Be Not Anxious for anything


Dee's Thoughts

Good Morning Friends, thank you for joining me today. Do you every worry? Silly question huh? Of course we worry. Some of us worry more than others don't we? What good does it do us to worry, change does not come or is measured by how much we worry, if our worrying could make things better than that would make sense, but it is not the case. let's look at what God says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which ascends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Have there been issues in your life that seem to dominate every waking thought?  If so, you have known anxiety.

What is worry? The Greek word translated “anxious” (careful) in Philippians 4:6 means “to be pulled in different directions.” Our hopes pull us in one direction; our fears pull us the opposite direction; and we are pulled apart! The Old English root from which we get our word “worry” means “to strangle.” If you have ever really worried, you know how it does strangle a person! In fact, worry has definite physical consequences: headaches, neck pains, ulcers, even back pains. Worry affects our thinking, our digestion, and even our coordination. 1

Worry and Anxiety are different from concern. You can be excited about something and be thrilled with anticipation, but that is not the same as worry.   It is when our concerns become all-consuming and debilitating that we have become anxious.

Chuck Swindoll calls worry the "universal addiction". Paul understood the natural tendency to become anxious. He knew that anxiety is one of the greatest thieves of joy.

 An Example of Worry: It’s been determined that a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet is composed of something less than one glass of water. That is, all the fog covering seven city blocks 100 feet deep could be, if it were gotten all together, held in a single drinking glass; it would not quite fill it.

Is Worry Wrong and if so why?

1.           It puts a focus on the wrong issues. When we worry our perspective gets skewed. We begin to focus on things that are secondary and in the process lose sight of what is really important.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mt. 6:25-33)

We will stop here for today and continue on with this topic next week. Have a great week and see you soon.

Blessings, Dee

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