Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anxiety: A form of Fear

By Pastor Taffi Dollar

There is a lot of stress and anxiety about the future but its not God's will for our lives. He desires for us to live in peace. He does not want you to worry about how you are going to pay your bills, whether your spouse is running around on you, whether you are ever going to get married, whether your children are going to tell you to "go to hell" or if you will have food to eat. All this worry and concern will make you a nervous wreck!

Matthew 6:25-34 talks about how God clothes even the lilies of the field that do not work, so we should not be perpetually uneasy, we should not think about that. Are we not better than plants and animals?
V27 uhm, by thinking about this can you add height to your stature aka whats worrying going to do but stress you? (Also in Luke 12:25)
V33 Seek FIRST (make priority) the Kingdom of God and everything else will be taken care of!

Anxiety is a negative emotion trying to move you in a certain direction away from believing God. God gave us emotions to enjoy life, not for them to control us.

Luke 12:31, 32

Seek the Kingdom of God, every "thing" else will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom!! You will see the promises fulfilled.

1 Corinthians 3:3
Paul spoke to the church saying: You still have the unspiritual nature of the flesh under the control of ordinary impulses.
We are supposed to be extraordinary people, it is not ok to live a life based in fear, anxiety or worry. Our emotions should not rule us.

Feelings are real but even more real is the Word of God! So whats the solution?

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path.

Mark 14:32-36 Take it to God in prayer and ask for God's will to be done.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
Cast down the negative thoughts and be confident in the fact that because God loves you, He will take care of you.

Do not be moved by what you see, what you feel or your circumstances.

A character that characterizes a spiritual person is the ability to maintain calm in thr face of understanding.

Ps 94:12, 13 God wants to give us rest in the days of adversity
1. Dont place a higher value on the issue than you do the Word of God
2. Recognize that feelings and negative emotions are not necessarily true, your heart can deceive you but the Word is truth.
3. Be honest with God about how we feel. Dont pretend as if it doesnt exist. (Hebrews 4)
4. Focus on the truth, not the facts. (It may be a fact that you have cancer but the truth)
5. Deal with them through prayer

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing (do not fret or be anxious) but with everything by prayer and petition, make your requests known to God.
The result....
V 7 And the peace of God that passes all understanding will be granted to you!!!

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