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Conquering the Beast of Anxiety

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:25-34

A. Causes of Anxiety: Proverbs 22:13

– Fear of dying
– Fear of financial insecurity
– Fear of children not turning out right
– Fear of circumstances
– Fear of spiders, snakes, elevators
– Fear of speaking in public
– Fear of people
– Fear of failure

B. Consequences of anxiety: Matthew 6:25-34

1. It breaks fellowship with God:

Matt. 6:25, 31, 34, Psalm 66:18

2. It fuels unbelief of God’s faithful provision

Matt. 6:25, 30-31, Heb. 3:7-12

3. It intensifies fear of death

Matt. 6:27, Heb. 2:14-15

4. It draws our hearts and minds off eternity

Matt. 6:33, Matt. 14:28-33

C. Combating anxiety: John 14:1-6

1. Obey Jesus’ command not to give into anxiety

John 14:1a, 2 Cor. 12:8-9

2. Fight anxious feelings with confident faith

John 14:1b, Ps. 56:3-4, Ps. 42:5, Ps. 42:11

3. Focus on heaven not anxiety producing circumstances

John 14:2, 1 Peter 1:3-8

4. Live in light of Christ’s Second Coming

John 14:3, Col. 3:1-3

5. Remember our union with Christ

John 14:4-6, Ps. 23:1-3, 6, 2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Cor. 1:20