To overcome fear and anxiety we need to begin where you always need to begin; the beginning. Genesis 1:1-31 tells the story of creation by the word of God, the phrase “And God said” as with the phrase “And there was” repeats itself throughout the chapter. We quickly deduct that when God speaks His word creates. We also read in Isaiah 55:11 “So will My word be which goes out from My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

Staying in Genesis (The beginning) we also read the first words of satan to man (or to the woman for that matter) Genesis 3:1 “Did God really say?”  It has been the agenda of the enemy from the beginning to get us to question the word and love of God towards us.

So how do begin to overcome fear and anxiety and ultimately depression? We have to go back to where fear and anxiety started and we need to find out what the word of God says about fear, worry and anxiety.

Genesis 3 tells the story of the fall of man. This event is the true source of all fear, the Genesis of the fear of the judgment of God, the fear of death, the fear of sickness and disease; the fear of terror, of poverty and lack. This is where depression, guilt and shame began. It is also at this moment where the enemy begins to take on the role of the accuser.

Genesis 3:8-11 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool {afternoon breeze} of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence of Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘where are you?’ He said ‘I heard the sound of you walking in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself. God said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten fruit from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

When Adam fell there was a separation between man and God. Sin and death, fear and worry, suffering and pain, sickness, disease and pestilence all entered the world through the curse (Gen 3:16-19). Peace and wholeness was replaced by worry and anxiety.

Psalm 16:11 says “You make known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

 When Adam and Eve fell they were separated from the presence of and intimacy with God and thus they were separated from life, from true joy and eternal pleasures. This is why we see so many people seeking the path to ‘enlightenment’ or life and peace in false doctrines or religions. Others will try to find joy in substances or sensual pleasures but as we have read, the word of God is clear, eternal pleasure, life, joy and peace is only found in the presence of God. Any other human effort to attain peace, joy, true life and true pleasure will eventually leave you unfulfilled, still seeking, still afraid and still anxious. This is why substance abuse in seeking the next high; perversion in seeking a greater sensual pleasure or occult and cult activities in seeking true life and authority is so rampant. The explanation for all of this is also found in the book of Genesis as we learn that man was created in the image of God and to have communion with God and to rule. Outside of a relationship with the True God we will never be satisfied, we will never feel safe, we will never have true peace.

Genesis 1:26 AMP

“Then God said, ‘Let us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in our image, according to our likeness and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle and the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.’”

So now that we know where and why fear and anxiety began but where do we find the solution? Or are we doomed to eternal torment?

The first time we learn that there is hope, that there is a solution and that there is a way back into the presence of the True God it is also recorded in the book of Genesis:

Genesis 3:14-15

“The Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all the cattle, and more than any animal of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. And I will put enmity (open hostility) between you and the woman. And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall fatally bruise your head, and you shall only bruise His heal.”

Here we find the first promise of redemption (fatally bruise your head). The promise of a messiah, a savior, the Christ. Also notice that the word refers to the woman’s Seed and not the man’s seed making this the first mention of the virgin birth of Jesus the son of God, where this Word became flesh and dwelled among us. It also is the first mention of the suffering of Christ (bruise His heal).

John 1:1

“In the beginning before all time was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”

 

John 1:14

“And the word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we (actually) saw His glory, glory as belongs to the one and only begotten son of the father, the son who is truly unique, the only one of His kind, who is full of grace and truth absolutely free of deception”