Pastor Alvin Louie brought us the Word this Sunday: What are the things that make you anxious? Are they the unknown? The future? The uncertainties of life? All of these things can make us uncomfortable and even lead to an anxiety attack. Being anxious is not good for your physical or spiritual health. We all have anxieties in life, but the key is how will you deal with them?
In Philippians 4:6-9, Paul makes 3 comprehensive statements about dealing with anxieties: 1) Be anxious for nothing, be focused on the only One The disciples were anxious about life and in Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus told them directly how to deal with it. Instead of worrying about the details of their physical life, they were instead to seek first His kingdom. In focusing on their worries, they were trusting themselves too much and trusting God too little.
In a similar way, Martha and Mary were also anxious. In Luke 10:38-42, we see that Martha is worried and upset about many things. Jesus points to Mary as the example of who to be focused on instead.
2) Be prayerful in everything for He cares for you Paul encourages his readers to take your anxieties to prayer and to God. God knows all of your needs and He wants you to express them to Him. Peter also reiterates this idea when he writes 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." We must let God carry our load.
3) Let the peace of God guard you in all things in your life The peace of God will guard you - God will protect you! The peace of God will go with you - God is present with you always!
When you have an anxiety attack, what will you do now?
- Paul's answer in Philippians 4:6-7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
- Peter's answer in 1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.