• Fear and worry are very real problems in the life of Christians.
  • This text offers help when it comes to worry and fear.

Phil 4:6- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

  • In this text the word careful means anxious.
  • Worry can pull us in different directions.

James 1:8- A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

  • Worry can also have a physical effect on our bodies.
  • Worry robs us of joy.
  • Do you have the joy of the Lord today?

Psalms 34:1- I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Two ways we can have victory over worry.

 

First, we must pray right.

  • Prayer shows our dependence on God.

Phil 4:6- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Phil 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

  • We must keep our focus on God by:
    • Prayer- to worship or adore.
      • We need to get alone, pray and show adoration to who God is.
      • Getting our focus back on God.
      • The bigger our God is, the smaller our problem is.
      • We need to remember Who we need to focus on.
    • Supplication- asking for specific prayer requests.
      • Express your fears and worries to God.
      • Get specific in your prayer life.
    • Thanksgiving- appreciate.
      • Be thankful for what God has done in our lives.
      • God has been so good to us.
    • Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.
    • Verse 7 is the result of the right kind of prayer- the peace of God.

VS 7- And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  • Prayer doesn’t change our circumstances, but rather it changes us.
  • Never underestimate the power of prayer.

Second, we must think right.

VS 8- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

  • Wrong thinking leads to wrong feeling.

Isaiah 26:3- Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

  • Watch what you are thinking about.
  • What should we think about?
    • Things that are true. VS 8
      • 92% of things that happen in our lives involve the following:
        • Things that we imagine.
        • Things that will never happen.
        • Things that are beyond our control.
        • Saturate your mind with the word of God.
    • Things that are honest and just. VS 8
      • Things that please God by getting into the Bible.
    • Things that are pure. VS 8
      • We should have a clean thought life.
    • Things that are lovely. VS 8
      • Pleasing and attractive to God.
    • Things of good report. VS 8
      • If we are going to live Godly, we need to think Godly.
    • What are you worried about today? Take those worries to God.

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