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  • Anxiety: Stress & Worry

  • Anxiety: Stress & WorryWhat Is Anxiety?

    What Causes Anxiety?

    Dangers Of Anxiety

    Overcoming The Problem

  • What is Anxiety?Distress about future, either near or distant, uncertaintiesIt is characterized by mental agitation and uneasinessIt may be mild or severeTears at the soul, keeps us up at night, consumes our thoughts, causes stress.A direct attack from Satan. (1 Pet. 5:6-8)Paralyzes Christians from being effectiveDraws them to sins to distract them from their work

  • What is Anxiety?

  • What Causes Anxiety?Anxiety is caused by real or imagined threats to our well being.

    We feel vulnerable and inadequately protected against these threats

    Threats such as social rejection, physical injury or disease, poverty, death, and a wide range of other threats

  • What Causes Anxiety?Anxiety has three main elements:Insecurity: Something bad is going to happen to me.Helplessness: There is nothing I can do.Isolation: There is no one to help me.These causes may operate individually or in various combinationsEmotionally, they cause just as much anxiety if they are imagined as if they were real

  • Dangers of Anxiety (Matt. 6:24-34)Directly opposes God's commands v. 25, 31, 34; Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:7Demotes human worth - v. 26Futile - v. 27, 32; Mk. 16:3-4Causes people to rely on themselves v. 30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8Heathenistic - v.32Deters from Christian duty - Eph. 5:15-16Impairs health - 1 Cor. 6:20Creates lack of trust Jas. 1:5,6; Mk. 11:24Chokes the Word in Christian's life - Luke 8:14Robs Christian of joy, peace, and happiness Phil. 4:4, 1 Thes. 5:17; Prov. 17:22

  • Overcoming AnxietyTrust In GodThe best remedy is to deal with the problem's causes, not just its symptomsWhat is the truth about insecurity, helplessness, and isolation with regard to the Christian?While the Christian may feel insecure, the reality is that he is very secure - Pro. 3:21-26; Heb. 4:16While the Christian may feel helpless, the reality is that he has great help Rom. 8:31; Psa. 27:5While the Christian may feel isolated, the reality is that God is always at his side Psa. 23:4; Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5,6

  • Overcoming AnxietyTrust In GodThe remedy for anxiety is complete trust and confidence in God's ability to deal with anything that threatens us Jn. 14:1; Phil. 4:13; Deut. 31:7,8; Rom. 8:31The more we learn about God, the more we know His infinite power and His concern for us - 1 Pet. 5:6,7The avenue of prayer is open to the Christian to request God's help- 1 Jn. 5:14God has promised peace of mind to those who are willing to commit their anxieties to Him Jn. 16:33; Phil. 4:6,7; 1 Pet. 4:19

  • Overcoming AnxietyTrust In GodThis term appears on our coinage, but has lost its meaningIf we fully trust in God, we shall have peace. Acts 27:25; Isa. 26:3

  • Overcoming AnxietyRead The BibleCommitting ourselves to God's safekeeping requires that we grow in our knowledge of God and love for HimThus, the most important thing we can do is study the Scriptures, pray, and meditate on God's promises to His faithful people Rom. 15:4

  • Overcoming AnxietyBe RealisticPeace of mind does not depend on solving all the problems, righting all the wrongs, removing all the imperfections, or getting all we want - Eccl. 8:16-17Some things will not change and we need to be realistic enough to accept thatThere are problems that have no solutionsThere are situations that must simply be lived throughThe art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook - William JamesPro. 19:11

  • Overcoming AnxietyBe RealisticRealistic knowledge of our own limitations ought to cause us to relax and slow downBesides the noble art of getting things done is the noble art of leaving things undoneThe wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials -- GladstoneWe must learn to let go of some problems and allow the Lord to be in charge of them 1 Pet 5:7; Pro. 3:5,6

  • Overcoming AnxietySet Our Minds To Overcome WorryLittle girl explaining why she is happy today and not the other day: Today I pushed my thoughts around, and the other day I let my thoughts push me aroundAbraham Lincoln: I have been as happy as I have made up my mind to be.2 Cor. 10:5 - take every thought captive

  • Overcoming AnxietyBe FlexibleChange is inevitable; we have got to be resilient, adaptable, adjustable - Phil. 4:11-12Under stress, if we can't bend, we will surely breakOur faith must be in Him who changes notThere are some changes we ought to resist without compromise; wisdom can tell us when to change and when to hold our ground

  • Overcoming AnxietyFocus On The Good Cares, Minimize The Unnecessary OnesIn the Bible, cares can be either good or badGood - 1 Cor. 12:25; 2 Cor. 11:28; Phil. 2:20Bad Matt. 13:22; Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:7We tend to become distracted by many relatively unimportant cares, and don't care enough about the things we ought to - Matt. 13:22When the mind is distracted by many pursuits, it derives but little benefit from any of themReally only one thing is necessary Luke 10:41,42; Matt. 6:33,34

  • Overcoming AnxietyLearn To Live One Day At A TimeProper use of today diminishes anxiety about tomorrow - Matt. 6:34Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its worries and sorrows; it only empties today of its strengthsWorry is the interest paid on trouble before it falls dueMany, if not most, of our fears will turn out to be unfoundedWinston Churchill said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happenedIn headaches and in worry vaguely life leaks away, and time will have his fancy tomorrow or today -- W. H. Auden

  • Overcoming AnxietyStay BusyAnxiety and idleness often go hand-in-handDespair is a form of lazinessBlessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime, and too sleepy to worry at night

  • Overcoming AnxietyStay BusyMuch good can be accomplished, even in adverse circumstances, if we will quit concentrating on what cannot be done and do what CAN be doneDon't waste time in doubts and fears; spend yourself in the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it -- Ralph Waldo EmersonOur great business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. -- Thomas Carlyle

  • Overcoming AnxietyStay BusyThere is no tranquilizer as effective as the knowledge that we have done our best and there is no pillow as soft as a good conscience

  • Overcoming AnxietyLearn ContentmentA lesson Paul had learned Phil. 4:11-13We need to be able to rejoice in the Lord, which we can do if we continually count our blessings Phil. 4:4,6The Christian ought to be able to see the silver lining in the darkest cloud

  • Overcoming AnxietyLearn ContentmentThe discontented Christian may lose his soul because of it - 1 Tim. 6:6-8; Heb. 13:5,6Anxiety often comes from having too much, rather than too little Eccl. 5:12Our wealth depends not so much on what we have, as what we can do without

    When a problem produces anxiety within us, the very best thing we can do than bathe the problem in two things: reverence and gratitude

  • ConclusionThe Christian is given the means to deal with anxiety...Peace that comes through prayer - Phil. 4:6-7Reassuring confidence from trusting in God Psa. 23:1-6

  • ConclusionWhenever the feelings of insecurity, helplessness, and isolation produce anxiety... Trust in GodRead The BibleBe RealisticSet Our Minds To Overcome WorryBe FlexibleFocus On The Good Cares, Minimize The Unnecessary OnesLearn To Live One Day At A TimeStay BusyLearn Contentment

  • ConclusionIf you havent been baptized, you dont have that first step to overcome anxiety (Trust in God). To obtain that, you must:Hear the word of the gospel - Rom. 10:17; Acts 18:8Believe the gospel - Acts 18:8; 1 Cor. 1:2Repent of your sins - Acts 2:38, 47Confess Christ - Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:10Be baptized - Acts 2:38; 1 Pet. 3:21If you have been but have sinned:Repent - Acts 8:22Confess Jas. 5:16Pray - Acts 8:22; Jas. 5:16

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