Encompasses the words worry, fear, panic, stress. anxiety.
All of these behaviors express a lack of faith = sin.
WHAT IS ANXIETY: 1. Improper reaction to the situation God has placed me in. 2. Concern to the point of terror or distress regarding future uncertainties or possible certainties. 3. Primarily deals with what may happen in the future, either near or distant.
WHAT ANXIETY IS NOT: 1. Normal Stress and Pressure we feel that is God Given 2. Some stress or pressure helps us to serve the Lord 3. In a positive way motivated by Christlike compassion for the Church and God's people Paul also felt anxiety for others.
LACK OF BIBLICAL REPSONSE: 1. Christian solutions often formulaic, anecdotal, or psychological in orientation. 2. Bible itself isn't sufficient - needs secular psychological assistance
THINKING BIBLICALLY: Need to realign thinking and heart to God's Word.
EXPRESSION OF WORRY: 1. Worry is a common temptation 2. Doubt of God's ability 3. Common throughout time 4. Minimize by focusing on big things.
DEALING WITH ANXIETY: 1. Observe God's care for you 2. Believe God's Word 3. God commands us to not worry 4. God is not just Creator, but Sustainer - creation doesn't worry 5. God has already set limit on each life 6. Unwise because of promised future 7. Be thankful in all things (Philippians) 8. Be doer of Word