Anxiety, worry, and tension.

Definition

The state of being concerned or troubled with distressing thoughts of real or imagined problems. Anxiety is the carnal nature expressing its belief in the inability of God to handle the situation.

Biblical Statement

These problems exist because a person relies upon his own strength rather than upon God and His word. It is the result of leaning upon our own understanding in dealing with our problems. The bible’s answer to this problem is, “cast all your anxieties on Him for He cares about you” (1 peter 5:7)

Scripture

Matthew 6:24-34 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

1 Corinthians 7:32

“But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.”

Philippians 4:6

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”

Counsel

God wants us to be free from worry. Anxiety chokes the word of God and keeps us from maturing in the Lord (Luke8:14 “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” Our faith and the corresponding strength to face problems are built up by the word of God (Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If this strength and this growing process are shut down because of worry, we become an open target for satan (1 Peter 5:8,” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”.

Replace worry: we must excuse ourselves from “pity parties”. Christ answered that question for us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our worry and frustration over the cares of the life won’t change things. Our heavenly Father, however, knows our every need and will supply according to His promise.

Meet your worry and tension with prayer and supplication with thanks giving (Philippians 4:6). Jesus is here right now to take your cares. He is your source of strength (Philippians 4: 13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Prayer

Thank God that we can cast all our cares upon Hi. Place on Him right now all the problems. Pray for the complete peace of God to be upon our brother/sister. Praise Him for meeting this need. Agree together that this need is met, for God has promised that where two or more agree as touching anything it shall be done (Matthew 18:19“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

References

Matthew 13:22 – word of God choked.

“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”

Luke 21:34 – don’t let cares of life cheat you out of salvation.

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly”

Psalm 127:2 – it is vain to be overly concerned about worldly cares.

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, and to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”

James 1:2 – count it joy when you meet trials.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials”

1 Corinthians 10:13 – God has a way of escape; God is faithful.

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Matthew 25:14 –effects of worry.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them”

Proverbs 12:55 – Anxiety weighs one down.

1 Samuel 17:47 – the battle is the Lord’s.

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

Psalm 34:4 – the Lord will deliver.

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears”

Psalm 56:9 – God is for us.

“When I cry out to you, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.”

Joshua 10:24 – 25 – our enemy is underfoot.

“So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and put their feet on their necks. Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”

1 kings 8: 56 – the Lord is faithful.

“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.”

Psalm 34:4 – the Lord answers.

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Luke 12:22 – do not be anxious, seek His kingdom.

“Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.”