From Anxiety to Peace

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I feel so anxious right now, I want to hide in my bed and pull the covers over my head. I don’t want to talk to anyone, I don’t want to be nice, and I certainly don’t want to hear what I should be doing! So what do I do with Philippians 4:6-7?

I am a mature believer, I’ve been following Jesus for a long time, so why do I still get stressed and anxious at times?

Maybe Paul is not telling believers they won’t ever get anxious, but giving us some tools (new buzz word) to use, when we do get anxious.

1. Stop what you are doing.

2. Turn to the Lord in prayer.

3. Present this situation, with all the details to your heavenly father. Even your bad attitude, (if you have one like I did).

4. Thank him, that he has this situation well in hand, and he will work it out for your good.

5. Wait for the Lord’s peace to fill your heart and mind. Think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). And if you don’t feel some relief from your anxiety, repeat steps 1-4.

6. Praise and thank him again, because he loves you and his word stands true.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

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