- Have you ever been in a situation where someone had to tell you it was going to be okay?
- Did you know that America is in the midst of an anxiety epidemic? What do you think are the top three causes of anxiety in America? (Health, Safety, & Finances)
The great news is that the Bible has a lot to say about anxiety and it provides us with practical ways to combat anxiety. Did you know that the most highlighted scripture in the Bible, according to Amazon / Kindle, is actually Philippians 4:6-7?!
Read the passages below aloud with confidence!
- Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Pastor Todd taught us this weekend that Paul gives us the antidote to anxiety in Philippians 4:6-7. Antidote means a remedy or treatment to counteract the effects of poison. The Bible gives us 3 specific weapons we can use to treat the effects of anxiety! Remember, “Peace isn’t something God has, it’s who he is! It is not in a feeling, but in a person – Jesus Christ.
- Matthew 6:27 – “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Here are the 3 weapons that we have to use to combat anxiety. Worry is a great robber, don’t let worry rob you of all that God has for you. Anxiety wins when you are silent.
- Prayer – “Prayer needs to be your first response – not your last resort.”
- Do you find it hard to pray?
- Do you struggle with finding the right words to say?
- Your prayers don’t have to be a formal speech, call out to God like a child calls out to their parent. God loves this exchange of communication with His children, just as we love the exchange we have with our children / parents.
- How have you seen the power of putting prayer first in your life?
- Supplication – Defined as “The action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.”
- Supplication is calling or crying out to God. It is a desperate, longing, crying out to God type of prayer.
- How much of our worrying weighs us down, that isn’t even ours to carry?
- When was the last time you prayed a prayer of supplication?
- Prayer and supplication will carry you right into the presence God. Make this a habit!
- Thanksgiving – start counting your blessings, name them one by one!
- The posture of thanksgiving changes your perspective, it brings your entire life into perspective. Thanksgiving is the #1 weapon against worrying!
- If you focus on what is wrong, you will never be able to see what is right.
- How can you change the channel and make this a habit?
- Recount and rehearse the power and provision of God!
- Share a story of the last time He provided for you.
When you make prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving a habit – God will give you peace in the person of Jesus Christ, who will be with you everywhere you go. He will guard you and give you protection from the enemy, who is here to rob, kill, and destroy you.
Don’t fight a spiritual battle with earthly weapons.
How to Fight Anxiety & Worry
- Humble yourself. Practice taking yourself out of the center of the issue. Shift the focus of your problems onto God. Get yourself out of the way, so much of our anxiety is because we feel we have to deal with it.
- Read – 1 Peter 5:6-7
- When worry and anxiety comes up this week, ask God for His help. He wants to take care of it for you!
- Open your mouth – turn to God. As soon as the thought comes in, take the thought, and turn it to God. Every time anxiety builds up, turn the thought into a prayer. When you take your worry and turn it into a prayer, God will give you his peace.
- Share your problems – turn to godly friends.
- Who are the people you are turning to in the midst of your problems?
If you aren’t around godly friends, join a group today!
- Sometimes we need some godly friends to help us get to where we need to go.
- Challenge – Grab coffee, pray, talk, and speak life over your worries with your friends this week!
- Take the time now to pray over your family, friends, and group.
- Don’t forget to lift up any worry or anxiety with prayers of supplication and thanksgiving.