Worry Stress & Anxiety... What the Bible says about it
Everyday things can easily cause us to worry ◦ What will I wear? ◦ What will I eat? ◦ How will I pay my bills?
Many cope with stress by turning to: ◦ Drinking ◦ Smoking ◦ Drugs ◦ etc.
Worry, stress, & anxiety often arise when we focus attention on issues outside our control & make them our minds‟ primary concerns
However, Jesus told us NOT to be worried or anxious about our lives/needs ◦ (See Matthew 6:25-34) “So do not worry, saying, „What shall we eat?‟ or „What shall we drink?‟ or „What shall we wear?‟” (Matthew 6:31)
Don‟t worry! (no pun intended) it‟s a perfectly normal response to ask…
Don‟t worry! (no pun intended) it‟s a perfectly normal response to ask… REALLY JESUS!?! HOW AM I GOING TO DO THAT!?!
Look again at Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus tells us how in v. 33 ◦ 31 “So do not worry, saying, „What shall we eat?‟ or „What shall we drink?‟ or „What shall we wear?‟ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34)
We see from v. 33 that ◦ instead of putting stressful issues FIRST (which cause us to worry & leads us into other sins) ◦ we should seek God‟s Kingdom & righteousness FIRST (leading Him to provide all our needs)
What does it mean to “seek God‟s Kingdom & righteousness first”? ◦ Answer: ?
What does it mean to “seek God‟s Kingdom & righteousness first”? ◦ Answer: Make it your mind‟s priority to: Seek (the things of) God [Heaven, spiritual gifts, etc.] Strive to please God Strive to live without sin
During times of worry, how do we “seek first God‟s Kingdom”? Answer: ?
During times of worry, how do we “seek first God‟s Kingdom”? Answer: Trade seeking Man‟s answers for God‟s. Seek His guidance through prayer & scripture first. Then trust Him! Have faith He‟ll do what‟s best. * Prayer can get you what you need (Matt. 7:7-11; James 4:2; etc.), faith is needed for effective prayer (James 1:6-7, etc.), and scripture is used to build faith (Romans 10:17)!
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
During times of worry, how do we “seek first God‟s righteousness”? Answer: ?
During times of worry, how do we “seek first God‟s righteousness”? Answer: Make doing God‟s will a priority (obeying His Word, ministry, Bible reading, etc.) * Recall, God hears the prayers of the righteous, but His face is against those who do evil (1 Peter 3:12) * Remember, scripture reading helps us live righteously (Psalm 119:11; Luke 6:45)
NOTE: Matthew 6:33 says “seek FIRST” and not “seek ONLY” …So if you need a job to pay bills don‟t be so holy that you never send out an application!
Finally, if things do not turn out the way you wanted, PRAISE GOD! Trust He does what‟s best even when it hurts. ◦ 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28* …even seemingly bad things
To avoid worry, stress, & anxiety 1. Stop prioritizing the issue in your mind 2. Start prioritizing God Pray Read your Bible Do ministry Avoid sin 3. Do your part (e.g. apply for the needed job, etc.) 4. Have faith God will do His (and accept it in the end)* Instead of letting your problems drive you to worry, depression, or sinthey should drive you to God, peace of mind, and holiness
This worry-free technique is for God‟s children only. (followers of Christ) If you do not know Christ as your Lord and Savior you can and these promises can apply to you today! Please contact us at SwordSharp.com if you need help or have any questions!
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