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Peace | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

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

Get sleep

Exercise

Eat right

Pray – listen, petition, thanksgiving

Bombard your mind with good thoughts

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Prayer | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Question is not Why doesn’t God give me everything I ask for?

Key Question is How do I grow by communicating with God?

Key Idea: I pray to God to know him, to find direction for my daily life, and to lay my requests before him.

Prayer is more than giving God his “to do” list for the day.

I pray to God to know him.

I cried out to God for help;

    I cried out to God to hear me.

2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;

    at night I stretched out untiring hands,

    and I would not be comforted.

3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;

    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b]

4 You kept my eyes from closing;

    I was too troubled to speak.

5 I thought about the former days,

    the years of long ago;

6 I remembered my songs in the night.

    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7 “Will the Lord reject forever?

    Will he never show his favor again?

8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?

    Has his promise failed for all time?

9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?

    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:

    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;

    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. (pg. 196-7; Psalm 77:1-15)

12 I will consider all your works

    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.

    What god is as great as our God?

14 You are the God who performs miracles;

    you display your power among the peoples.

15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,

    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. (Pg. 196-7; Psalm 77:1-15)

Don’t begin your prayer asking for something but rehearsing who God is and his track record

We don’t need God to change our circumstances as much as we need to remember he is bigger than our circumstances.

Read and rehearse scriptures in your mind.

I pray to find direction for my life

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

Fill your heart and mind through worship and the Word.

Go to God genuinely wanting his will for your life.

Ask him

Ask others to pray and speak into your request.

Listen and wait.

I pray to lay my request before God

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

If I had cherished sin in my heart,

    the Lord would not have listened;

19 but God has surely listened

    and has heard my prayer.

20 Praise be to God,

    who has not rejected my prayer

    or withheld his love from me! (Pg. 192; Psalm 66:18-20)

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps. 37:4

First delight yourself in the Lord and then...he will give you the desires of your heart.

When you delight in the Lord, your desires change to his desires.

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