We’ve talked about this a couple of times throughout this series, but do you realize how important your own thoughts are when it comes to fear and anxiety? We’re digging in deeper on that one today. We want to make sure you’re set up for success next time those anxious thoughts creep in!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

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Tauren Wells tells a great story about fear! Then he shares some awesome insights on taking your anxious thoughts captive and, instead, activating your faith!

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

We, like Paul [author of 2 Corinthians], are merely weak humans, but we don’t need to use human plans and methods to win our battles. God’s mighty weapons are available to us as we fight against the devil’s “strongholds.” The Christian must choose whose methods to use – God’s or the world’s. Paul assures us that God’s might weapons – prayer, faith, hope, love, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit – are powerful and effective (see Ephesians 6:13-18)! These weapons can break down the proud human arguments against God and the walls that Satan builds to keep people from finding God. When dealing with people’s proud arguments that keep them from a relationship with Christ, we may be tempted to use our own methods. But nothing can break down these barriers like God’s weapons.

 

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Tim O'Nan
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It amazes me how quickly I can tell things are messed up when I’m trying to control them and use my own knowledge and strength to solve the issues in my life. And yet every Time I leave it all at Gods feet He handles it. In His way, in His time, but He does handle it. I just have to look to the cross, be willing to let go of fear and turn it into faith. God speed

WAY-FM

So true; thank you for that great reminder!

Member

Oh, if it were only as easy as he says! I struggle with a lot of things that I wish I could get rid of! Thank you for this & I pray I can just give God all my fears & leave them with Him!!!

WAY-FM

I hear you, Margie; sometimes easier said than done, right? We’re praying for you!

Sarcher
Member

That was great. Gave me a whole new perspective. This is a great small group

Ashley Moore
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I really needed to hear the mirror/perspective part of this. I distort fear, anger, lack of insight and anxiety and allow my own ego and pride to get in the way of what God is really trying to show me. I appreciate the too, the prayer you shared about your boys.another change in perspective for me.

WAY-FM

The story about the mirror and our perspective of our fears really hit home for me, too. Thanks for being part of the WBSG!

Charissa
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This reminded me of a acronym I heard on fear that has stuck with me. F – False, E – Evidence, A – Appearing, R – Real.

Jennie
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Awesome message! Loved your story! Thank you for sharing!

Patrick Longton
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Tauren, my man, my brother in Christ, your epic journey is nothing short of a man after God’s own heart. Thank you for being a ‘Paul’ to so many through your testimony and ministry. I’m proud of you and your wife for the work you do for our God. Truly Jesus inspired! A couple thoughts you shared are powerful insights to the ugliness of anxiety. Without the Word we have little information to combat the overwhelming lies that our wondering minds feed us. This is were we allow (make the choice) to struggle with faith in the negative as opposed… Read more »
Jan
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I like your share today…..especially the part of taking our fears captive and holding them obedient to Jesus Christ. He always takes care of us in all things….we just need to remember to give him our fears and not worry about them.

Cristyjo
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i am just returning from a year mission trip in Zambia and am struggling to adjust. I try very hard to hold myself together and not fall apart. Both in private and especially in public. I’m not a public crier! The more I held in and tried what i now see as worldly ways, the more anxious and fearful i became. Last night I broke down because I cannot find my wallet and my bible. I’m sure they are right in front of me, but that was what God used to break me down. This morning, I realized that I… Read more »
WAY-FM

Cristyjo, thank you so much for sharing your testimony and your encouragement. We are praying for you!

Toya
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Cristyjo thanks for sharing. Go ahead and cry. Let it out. It may actually help you feel better. Have you tried duplicating your schedule? Maybe volunteering at a hospital, a food pantry, a homeless shelter, or even a nursing home. I think as you help and interact with others, you’ll rediscover yourself and find new people to chat with and other things to do. It won’t happen overnight, but it’s something you can look forward to while putting your mind at ease. It helped me and I slept better too.

Jennifer
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Thank you…I needed to see this.

Dinah
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I really like the “Jesus died so I could live in faith, not live in fear.” Well said.

