WORRY

                                                    &

                                              ANXIETY

"Be careful (anxious) for nothing;

but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known unto God."

(Philippians 4:6)


"Casting all your care (anxieties) upon Him; for He careth for you."

(1 Peter 5:7)


There is a solution for worry and anxiety!

Most times, we worry about things that never happen. Worry pulls tomorrow's problems over today's happiness. Worry takes away today's joy by worrying about tomorrow. In reality, worry is a lack of faith or faith in the negative. Worry is a mental problem that drives us in a superficial and fantasy world. We worry about the unknown future which is not appropriate for a wise person. Leo Aikman said, "Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime, and too sleepy to worry at night." People who worry too much and cannot sleep at night, should follow the advice of Mary C. Crowley: "Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He is going to be up all night anyway."


If a believer has problems with worry and anxiety that does not come from medications or medical problems, it is because he does not trust the promises of God. There is a possibility he does not know the scriptures. He may also be confused by taking the scriptures about promises and commands out of their proper context. The Bible is like a puzzle that has many pieces of different shapes and colors. We are not confused when we know the Bible as one piece, one picture, or as a complete puzzle. When we take parts of the Bible like verses, chapters, or books of the Bible alone or out of context, there is confusion. Let us check a few passages from the Bible that talk about worry. We need to pay close attention to these passages, so we do not miss the solution the Bible provides


FIRST: Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount said, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought [anxious] for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on..." (Matthew 6:25). If we have a problem with applying this principle, we must look at the first word, "therefore." This word points us to the previous verse which reveals the root of our problem: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24). In other words, it tells us to trust the Lord for our needs. We should also serve His interests and His kingdom, instead of following the material and worldly things which increase our worry and anxiety.


SECOND: The apostle Paul tells us, "Be careful [anxious] for nothing but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6,7). These verses tell us we should not be anxious. Instead, we should have peace in our hearts and minds which is achieved through prayer and by meditating on everything mentioned in the following verse, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).


THIRD: We know that the apostle Peter was fine walking on water until his attention was drawn away from Jesus to the storm. He became afraid and started to sink. The same apostle tells us, "Casting all your care [anxieties] upon Him; for He careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). However, the complete instructions begin in the previous verse: "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time" (1 Peter 5:6). In other words, he tells us if everything does not go as planned in our life, we do not have to react with worry. Instead, we should act with humility and trust God who will exalt us in His time.


We also have to put into practice what Jesus and the apostle Paul said, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:24-27). "We henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind ..." (Ephesians 4:14).


The answer to worry and anxiety is to firmly anchor your faith in the rock of God and His promises. Anxiety keeps you on the sandy shores full of worry, fear, and doubt. When the storms of life hit, you start to panic. Jesus calls this foolishness. Do not allow worry and anxiety to retain control of you. When you begin to surrender and trust God and His promises, the worries and anxieties decrease and finally disappeared. Worry and anxiety about the future can steal your joy, as well as your peace. God promises to be with you and provide you with the strength to face any problem. Trust in the Lord and show fear the way out. "Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered, and no one was there."— English proverb


                                                                                                                                                                             by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.

                                                                                                             

                                                                                                 ALL YOUR ANXIETY (Hymn)


                                                                                                                         1. Is there a heart o'er bound by sorrow?

                                                                                                                         Is there a life weighed down by care?

                                                                                                                         Come to the cross, each burden bearing;

                                                                                                                         All your anxiety—leave it there.


                                                                                                                        Refrain:

                                                                                                                        All your anxiety, all your care,

                                                                                                                        Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,

                                                                                                                        Never a burden He cannot bear,

                                                                                                                        Never a friend like Jesus!


                                                                                                                        2. No other friend so swift to help you,

                                                                                                                        No other friend so quick to hear,

                                                                                                                        No other place to leave your burden,

                                                                                                                        No other one to hear your prayer.


                                                                                                                       3. Come then at once; delay no longer!

                                                                                                                       Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,

                                                                                                                       You need not fear a disappointment;

                                                                                                                       You shall find peace at the mercy seat.


