Key Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything…” (pg. 369, Philippians 4:6)
Key Question: Where do I find strength to battle anxiety and fear?
Key Idea: I am free from anxiety because I have found people with God, peace with others and peace with myself
Things are right with God
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (pg. 371; Romans 5:1-2)
Get right with God.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Stay right with God
Things are right with others
…if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (pg. 376; Matthew 5:23-24)
Getting your relationship right is a higher priority than worship.
So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” (pg. 374; Genesis 13:8-9)
Value the relationships over stuff
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (pg. 376; Matthew 5:25-26)
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)
Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)
Make peace a priority, but it won’t work with everyone…not your fault…don’t own it.
Things are right with me
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (pg. 383-384; Philippians 4:6-9)
Have a team around you
Pray – listen, petition, thanksgiving
Bombard your mind with good thoughts
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