Summary: Jesus has the solution for anxiety

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The Solution for an Anxious Heart

Philippians 4:6-7

County Home Service – October 14, 2001

A widow who had successfully raised a very large family was interviewed by a reporter, she had raised six of her own children and adopted 12 others, she always maintained stability and confidence, the reporter asked what her secret was, the woman said that she was in a partnership, she replied - “Many years ago I said, ‘Lord, I’ll do the works and you do the worrying.’ And I haven’t had an anxious care since.”

The Solution for Anxiety

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

A. The replacement of anxiety

1. We are to be anxious for nothing

a.) There was reason to be anxious

The church was facing: severe persecution, disunity within the church, carnality of some members, false teachers and some members who were struggling to survive

b.) God will enable every believer

God fills us with His peace because He overcomes the trials of life. We are called to be concerned, not anxious. Concern moves us to act with courage. Concern moves us to conquer problems and difficulties in life

2. The remedy for anxiety – Prayer

a.) We are to walk with God

b.) We are to pray about everything

1.) Hold nothing back

No matter how small or insignificant the need may seem, God wants to handle it for you. God is interested in the details of your life.

2.) Prayer enables us to have peace

Years ago a military officer and his wife were aboard a ship that was caught in a raging ocean storm. Seeing the frantic look in her eyes, the man tried unsuccessfully to allay her fears. Suddenly she grasped his sleeve and cried, "How can you be so calm?" He stepped back a few feet and drew his sword. Pointing it at her heart, he said, "Are you afraid of this?" Without hesitation she answered, "Of course not!" "Why not?" he inquired. "Because it’s in your hand, and you love me too much to hurt me." To this he replied, "I know the One who holds the winds and the waters in the hollow of His hand, and He will surely care for us!"

B. The peace of God

1. Peace that is beyond understanding

a.) The Meaning of Peace

1.) Dictionary Definitions

The absence of war

An agreement or treaty to end hostilities

Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmony

Serenity: peace of mind

2. The Greek understanding

The Greek word for peace literally means to bind together or to weave together. It means that one person is joined together with another or more importantly joined with God

3. The Hebrew Understanding

The word used for peace in Hebrew is shalom. This term has deep meaning and coveys a sense of being free from trouble, experiencing the best of life and spiritual prosperity.

Because God loves us we can know…

* God will Deliver us * God will guide us

* God will provide for us * God will strengthen us

* God will encourage us

b.) The experience of peace

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