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Anxiety by John Gray- Ideas on preaching
We all have probably struggled with anxiety at some point in our lives. There are folks who struggle with anxiety daily. We know someome who does. I admit that I don't understand it but as John says it is real. His article will help but only if you give your anxiety up to God. It is not easy but God will provide the Holy Spirit to help us if we let Him. Open your heart to God and ask Him for that help. Ask another believer to pray with you. Be one of those believers someone will ask you pray with and for anxious people.
GRANDPA SAYS – “THINK ON THESE THINGS”: “Why me? Sometimes the reason good things are not happening to you is because you are the good thing that needs to be happening to other people.”
“EVERY TOMORROW HAS TWO HANDLES. WE CAN TAKE HOLD OF TOMORROW WITH THE HANDLE OF ‘ANXIETY’ OR THE HANDLE OF ‘TRUSTING FAITH’.” (Henry Ward Beecher)
“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:6-7).
Christians are not immune to anxiety. Often, we are made anxious by our thoughts. We get anxious - we worry and obsess about --- well, you name it! This is one reason we are wise to heed God’s command to take our thoughts captive (2 Cor 10:5). When we are aware of what we are thinking and can evaluate those thoughts based on the truth of the Bible, we will not be defeated by our thoughts. Rather than sitting in “The rocking chair of worry going nowhere”, we will recognize the anxious thought and claim victory over it by the power of Christ and our trust in His loving care.
Jesus, unlike the world, can provide His disciples with a certain and trustworthy peace. He provides the real solution to anxiety, worry, loneliness, and other things that would make us insecure and disturb us. Specifically, the solution (John 14:26) was that Jesus would always be with his disciples. Even when He was physically apart from them, He would be with them because His Spirit would live in them. The Holy Spirit would uniquely empower and comfort them - bringing to their memory all that Jesus had said.
Jesus taught the disciples that peace doesn't come from the absence of difficult circumstances. Instead, peace comes from knowing that the Lord is with us - and in us (through His Spirit) if we have believed in Him. Because of that, we can have real peace, and instead of spending our time and energies being worried and anxious, we can do what He has designed for us to do - live in and walk with Him (John 15:1–11) - and love one another (John 15:12, 17).
“We Have an Anchor That Keeps the Soul” | Priscilla J. Owens, 1882
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?