Rachel Garmers
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Thank you Tauren! Loved your thoughts. Leaving our fears at the feet of Jesus. A practice that takes much discipline! Ps. You’re funnier than I ever knew! Thanks for the smile and encouragement today!

Kim
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Fear can be drowning. I’m learning even now to cast out fear and continue to put my trust in God. After 3 years with a company it is changing it’s vision and downsizing the company. Prior experience bears no weight for the new positions only your credentials you hold and if you meet the new job descriptions of the positions open with the new transition company. This experience allows me to not trust in my own abilities but lean on God and say Lord let your will be done you show me what path to take close the door that… Read more »
Jennifer
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I think part of the issue is that our flesh is always at the forefront. We will never overcome that part of ourselves until death comes for our flesh. However, with that said being accountable is the best way. I just joined something called Celebrate Recovery and I am learning that you cannot go alone. Even if you don’t physically feel alone, sometimes you are alone in your journey because sometimes others around you are not walking in the Spirit. It can be frustrating at time. My husband of whom I love, constantly is anxious and it drives me bananas!… Read more »
Sarah
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What a great message today, just what I needed to hear.

Michael
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“Keep my children from danger, but make them dangerous”

Member

Tauren Wells, I wrote down most of what you said. This was so good! Thank you for sharing what God put on your heart.

Member

AGAIN I needed to hear this. I am going to write down what he said it was a great example.

Member

I worry all the time. It is hard not to being human. I still keep praying.

Gen
Member

Needed this today! Thanks for your story.

Jan Lynn
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What a powerful testimony. I have listened to this several times and it just keeps getting better. What an awesome display of faith in Christ.

I had to laugh about the Cincinnati story as I live in Cincinnati and am pretty sure I know where you are talking about. Glad you made it out of there safely.

Allyss
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This was so great. What a good illustration! Fear is such a distortion…. fear is a lie. Knowing this and living it are two different things, though. Christ knows what it’s like to be human, so the children of God can rest in grace and do not sit under condemnation for our weaknesses. But oh the Freedom found in fearless living! We do believe, but help us, Lord, in our unbelief!

Lovena
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I give it all to you God, please take control over my fear

Doris Ripczinski
Member

Whoa….. Wonderful Words of Truth!

God’s Child
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Does anyone have practical suggestions or ways you took fear captive on the cross?

Jennifer
Guest
Holy Cow!!!!! I can’t explain how much this message hit a fear in me. Through this small group I have been thinking to myself..hmm I don’t have a whole lot I am really in fear of. Boy was I wrong… The fear that resides in my lack of faith is astounding. I sort of said to myself..hey I am making a choice to deal with the consequences of my choices. What I really am saying is I am afraid God will not come through if I place my full trust and faith in Him. I am a bit overwhelmed with… Read more »
Sharon
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Feeling the same way. Thank you for sharing your revelation. Uncovering the layers of childhood trauma and the fear of abandonment and shame that those trigger produce anxiety before I can even capture the thoughts that lead to the fears. Coming to trust God truly loves me and will heal this in His time is my growing hope. For now, I am just letting God love me.
I love all the shares and am grateful for this WBSG.

Juan Rubio
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Amen! God’s glory is bigger than our problems and he just wants us to trust in his Mighty word and not let the temptations the world brings get the best of us and forget our true calling, our true self. I thank you Lord Almighty for your unconditional love and the power you have bestowed on me. I owe my life to you Lord, thank you

Lisa
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Of all the days so far, yours connected with me the most. Thank you for reminding me to capture my fears and make them obedient to Jesus’ promise to me…to live the life He died to give me. Not one of fear, but of grace.

Karli
Guest

Wow! Great testimony! Fear has crippled me for years, the anxiety is unbearable at times, i try to trust God, but it seems like most of the time I’m swept away so quickly into darkness. The verse above is really helpful, i need to memorize it. Fear has been a huge stronghold in my family and we are all trying to break free of it, i believe the enemy is trying to keep is down in the darkness, but God’s power and love is greater.

Maria
Guest

God works in amazing ways. I have been torturing myself with my own thoughts for the past several days. I created turmoil out of nothing. I still have to wait and see what is going to happen, but I am now reminded that God is still on throne and in control of everything. I trust God is going to put everything as it should be and restore and redeem me.