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Enough Already! Anxiety

BIG IDEA: ANXIETY CAN PUT YOU IN CHAINS, BUT THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE


Today we are continuing in our series called “Enough Already!” In this series we’ve been sorting through all the emotional, mental and spiritual upheaval that we have been experiencing due to COVID and all the other civil unrest taking place around us. Today, I want us to dial in on the emotion response of anxiety.

  1. TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME OF OUR ANXIETY, WE MUST TURN UP THE VOLUME OF GOD'S VOICE 

If we are spending large chunks of our time on social media, CNN, or Fox News, we are likely to have higher level of anxiety than someone who does not. We need to unplug often and tap into what God is saying to us. We need a regular routine of time with God so that we can hear what the Spirit is saying to us. Think on truth, what is right, noble things, pure things, lovely things, admirable things, excellent and praiseworthy things more often. And God’s peace will come more often into your life, reducing your anxiety. 


SCRIPTURE READING- Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)


Key Scriptures:


Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things.” 



Philippians 4:9 (NIV)

  “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”


ACTION STEPS


1. LIMIT YOUR INTAKE of whatever is causing your anxiety to increase. 


2. INCREASE YOUR TIME WITH GOD, trying to hear His voice. 

a. Experiencing God study 

https://www.amazon.com/Experiencing-God-Knowing-Revised-Expanded/dp/0805447539

b. “Telling Yourself the Truth” book

https://www.amazon.com/Telling-Yourself-Truth-Depression-Principles/dp/0764211935


3. SPEND MORE TIME WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS, whose example you can follow.

a. Join a small group or participate in one more regularly. 


4. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP, from a counselor who is a Christian.