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Be Anxious For Nothing
12/19/2018

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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

I find there are very few feelings one can experience worse than anxiety.  The feeling of the heart racing, the feeling of the loss of control, and/or the inability to have what it takes to handle a particular situation.  It can happen in relationships, business transactions, and financial issues, or just about anywhere we come to the end of our resources and abilities, and where we find ourselves faced with a sense of desperation or loss.

Anxiety can tend to kick in a fight or flight mode within our bodies. This fight or flight response is our bodies natural ability to identify and prepare for a perceived threat or attack. This fight or flight mode will, be triggered by excessive stress, caused by our circumstances and our worrying. 

A sequence of nerve cells fire off in our brain, and chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream.  The next thing we experience is our body changing as our respiratory rate goes up, and blood is shunted away from certain body functions and is redistributed to our muscles to prepare them for either a fight or our flight from what threatens us.  

We are now prepared physically and psychologically for any potential attack, even if it doesn’t really exist.  We go on active alert looking for an enemy to engage with. Our rational ability to look at things switches off, and our logic and reasoning is no longer our primary weapon.  We can tend to overreact to things we might normally take in stride as our thinking becomes unclear.  Simple comments from others can become trigger mechanisms to aggressive responses or fear, as we look at everything as a potential threat of danger.  Henceforth, one of the many reasons why people tend to fight with their spouse, friends, or colleagues, while some will just plain choose to abandon the relationship.  As our body system continues to react to our outward environment and these perceived threats, we can begin to break down mentally, physically, and spiritually. 

The way I see it, anxiety is something God gave to us as a warning system. God has told us to be anxious for nothing, so when we feel anxiety, we should stop immediately and seek the Lord for His will for the situation, and then determine to trust in Him.  I have found as I go to the Lord in prayer when I am anxious, I am reassured of His promises within His word — promises to protect, provide and to guide me.  I remember just how big our God is, and suddenly I begin to realize I don’t have to possess all the answers — I just have to be obedient to what He has asked for me to do. It may take a few hours for the cortisol to pass from my bloodstream, but a brisk walk, or bicycle ride, and a commitment to keep my mind fixed upon the Lord, and the stress always subsides. Thank You Jesus!

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 4:6, what are we to be anxious about?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord for His will, commit to abiding in it, and then trust Him completely for every situation you face?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord whenever you find yourself anxious.  Always be committed to doing what He has asked you to do, and determine to trust Him in everything.  As you do, you will be given a perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank Your for Your love and provision. I trust You Lord with everything; my soul, my needs, the things causing me to worry and be anxious, and ultimately with my very life.  I am sorry for the times I doubted your provision, or chose to run from my problems rather than allowing You to guide me through them. Help me to remember my part when I experience anxious thoughts.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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