intentions of me and my family going. I say if you want us, your going to have to go through God and you are nothing but dust in the eyes of the Lord.\” I was so overcome with fear before and I could barely stand it. I went to see several doctors bc i was sincerely afraid i was going to die. or my family would die. UGHHH so crazy and awful. I feel for everyone of yous who have battled this. I am here to say, keep fighting! read the word all the time. Pray to God and Jesus all the time. non stop talk to them as they are your best friends. Fast and prayer. When you fast it makes your power against evil even stronger! We can all do this, maybe we can all try to do it together in the name of ourselves and one another and everyone who is suffering this. And for protection of our families. Feel free to email me paula_ocot [at] hotmail.com and we can pray for each other and others as well! I love each and everyone of you and I know we will be victorious in this fight. For if God is for us, than who can be against us?
Hello Joy. In reading your Testimony Feb 27 2012, I have done similar as I too are suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Major Depression. I take two lots of medication. Pristiq (150 MG) in the morning and 200 MG of Seroquel each afternoon. I have had this condition for over a year and a half. I wrote a message on my phone and saved it. It reads – In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour, I command the devil, all demons and evil spirits to leave my body and never to enter my body ever again. I live for my Heavenly Father, GOD Almighty and Powerful. I live for Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour and I live for the Power and majesty of the Holy Spirit. I also live for the Love that I am sure my children have for me, and that my family and friends have for me. Goodbye for ever all forms of evil. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit AMEN.
I’m praying for you. Dear brother, hold onto God’s Word and don’t let it go, you will need it as a sword in the fight and it is effective.
The Lord God, who created the heaven and earth, has lifted you up in Christ Jesus and seated you in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus(Ephesians 2;6).
He has given you authority to trample underfoot snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL power of the enemy, nothing will harm you(Luke 10;19).
He will NOT let you be lost (John 6;39).. or snatched out of His hand (John 10;28&29).
Greater is the Holy Spirit who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4;4).
Remember to submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4;7).
These promises are for you.
Jesus was revealed for this reason, to DESTROY the works of the devil (1 John 3;8b). When He was going around Galilee showing what the Father was like, doing the Father’s will, He was “.. healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts 10;38)
Les, God has good plans for you, plans for your welfare and not for harm, plans to bring about a future full of hope (Jeremiah 29;11). He wants to restore your soul (Psalm 23). He is working all things together for your good (Romans 8;28). He is for you and not against you (Romans 8;31)
May God bless you greatly,
(Ps. In case it helps, something I found helped.. to read God’s promises super slowly, stretching out and savouring each word in my mind.. the words seemed to sink in better. And because my concentration was very poor at that stage.. I also had a ‘back up’ verse… so that if I was distracted from one promise, I had another ready to switch my mind to.)
Thank you for replying with the wonderful quotes from the Bible. I think it is amazing that you mentioned Psalm 23. This is my favourite and I regularly read it. In the words of one of the chaplains when I was in hospital, I asked him about miracles and he said to me that he sometimes calls them Mysteries. I believe you quoting Psalm 23 is a Mystery. To add to this my Mum’s name is Joyce and she is often referred to as Joy. It was my Mum and to a lesser extent, my Grandmother who introduced me to praying and our Lord Jesus Christ when I was very young. I only wish that I had not left it until now (47) to read as much of the Bible as I have. Having this illness has brang me even closer to GOD, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I really want to be a better person and not have this horrible illness anymore.
Thank you Joy for your kind words and quick reply.
Praise be to the Lord!
Amen! Praise the Lord!
You will get there Les!
Nahum 1;12&13: “This is what the Lord says:
‘Although they have allies and are numerous,
they will be destroyed and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
I will afflict you no more.
Now I will break their yoke from your neck
and tear your shackles away.”
May this come true for you soon.
I too have exactly the same things going on as Tabatha. This is so inspiring to read. One year about six years ago I got struck with a horrible flu that lasted 3 weeks. I was attacked spiritually and realized I was already in a weak spot as far as my belief in God was. I was attacked with feelings of not wanting to live and feelings of hopelessness even though I was a truly happy person with a beautiful family…(I have 5 children). I had terrible anxiety but since that time it has come and gone. When it leaves is when I have true belief in God and hope but I still get attacked daily currently. I have always struggled with anxiety .. After a couple if my children were born I was struck with thoughts that I wanted to harm them but soon those feelings and thoughts left. These current thoughts and feelings have been the hardest to tackle. Knowing I’m not this kind if person but the devil is filling my head with terrible thoughts of hopelessness. I’m a completely stable person and these feelings of inferiority rule my mind. These comments help me realize that it is the devil.
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Hello. I have been suffering with panic attacks ever since I was a little girl. I am 25 years old now. I have never had one as bad as I did last week. It hit me hard. Out of nowhere. I went to the doctor and she was very hesitant on giving me any sort medication specifically for the attacks but I was very persistent in not getting on any anti depressant so I left with no resolution. I wanted to fight this without being doped up all the time. Well I had another attack early this morning. I have been out of work for 5 days due to my fear. I have never ever been suicidle but I was pushed beyond my limits with crazy thoughts and I gave my Mother and boyfriend quite the scare. I have been batteling this panic and fear all day. This is he worst it has ever been. I finally broke down crying out to god, in my bathroom, and begging for mercy. I told him how happy of a person I am. How I love with every bit of my soul. How I am so thankful for everything he has blessed me with and I surrendered. I feel a sense of peace now. I am taking things slow but I know he is with me. I will fight these demons with him by my side. They are not welcome and I have a purpose for living. I will follow the path that god has drawn out for me. I was put here for a reason and it was NOT to live in fear. I will praise him. I will do everything I can. I will fight. Praise Jesus.
