Don’t Stress

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer & supplication

with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Phil 4:6

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.

Let petitions & praises shape your worries into prayers,

Let God know your concerns.

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness,

everything coming together for good,

will come & settle us down.

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ

displaces worry at the center of our life.

The message

Worry & fret is distracting,

anxiety harms our ability to prioritize,

When we’re stressing we’re untrusting & discontent

Anxiety is a stress response & can give us physical symptoms –

headaches, nausea, tense muscles, trembling, sweating, heart palpitations,

backache, Sleeplessness, agitation, shrill reactions & the list goes on & on.

The psalmist feared God’s being silent or forsaking him.

He was pummeled by the scorn of man.

But he always found the silver lining to his worry –

His silver lining was gratitude, so he was thankful in everything

His silver lining was praise & worship, so he exalted & adored The Lord Jesus

His silver lining was trust, so he cast all his cares, burdens & stresses on God

His silver lining were promises, so he became a remembrancer

In the royal court the King appointed remembrancers.

The job of the remembrancer was to remind the King

of all of the promises He had made to his people.

This motivated the King to follow through & be faithful to his promises.

God wants us to remind Him of His promises

God wants us to remind Him of Jesus (so we come to Him in Jesus name)

The Good Samaritan treated the wounds of the man beaten by robbers Luke 10:25-37

Paul commended Timothy because he cared for the welfare & needs of others Phil 2:19-23

Jesus uses us to care for others & He uses others to care for us.

JESUS CARES… WHEN WE ARE BURDENED

YES HE CARES… WHEN WE’RE ALL ALONE

YES HE CARES… WHEN WE’RE IN MISERY

OH, HE CARES… HE CARES FOR US

AND HE CARES… WHEN WE’RE DISCOURAGED

HE’S CONCERNED… SO EARNESTLY

JESUS CARES… WHEN WE’RE IN SORROW

WHEN OUR PAIN… IS HARD TO BEAR

AND HE CARES… ABOUT EACH SITUATION

IT’S SO GOOD TO KNOW… HE’S THERE

WHEN OUR DAYS… ARE DARK AS NIGHT

HE’LL BE THERE… TO MAKE IT RIGHT

Luther Barnes

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