Jennie Allen: Anxiety, toxic thinking keeping you down? Here's how to fight the spiral

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Science tells us that our minds have between 9,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day. Seventy percent of those thoughts are negative and 85 percent are repetitive from the previous day.

Clearly, we have a problem. Our minds are spiraling over and over again in toxic thought patterns of fear, worry, shame and cynicism. You name it. But I believe we can shift that. In fact, science tells us we can and it aligns with what the Bible teaches on taking every thought captive.

Take, for example, the woman who once stood before me who was reeling with anxiety. Her teenage daughter was making some seriously poor decisions in life, and this mama’s heart was breaking into a thousand pieces. With tears in her eyes, she looked at me and asked, “Jennie, what do I do?”

What do I do?

I’ve heard countless women ask this question, women facing all sorts of challenges — cheating husbands and debilitating addictions and failed financial ventures and wayward kids and devastating diagnoses and ... and ... and ...

Each time, after they explain what has been trying their patience and tempting their hearts and tripping them up, they ask that same question: “What do I do?”

What they’re wondering is what they should do to fix the situation. Or to fix their perspective. Or to keep pain and suffering at bay.

Let me tell you the greatest news: You are not God. You are not omniscient.

Or if none of those things is a possibility, they want me to tell them how in the world they keep moving forward without giving in to despera­tion and despair.

What do we do? We confront our thoughts. We tear down strong­holds by the power of God. We figure out if we are believing something untrue or unreal about God or ourselves and we go to battle there.

Psst. Let me tell you the greatest news: You are not God. You are not omniscient.

When we allow our thoughts to spin out of control with worry and fear, either consciously or unconsciously, we try to elbow our way into the all-knowing role that only God can play. We forget that it’s actually good news that He is in control and we are not. You and I may have many gifts and talents, but being God is not one of them.

Now, this is easier preached and harder lived, but that’s why we are going to stick together and steep in God’s Word. Change is difficult and may come slowly. After all, our fears arise from ingrained thoughts and entangled sins. But because we have been made new creations, we have the Spirit’s power to make the choice for truth.

Changing our minds is possible.

When you recognize the lie resting heavily on your shoulders, you can take off that suffocating coat and set it aside.

What fear-filled thought is Satan using to suffocate your faith?

Name it.

Say its name.

I’m afraid that I won’t be able to withstand whatever the future might hold.

I choose to believe God will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can endure and will always give me the strength to overcome temptation.

I’m afraid that everyone will abandon me.

I choose to believe God has promised not to leave me, and He always keeps His promises.

I’m afraid of losing everything and everyone I love.

I choose to believe God will sustain me in my bright­est moments of victory and my darkest moments of suffering.

I’m afraid of being found out.

I choose to believe God knows every thought before I think it and loves me.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER

I’m afraid that I’m really not capable of doing this job.

I choose to believe God has given me everything I need to live a godly life.

I’m afraid of being rejected.

I choose to believe God has accepted me as His child and will never leave me.

More from Opinion

I’m afraid of not living up to their expectations.

I choose to believe God wants me to seek His approval only and release the pressure to please people.

I’m afraid of failing miserably for everyone to see.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

I choose to believe God specializes in taking weakness and using it for His glory.

This is how we fight the spiral. We pull the thoughts out of our heads, and we steal all their power and then replace them with what is true!

This column is adapted from the author's latest book, "Get Out of Your Head."