                                                                                                                       — Hymn by Edward H. Joy, 1920



BIBLE VE​RSES


"Be careful (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)


"Therefore I say to you, do not worry (anxious) about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on..." (Matthew 6:25)


"Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, Casting all your care (anxieties) upon Him; for He cares for you" …" (1 Peter 5:6,7)


"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me...And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:13, 19)


"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)


"Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?...Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:27, 34)


"You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3)


"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)


"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)


"The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1)


"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You." (Psalm 56:3)


"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)


"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15)


"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)


"Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalm 55:22)


"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4)


"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)


"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'" (Isaiah 41:13)


"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)


"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)



QUOTES


"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety." — Evangelist, George Mueller


"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith." — Clergyman, Henry Ward Beecher


"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." — Author, Corrie ten Boom


"Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one." "The mind cannot at the same time be full of God and full of fear."

— Quotes by Pastor and Author, Max Lucado


"Let us give up our work, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into [God's] hand; and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to be troubled about." — Missionary, Hudson Taylor


"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." — One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin


"Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us." — Evangelist, Billy Graham


"Anxiety never strengthens you for tomorrow: it only weakens you for today." — Author, Evangelist and Christian Apologist, John Blanchard


"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."

— Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill


"Sometimes we find ourselves saying that we are happy under the circumstances, but as Christians, we have no right to be under our circumstances. We should be on top of them reigning over them with Christ." — Minister and Author, Herbert Lockyer


"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy." — Author and Motivational Speaker, Leo F. Buscaglia


"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow." — Swedish Proverb

"That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent." — Chinese Proverb


"It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down." — Author, Poet and Christian Minister, George MacDonald


"How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened." — President, Thomas Jefferson


"There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem." — Scientist, Harold Stephen




He Chose Wednesday's to Worry


J. Arthur Rank, an English executive, decided to do all his worrying on one day each week. He chose Wednesdays. When anything happened that gave him anxiety and annoyed his ulcer, he would write it down and put it in his worry box and forget about it until next Wednesday.


The interesting thing was that on the following Wednesday when he opened his worry box, he found that most of the things that had disturbed him the past six days were already settled. It would have been useless to have worried about them.



Worry Is Faith in the Negative


Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat...

worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles.

A dense fog that covers a seven-city-block area one hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water

divided into sixty thousand million drops. Not much is there, but it can cripple an entire city.— Source unknown




What Does Worry Do?


It does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow,

but it does empty today of its strength.

It does not make you escape the evil;

it makes you unfit to cope with it when it comes.

God gives us the power to bear all the sorrow of His making,

but He does not guarantee to give us strength

to bear the burdens of our own making such as worry induces. —Ian Maclaren




Worry Is Fear’s Extravagance


Worry is fear’s extravagance. It extracts interest on trouble before it comes due. It constantly drains the energy God gives us to face daily problems and to fulfill our many responsibilities. It is therefore a sinful waste. A woman who had lived long enough to have learned some important truths about life remarked, “I’ve had a lot of trouble—most of which never happened!” She had worried about many things that had never occurred, and had come to see the total futility of her anxieties.


An unknown poet has written:


“I heard a voice at evening softly say,

Bear not your yesterdays into tomorrow,

Nor load this week with last week’s load of sorrow.

Lift all your burdens as they come, nor try

To weigh the present with the by-and-by.

One step and then another, take your way;/ Live day by day!” — Our Daily Bread




Fret Not, Faint Not, Fear Not


Fret not—He loves you (John 13:1)

Faint not—He holds you (Psalm 139:10)

Fear not—He keeps you (Psalm 121:5)




Don't Worry, But


Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Count on God instead of yourself.

— Author unknown




Fashioned for Faith, not Fear


I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is.

I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil.

I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety.

In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath—these are not my native air.

But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely—these are my native air.


A John Hopkins University doctor says,

"We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact."

But I, who am simple of mind, think I know;

We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear.

God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.— Dr. E. Stanley Jones




Is Anxiety a Sin?


A family had put their Grandma on her first plane flight, but she hadn’t been very confident about the experience of leaving the ground on this contraption. When they met her at the airport on her return, one of the family members kidded her by asking, “Well, did the plane hold you up okay?” She grudgingly replied, “Well, yes,” and then quickly added, “But I never did put my full weight down on it!”


