Summary: Jesus teaching on anxiety.
ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING or NOTHING BUT ANXIOUS
The words anxious and anxiety aren’t found in the Greek. Usually we find the word worry. The concept of anxiety is found throughout the New Testament. The concept is to take thought or be preoccupied.
Jesus deals with three common worries in our scripture.
What shall we eat?
What shall we drink?
What shall we wear?
Jesus response is “Don’t give it a second thought.” YET WE DO!
THREE MAJOR CAUSES OF ANXIETY
1. FOCUS ON OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
2. FOCUS ON OUR FAILURES.
3. FOCUS ON OUR UNRESOLVED ISSUES.
SIGNS OF ANXIETY
Proverbs 12:25. Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression.” N.I.V. “Worry weighs us down:” The Message. “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop.”
Anxiety pulls us down. The symptoms associated with anxiety vary from person to person. They usually include:
Inability to cope with small problems.
Unable to concentrate.
These symptoms can lead to the following consequences:
A loss of excitement and enthusiasm.
A loss of productivity, creativity, and energy.
A loss of physical health.
GODS ANSWER FOR ANXIETY
1. CONFESS OUR LACK OF TRUST IN GOD.
2. CALL OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER.
3. CAST ALL OUR ANXIETIES UPON GOD.
4. CAPTIVATE OUR THINKING.
2 Cor 10:5.