Answers to Anxiety (Philippians 4:1-9)
Part of the Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Philippians 4:1–9 (Listen)
4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Summer Of Joy - Now More Than Ever
Answers to Anxiety
What makes you most anxious in life?
Key questions to evaluate:
1. Where do we stand with relationships?
2. How we rejoice in the Lord?
3. Do we approach issues with gentleness?
4. Do we pray over issues?
5. What lessons guide us?
*Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be know to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. vs. 4-7
I. Stand firm in faith - v.s1-3
A. Operate in affirmation
B. Avoid accusation
II. Choose joy as a way of life - vs. 4-5
A. Rejoicing in all
B. Gentleness of spirit
C. Anticipate Jesus
III. Respond to anxiety effectively - vs. 6-7
A. Effectual prayers
B. Incomprehensible peace
C. Guard your thoughts
IV. Live wisely by thinking honorably - vs. 8-9
A. Dwell on truth not emotion
B. Put into practice lessons learned
Will you let His peace rule?