Summary: Overcoming Anxiety in our Christian Life
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9-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.
Introduction: Anxiety interferes with sleep, disrupts concentration, and hinders productivity. But children of God don't have to allow this destructive emotion to control their lives. Even when believers live through painful circumstances, they can experience peace beyond human comprehension.
What is the nature of anxiety? This emotion can be defined as an overwhelming sense of tension that fragments our thoughts and divides our minds.
The Bible teaches us how to avoid letting worry take over our lives.
"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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
Why is it so important that we learn to deal with anxiety?
Worry disrupts our thoughts, so we can't think clearly or make wise decisions. Our productivity decreases because fretfulness wastes time and energy. Relationships with our spouses, families, coworkers, and friends suffer. Anxiety contributes to a host of health problems. It indicates a lack of trust in God and hampers our relationship with Him
Matthew 6:31-34- “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
How can you and I overcome anxiety?
By praying right: Christians should pray in all circumstances and situations.
Philippians 4:6- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Instead of focusing exclusively on a list of requests, we should seek to praise and worship the Lord. God already knows our needs, and He has the power to supply them. Believers ought to pray specifically, especially when interceding for others.
Christians should cry out to the Lord in supplication (Philippians 4:6). This word indicates a passionate outpouring of the heart.