The key to resisting worry and anxiety
A short clip from Session 7 of Discipleship Explored, the transcript is pasted below.
Paul says: “Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6)
The key, if we want to resist anxiety, is “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Paul wants us to talk to God about anything and everything we’re anxious about, knowing that our Father ordains everything for our ultimate good, and loves us as deeply as he loves his Son.
He tells us to pray, not just lists of things that we want, but with thanksgiving, thanking our Father for all he is. The result, says Paul, is that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds” – here’s that phrase again – “in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything.
Could there be a connection between how much we worry and how little we pray?
Now, of course, we can’t just empty our minds of anxiety. We have to displace it. We have to force it out. We have to fill the space with something else so the anxiety has no place to take root.
That’s why Paul tells us:
“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” (Philippians 4:8) – and that is a perfect description of Christ. Because everything that is most admirable, most excellent, and most praiseworthy is seen most fully in him.
Paul’s saying, “Do whatever you can to fill your mind with Christ.”
What might it do for your peace, your anxiety, your conflict with others, and your joy if, when you wake up tomorrow, you remind yourself of one single truth: “I am in Christ.”
This extract helps us to resist everyday worry and anxiety. For some, anxiety can become a problem for which they should seek medical help. If this is the case for you, please don't be afraid to talk to your GP about it.
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