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Summary: Five Ways to Combat Fear

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FIVE WAYS TO COMBAT FEAR, WORRY, STRESS

PH 4 VS 4-9

Philippians 4:4-9 (NKJV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.

9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

**DR DAVID JEREMIAH’S DEVOTION THE OTHER DAY INCLUDED RESEARCH ABOUT THE MOST POPULAR BIBLE VERSES- ACCORDING TO AMAZON, THE MOST POPULAR BIBLE VERSES THAT FOLKS ARE LOOKING UP IN OUR ELECTRONIC AGE IS PH 4:4-6. AS I WAS WONDERING ABOUT THIS I ASKED SANDRA WHAT WOULD SHE THINK WOULD BE THE MOST POPULAR, AND SHE NAILED IT AND HER EXPLANATION BLEW ME AWAY- SHE SAID PEOPLE WOULD BE RESEARCHING IT BECAUSE OF “FEAR.” OR BEING AFRAID, UNCERTAIN, WORRIED, STRESSED!!—AS A SIDE NOTE, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE JOHN 3:16.- THIS BEGAN MY STUDY, WHICH ENDED UP IN THIS SERMON!

**WE ALL EXPERIENCE THESE HUMAN EMOTIONS FROM TIME TO TIME- GOD PLACED THEM IN OUR BRAIN/BODY TO CAUSE US TO “RUN TO HIM” WHEN PROBLEMS LARGER THAN WE ARE COME OUR WAY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE IN A LARGE PART, FROM RUNNING TO HIM, EITHER JUST RUN AWAY FROM HIM, BLAME HIM OR TRY TO COVER THESE UP WITH THE “WRONG THING” SUCH AS MANY THINGS IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY- SEX, DRUGS, ALCOHOL, MEDICATION, OTHER DIFFERENT ABUSES AND HABITS. GOD DOES HAVE A PLAN FOR US WHEN WE EXPERIENCE THESE EMOTIONS AND I WANT TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS:

1. WHEN PROBLEMS, WORRY, STRESS, FEAR COME OUR WAY THE BIBLE SAYS TO REJOICE:

Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

*PETER SHARES WITH US THE “BIG PICTURE”

1 Peter 1:3-10 (NKJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9 receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.


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