Monday, April 23, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 4

What is something that causes you anxiety? Where do you turn for help?

A big factor for me is doctor appointments. I get anxious at the thought of just having to make an appointment.

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we hurry up so we can arrive early. However, nine times out of ten, things are behind at the doctor's office, so we have to wait.

The Issue At Hand 

Then, finally, I get called back only to be made to feel that I am on a very limited timeline. I try to express what is going on with me that is causing me concern and end up feeling like nobody is listening. I would get more attention from the brick wall.

Before I am ready, the appointment is over. I am being walked out and most of my concerns have not been explained in a way that helps me to feel any better.

It is so easy, with anxiety, to focus on the issue at hand. Instead, we need to look to the One who is in control.

Let's read over Philippians 4:4-7, pray over it and hold it close.

Philippians 4:4-7 ESV 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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.

Here are the same verses in the NLT translation:

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 Steps To Fighting Anxiety 

1. Be joyful in the Lord. Rejoice in Him.
2. Be considerate, reasonable, gentle to others.
3. The Lord is coming soon.
4. Do not be anxious or worry about anything.
5. Pray about everything.
6. Tell God what you need.
7. Thank Him for all that He has done.
8. God's peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Let's Pray:

Dear Father, thank You for always being there. Please help me to remember to focus on You, rejoice in You and not to focus on the upcoming event that causes me distress. Help me to remember that You are the One that is in control and that by focusing on the situation at hand can in turn cause me distress. Help me, instead to cling all the more to You. Father, yes, I worry and become anxious over things. Please forgive me. Thank You for always being with me and helping me through stressful times. Please fill me with Your peace that transcends understanding. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 Facing Anxiety With Scripture

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 2

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 3

What is something that causes you anxiety?
Is there an upcoming event that is causing you distress?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

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