overcoming introversion and social anxiety

Although it may be hard to believe, I can be a very inhibited person. It’s something that I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember and to be honest, I don’t like being like this. I believe it’s demonic. So as I’ve been seeking to be delivered from this bondage I want to share what I’ve learned with those of you who also feel introverted. And for those of you who don’t know, in a nutshell,  Introversion is considered in psychology a major personality trait. It’s said that people who are introverted tend to be the opposite of people who are usually outgoing (extroverts). They claim that introverts (who are also very fun, intelligent and artistic people) just savor solitude. But the truth is that we just can’t deal with the crowds because of our social phobias (let’s just keep it real).screenshot_2017-03-02-11-27-34-1

Social phobias or social anxiety is a mental illness in which typically, an introvert has an unreasonable (or excessive) amount of nervousness and fear of being criticized by other people. This is nothing more than sin (fearing man) and demonic oppression.

I  know that there are many articles written by psychologist from a carnal perspective on how to deal with this but I’m speaking in line with the scriptures and from my own personal experience. We do not need medication. We can overcome this if we would just..

1. STOP CLAIMING IT!

Stop saying (or thinking) that you’re an introvert, and stop finding comfort in all of your research. I know how relatable it all seems but don’t label yourself. Especially not with anything of this wicked world.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)

2. Pray and Seek deliverance

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Fear and timidity are not fruits of the holy Spirit. The bible assures us that God has not given us a spirit (yes spirit!) of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7). We should be maturing into the character of Christ not embracing what this world calls “personality” or mental disorders. All of these “personality traits” are demonic, like I said before this is demonic oppression. Why are you either depressed alone or tormented around others when the scriptures say be anxious for nothing?

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

And 3. Be courageous

Start pushing yourself to engage with other people. God desires unity in the body and a witness to unbelievers. Even though it still feels a little awkward at times, I’m learning not to be so self conscious. Don’t let your pride bully you around. Find confidence in the fact that no matter what people may or may not think you were created for and by God.

Seriously, pray about all of this and don’t hesitate to reach out for some encouragement.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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