Many Christians are like that Grandma. The truth is, they’re being sustained completely by God, but they’re afraid to put their full weight down on Him. As a result, they’re plagued by anxiety and aren’t able to enjoy the flight.


Few of us are strangers to anxiety. It creeps in over big and little things, gnawing away at our insides. Arthur Roche graphically described anxiety as “a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”


We often feel anxious about our finances, our health, or our children. Sometimes we can’t identify any specific reason for our anxiety, but it’s there, nagging away at our insides. If we don’t learn to deal with it properly, it can cause all sorts of health problems, which in turn feed our anxiety!


In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that anxiety stems from a lack of faith and from a wrong focus on the things of this world instead of on the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:25-34). If we excuse our anxieties by saying, “Well, it’s only human,” or, “Anybody would feel anxious in this situation,” we will not overcome it because we are not confronting the root cause of it, namely, our sin of not believing God and of not seeking first His kingdom and righteousness.


To those who follow Him, Jesus promised, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). If a non-Christian sees you as a believer weighed down with anxiety and care, he isn’t going to be asking how he can have what you have! Anxiety and joy are mutually exclusive. So for the sake of our testimony of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we learn to experience the peace of God, especially in the face of trials.


There are many people who come to Christ because they are anxious and they want the peace He offers. But if they do not confront the fact that they are living to please themselves rather than God, they will simply settle into a self-centered life where they “use God” for their own peace and comfort. Jesus said, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35). The peace Christ offers is the by-product of enthroning Christ as Lord and living for His kingdom.


Christians should care deeply about people and their problems and should work hard to resolve problems. As members of the same body, we are to have mutual concern for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25). Paul mentions the concern that he bears daily for all the churches (2 Corinthians 11:28). He tells the Philippians that Timothy is genuinely concerned for their welfare (Philippians 2:20). In each of these verses, the word concern is the same as the Greek word for anxious, but clearly it is not sinful anxiety but proper concern.


But proper concern turns to sinful anxiety when we lack faith in God’s role as the Sovereign Lord and provider—when we put self at the center instead of God’s kingdom and righteousness. So the first step in dealing with anxiety is to examine whether it is due to lack of faith or to a wrong focus on self. Confess the sin to God and yield to Him. —Steven J. Cole



Not My Worry


“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22).


A man worried constantly about everything. Then one day his friends heard him whistling happily and looking noticeably relaxed. “What happened?” they asked him in astonishment.


He said, “I’m paying a man to do my worrying for me.” “How much do you pay him?” they asked. “Two thousand dollars a week,” he replied. “Wow! How can you afford that?” “I can’t,” he said, “but that’s his worry.”


While this humorous way to handle stress doesn’t work in real life, as God’s children we can turn our worries over to Someone who has everything perfectly under control even—especially—when we feel it is not.


The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God brings out the stars and calls them all by name (Isaiah 40:25-26). Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. And just as God knows the stars by name, He knows us individually and personally. We are each under His watchful care.


If we are inclined to worry, we can turn that worry over to the Lord. He is never too weary or too tired to pay attention to us. He has all wisdom and all power, and He loves to use it on our behalf. The Holy One who directs the stars has His loving arms around us. — Our Daily Bread




Pray About It


“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).


The Sin of Worry


Did you ever find yourself worrying? Do you know that Scripture calls worry a sin? When you realized that you were worrying, did you go to God and confess it as a sin? Worry is just as much a sin as adultery, or murder, or theft. Yet how often we as believers treat it lightly when we find our stomachs tied in knots because we have worried ourselves into a nervous frenzy.


The apostle Paul was just as much concerned about the sin of worry as he was about any other sin that pursues God’s children. He began his instruction on the subject with a command: “Be careful for nothing.” The word translated “be careful” has in it the idea of an anxious, distressing care. It is the kind of worry that puts a crease in our brows. It is the kind of care the makes us irritable and hard to get along with. The command is given, “Do not under any circumstance worry about anything.”


The Solution to Worry


After the apostle gives us the command, he shows us the solution. “But [instead of worry] in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Making our requests known to God is the same as committing them to the Lord or letting our burden roll off our shoulders into the hands of God. The solution to worry is trust. Faith believes God is capable of bearing what we cannot, and counts Him faithful to bear it if we give Him the opportunity.


