Summary: Paul says if all you ever pray about is what you need but you never stop and thank God for what you have you’ll always be anxious

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

November 2, 2014

The Winds and Waves of life

***All Sermons are in condensed form****

Read…Phil. 4/Paul showing us how to be brave.

• Share a story/Bible/series being brave…..

• Learn best thru stories/Experiential learner

• Excited/potential for your life over next weeks

Thought you weren’t a courageous person but just didn’t know how/access/courage God planted inside of you.

• 2 Tim 1:7….

If you are a child of God it’s not right for you to feel intimidated by every bad report you hear………………

• Phil anxious for nothing/how you doing with that?

One/reasons were so anxious about what’s coming because were not thankful enough for what we already have.

• But in everything………

Paul says if all you ever pray about is what you need but you never stop and thank God for what you have you’ll always be anxious

• With thanksgiving….peace of God…….that’s what I want!....

• A peace the economy can’t take away……

• How many of you want v. 7 first have to have v. 6

• Be anxious for nothing. Tell someone.


All of God’s children have some irrational anxiety Paul says.

• He wants/correct that in Phil. 4

• He says/some things you’re afraid/make no sense from heaven’s perspective

• Things causing you to shut down/paralyzing you

• senseless when you put it/context who God is in you

• He says I want you/train your heart/be anxious for nothing.

Come on get real Paul/preacher talk/watch CNN/world news…

• Paul says I’m prison bro/writing/after they beat/flogged me

• If your following after God’s purpose/got no reason anxious

• Anxious for nothing…..repeat.


Greek word….anxious…Merimnate 17 times…..marinate…

• If/marinate/wrong thoughts/going/filled with fear…

• Merim(knot)te you get so knotted up with anxiety….

• Paul says do not be Merimate for anything….

• Don’t get tied up in knots about stuff.

But your saying, don’t we need to worry about some things concerned about some things. Yes, be concerned, no don’t worry

• That’s what Paul is saying/same word Merimate

• uses Phil. 2 Philippians letter to particular church

• Phil. 2 sent/ministry assoc. Timothy check/church/he can’t

• He describes timothy Phil 2:20…Genuine concern/Merimnate

Situations you deal with determines whether or not it is a genuine concern or a needless anxiety. Come on church

• Learn/discern/between a genuine concern/needless anxiety

• sometimes you can interpret/same event/both of those ways

• turn/genuine concern into/needless anxiety/way you approach it/Cause it’s the same word


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