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Friday, November 12, 2010

Are you Anxious?

Upcoming Program:

Be sure to attend Faith’s program on Coping with Life’s Challenges, Wednesday, November 17, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Freeburg. We want to equip you with the TRUTH you need to tackle stress, anxiety and fears.
God wants us to live a life of joy. Stress can be distracting! Come Wednesday to learn more about His plan for your future and how HE will equip you …. to cope !
This program will feature our fellow writer, Licensed Professional Counselor Gayla Fields.

Are you Anxious?

Today, we’ll talk about anxiety.

Now, don’t get anxious about this. It really is not going to be as bad as you think!

Webster defines anxiety as a state of being uneasy, apprehensive or worried about what may happen. It’s often characterized by feeling powerless to cope with threatening events. Sometimes the events are imaginary.

Imagine that.

Most of us have become anxious at one time or another. The key is to not let your thoughts get ahead of reality.

What is reality? Let’s go to a special book, the Bible, to find out:

Reality is that God created you. He loves you. He knows you will face trouble. He will equip you for that trouble. You can learn from persevering.

First, the reality that God created you and loves you.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13

God has a plan for you:

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to help you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

God knows you will face trouble:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

God will equip you for trouble:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Phil 4:13

You can learn from persevering:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Since we are only human, we can't avoid stress and anxiety completely. God has something to say about that, too:

“Cast your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

If you're feeling anxious, please remember feelings are not reality. Pray. Lay your burdens at the feet of Jesus. He is the overcomer. He can help you.

“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 transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:6,7

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