When Paul exhorts the child of God to use prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, he is bringing several ideas together. The word translated “prayer” has to do with presenting our desires or wishes to God, with a conscious dependence upon Him to fulfill His responsibility toward us.


Paul next says that we should offer “supplication.” Supplication concerns a specific request for special needs. Paul is saying that to be relieved of worry we ought to move in our praying from the general to the specific. How often we pray, “God, bless me today. Bless my loved ones,” and that is as specific as we ever get. The antidote to worry is to recognize a specific need, put yourself in a place of dependence upon God, and expect Him to do something about that very thing.


Paul also says that we should offer “thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving looks back to previous answers to prayer and demonstrations of God’s goodness, giving thanks because He has worked in similar situations before. Confidence for the future is based on what God has done in the past.


God’s Substitute to Worry


And now we have a promise: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds.” It is not natural, it is not understandable that a child of God can live with the peace of God in his heart in the midst of today’s many problems. But it is true. The apostle gives the promise that, when we cast everything that would cause us concern into the hands of God, the peace of God shall stand guard duty over our hearts and minds.


What the apostle is describing here is not so much delivering the mind after it has become obsessed with worry. Rather, he is promising that the mind will be kept from worry, because that which normally would cause concern is immediately transferred to the shoulder of One who is able to bear it for us.


We can live without worry, and without fear, and without anxiety, and without nervous exhaustion, and without frustration—but not without God’s help. We must let our worries roll off on God, and He will deliver us from worry. — From The Joy of Living by Dwight J. Pentecost.



God’s Concerns


When it comes to worry, followers of Jesus stand out in two ways: what they are concerned about and what they do with their fears. Christians have exactly the same worries as everyone else, but as they get to know God better, they realize that they can trust all their concerns to Him. If all their concerns are being handled by God, they are freed up to focus on God’s concerns. What is God concerned about? His concern is to see more and more people trusting Jesus and coming back into a relationship with Him.


And this should be our first concern too. But it can’t be if we are distracted by our worries. This doesn’t mean our everyday challenges aren’t valid or serious. They are, and God knows this. But God can do more for us than we can do on our own. He loves us and will provide what we need. If we can start to give our worries to Him, we will begin to see how dependable He is. And as we grow in confidence, seeing that our lives are in His hands, we will be able to share our confidence with others. In this way we will join God in His concern for the many people who still don’t know Him. — From What Are You Worried About? Discovery Series, Our Daily Bread Ministries.



Seven Answers for Anxiety


You may be a Christian who is allowing your anxieties to speak for God, which is never a wise thing. Allow God to speak for Himself. Here are just a few of my favorite examples:

He loves you (Deuteronomy 23:5).

He does not want you to live in fear (Psalm 27:1).

He knows who you are and still loves you (Psalm 139:1).

He wants you to be with Him always (John 3:16).

Nothing can snatch you from His hand (John 10:28-29).

His love for you will never fail (1 Corinthians 13:8).

He says you are His precious child (1 John 3:1).


These are just a very small sample of God's thoughts about you and His promises. There are so many more! As a baby step, find and memorize two or three promises that give you a sense of security and peace. Allow God’s voice—instead of the voice of anxiety—to fill your heart and mind. When you listen to God's voice, Paul says God will "keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). God will guard your heart and mind. There is no stronger protection.

From Seven Answers for Anxiety by Gregory L. Jantz.


Don't cross your bridges until you get to them.

We spend our lives defeating ourselves

crossing bridges we never get to.


"So, don't be anxious about tomorrow.

God will take care of your tomorrow, too..."

(Matthew 6:34)



Dear friend, Do you have stingy faith? Do you only pray to the Lord when you absolutely have to? God is not bothered by your requests. In fact, He delights when you bring everything to Him in prayer. He truly cares. Don't worry about being a burden to God. You're no bother!

"Many things are lost for lack of asking."Old English Proverb



Don't worry about the future but trust in God's love and

be confident in His power to bring you through any bad circumstance!

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY!


Luke 12:22-34


"Be careful (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)




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Don't cry over the past; it's gone.

Don't stress about the future; it hasn't arrived.

Live in the present

and

make it beautiful

by casting ALL your anxieties on Him-JESUS CHRIST!







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