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Anxiety and Philippians 4:4-7

August 18, 2006

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I’ve been praying these verses every day recently for myself and others and I’m posting a few simple thoughts from them that have been impressed more deeply upon my heart. 

1) Anxiety and joy (v. 4)  Fight anxiety because it steals from you the joy of your salvation. 

2) Anxiety and reasonableness (v. 5)  Some versions translate the word gentleness.  Think of an angry man to whom you want to say, “c’mon, you’re being unreasonable”  That’s the kind of reasonableness in view.  Our anxiety is often the cause of our being snippy with those close to us.  Therefore, fight anxiety.

3) Anxiety and prayer.  (v. 6) This is the way to fight anxiety.  Pour out your hearts to God.  Don’t just stew about it and fuss about it to others, pray about it.   Pastor Jason and I last week decided to go for a prayer walk instead of worrying about the church.  That was a good idea.

4) Anxiety and thanksgiving.  (v. 6)  I often find this is the real death blow to anxiety.  Start giving thanks for all the good stuff God has given and the scary stuff doesn’t seem that scary anymore.

5) Anxiety and peace. (v. 7)  Peace is promised to those who cast their anxieties on the Lord by prayer and thanksgiving.  And then the peace of God actually guards our hearts and minds.  It protects us from further destructive thinking.  But then we should also make every effort to fill our minds with profitable thinking (see v. 8-9)

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  1. August 19, 2006 10:53 am

    Thank you for this reminder. I hear this verse often quoted in regards to prayer. But, I think I have thought about it to simply. I haven’t really taken it apart like this and chewed on the sweetness it offers instead of anxiety and all that goes with it.

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