Ever have those days where you’re totally stuck in your own head? Your thoughts just keep going round and round. You aren’t getting anywhere. You’re just in a loop of your own negativity.
I can be pretty good at wallowing in my own thoughts (which is not a good quality!). The thing about being stuck in your head like that is not only are you stuck there, you’re getting pulled in deeper and deeper.
Fear in Final Space
In the Netflix Original show Final Space, regular-guy Gary gets wrapped up in a major conflict and basically has to save the universe. That’s kind of a lot of pressure for an average person. Understandably enough, he’s a bit worried. Worried that he’s the wrong guy for this job. Worried that he could screw it up and everything could go horribly wrong. Worried that no matter what he does it could all go horribly wrong anyways.
Gary seeks out a Titan for help. When he reaches the Titan, he is confronted by many versions of himself (even one with a really cool mustache). These voices in his head highlight everything wrong with him (how can someone who doesn’t have a mustache save the universe?) and make him think of how regular and powerless he really is. As he focuses on these voices and on his worries, a black goo begins to ooze up his legs and devour him.
The Titan, Bolo, says:
“Your anxiety is consuming you. You know you can’t succeed.”
“You’re right. ...I’m scared there’s no winning this...”
As soon as Gary voices his fears, the enveloping ooze disappears.
Bolo tells him:
“All progress begins with the truth.”
– Final Space, Season 1, Episode 8
Whoa! How good is that?
When you get stuck in your head, how much of it is voices telling you that you aren’t good enough? You can’t do it, you won’t succeed. You’re not special enough. You’re not loved. And how much of that is lies?
Freedom from Fear
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. – Matthew 6:32 NLT
Anxiety and negativity can totally dominate our thoughts. We think and we think and we think. Our worries go round and round, and they look worse every time around. Our worries become a dark ooze, surrounding us, suffocating us.
We can get trapped in that cycle of thoughts, but there is a way out! This verse says worries dominate the thoughts of unbelievers. Now, I’m not saying knowing Jesus means that you’ll never worry again (boy, do I know that is not how it works!). BUT, knowing Jesus does mean that we no longer have to be dominated by anxiety – there is a way out.
Our heavenly Father knows our needs. That’s not limited to physical needs either. He knows our need for peace, love, and comfort. If He knows all our needs, He most certainly has a way to provide for them.
So, you’re trapped in anxiety. You need peace. God has peace! But how do you get from point A to B?
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. – John 8:31-36 NLT
When Gary was full of anxiety and fear, he came to an utter breaking point. It was pointless for him to continue pretending – he was just honest about where he was at. He said, out loud, that he was afraid.
And just like that, the ooze disappeared.
I don’t think it’s always quite that easy for our anxiety to disappear. If all I had to say was, “I’m afraid!” I would be struggling with fear a lot less! But I think Gary’s honest confession and what Bolo tells him after, is a real key to overcoming our anxiety.
“All progress begins with the truth.”
Because of sin, we live in a broken world. Fear and anxiety is a result of our sinful, broken world. So if Jesus can set us free from sin, he can absolutely set us free from anxiety.
So much of our anxiety is rooted in LIES. When we speak out the truth over them, that’s when we start to make our way out.
So what is truth?
Firstly, Jesus. (John 14:6)
Sometimes I’m so lost in fear all I can pray is “Jesus”. And God still hears and answers that prayer! And just the act of saying his name is enough to bring a measure of peace.
Once you get that foundation of truth set, you can move onto more specifics.
Who does God say He is?
Who does He say you are?
What does He say about your situation?
“All progress begins with the truth.” Speaking truth will start you on the path out of your anxiety.
What truth can you speak over yourself today?