Week 3 – Jeff Maness – December 17th, 2017
Opportunities to worry in this life are constant, but so is God’s overwhelming peace. In the midst of our worry, anxiety and depression, God wants us to access the peace that only He can provide.
Silent Night — Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries (anxiety) and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
The opportunities to worry are constant, but God’s overwhelming peace is as well.
Isaiah 9:6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Big Question: How do I access God’s peace?
Main Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7
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Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
1. Turn to God in your need
Matthew 6:25; 33-34 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
“The phrase ‘Pray about everything’ does not mean a superficial act of religion with actual requests that follow. For a great many of us, that’s the only notion we have of prayer, asking God to give us something we want. This is a far higher communion than that, in which the soul seeks and finds or sits and gazes. Where there is no spoken request for anything affecting outward life, only the prayer of silent submission, in which the will bows itself before God; the prayer of quiet trust, in which we do not so much seek as hold on to our God.” Alexander McClaren
2. Thank God for meeting needs
Philippians 4:6b Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
3. Trust in God as all you need
Philippians 4:7 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.