I am praying for you right now dear sister. I have been through this experience and it truly is indescribable. I am praying for your peace and protection. You are precious and deeply loved by the Lord. Keep your focus on Him but remember He is holding you tightly. He will not let you be snatched away or lost. Be still and know that He is God.
Bless you, love,
Hello my name is Japel. I am a 20 year old male and i had my first panic attack may of this year… i was in a car accident and it was my 2nd traumatic experience.the first was when my house burned down and to this day i dont want to talk about it. Anyways…. i always felt like when i would go to church things would be much better for me (as has been proven) but for some reason my anxiety has me scared… im scared that if i believe too much than it is a sign that death is near… if a gospel song comes on its a sign if someone asks me how im doing its a sign if i am hugged its a sign if im told im loved its a sign…… not to mention the commercials about funerals….to me its a sign…. before this accident i NEVER had these problems…. but now i find myself dealing with health anxiety and death anxiety…. i feel like every little thing i feel is a sign…. if i think it then it must be true…. i find myself not wanting to go to church because if i do its a sign…. the physical symptoms can be oh so slight but i’ll feel its a sign. The negative thinking has gotten to the point where i have these impending death thoughts every waking moment…. im scared to go to sleep as i feel im going to die in my sleep and when i do wake up im like well it hasn’t happened yet but it will any second and i deal with these every single day…. i dont know what to do anymore…. things were never like this…. i feel like god has a message for me or is trying to tell me something but its scaring me because idk what it is….. my anxiety is so bad that sometimes i wish i could rewind time and change everything….. even now as i type this i feel it is a sign….. why else would i be writing to a. Bunch of strangers??? This is how it is 24/7…. idk how to shake this or overcome it…. i feel trapped….. i feel like this is the end and even though the doctors say its anxiety im dying from SOMETHING….. i have this constant eye flash problem and of course i relate that to death because they say u see white lights when u die…. the heavy eye feeling makes me think i’m fighting death and if i close my eyes thats it….. im rambling i know but its just scary…………… i’m lost………. i’m hurt………. im. Scared.. does anyone else feel like this.??? I stopped taking my meds almost 2 months ago because it just made it worse and i dont wanna be a lab rat and i wont do the trial and error test either….. if u know what im dealing with and or how i feel what would u suggest i do??? I’m desperate thats why i posted here…. HELP ME…….. SOMEBODY…….. ANYBODY!!!!!!!
Hi Japel, I wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you and that I have had some thoughts and feelings of impending death very similar to what you are describing. One little trick that helped me get past being anxious about this is by telling myself “Hey, remember I had that thought last week, last month, last year and it didn’t come to pass. So I don’t believe it will this time.” Just using logic helped me. Please post back and let us know how you are doing. Thanks.
My heart goes out to you. I have been through this too. (You can read my testimony further up on this page, date 27th Feb. 2012). Thanks to the Lord, I am still healed of this.
You describe the experience very well. It is like every thought you have rings loudly with overtones of fear. It is unbearable.. but you will get through this and come out the other side.
I found I desperately needed to cling on to the Word of God during that time. Even if it was hard to focus.
Psalm 91 in particular was a rescue in many extreme moments. Psalm 23. The Lord is right with you, even if you cannot feel Him.
Japel you have had two very painful events happen to you, one of which you can’t even talk about. All of this anxiety is finding its source in that. Can you pray to the Lord to ask you that He show you His protection in those moments?
You could have been harmed in the fire or the car accident.. but the Lord kept you SAFE. He watched over so many little details to keep you safe… the time maybe you arrived home, the timing or speed of your car journey… Ask the Lord to show you.
While I was already suffering from severe anxiety, someone tried to break into my apartment while I was in it. I literally managed to close the door in their face. It tipped me over the edge, or so it felt, for two days. I thought I was going crazy with horror-filled thoughts.
I cried out to God saying “Lord, you promised to protect your children! Please, how were you protecting me then? I can’t see it! help me!” I was absolutely desperate.
A strange thing happened.. 6 different ways came to mind that the Lord had really protected me.. I won’t go into them all. But I was home from work early that day and lying down because I didn’t feel well. But I got an urge to get up and do a particular task that suddenly came to mind. It meant I was in the hallway right at the second someone came through the door. If I had been a second or two delayed, I wouldn’t have been able to close the door in that person’s face. And there were more little details. I was suddenly overwhelmed with God’s peace and felt invincible. I realised He truly protects me.
Dear Japel, He protects you too. He can bring you safely through this. The ‘fear’ part of your brain has been over-stimulated and is reacting easily to any negative thoughts you have.. resulting in more fearful thoughts. Keep your eyes and heart on Jesus. Cling to His word. Pray His word. Pray His promises. Don’t be afraid to ask the people around you for help.
I am praying for you,