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We All Have Stuff: Dealing with Anxiety

We All Have Stuff

Guest Speaker: Alan Jarboe

  1. Fear and anxiety are a bit different from each other. Fear seems more concentrated; anxiety seems more diluted and less focused.
  2. Anxiety can harm us.
    • It weighs us down. Proverbs 12:25
    • Anxiety can distract from what is important. Luke 10:38-41
  3. Fear and anxiety have a good side.
  4. Anxiety is meant to motivate us to two things: action and prayer. Philippians 2:28
  5. God’s main prescription for anxiety: pray and trust.
    Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7, 1 Samuel 9:5-6, 1 Samuel 9:20
  6. Long-term answers to anxiety and becoming an less anxious person.
    • Develop a heart that trusts God.
    • Be proactive in your life.
    • Live a righteous, holy life.
  7. Develop a treasure chest of memories of times God came through dramatically.
  8. Some steps in dealing with anxiety.
    • Acknowledge the anxiety to God. Don’t pretend. Psalm 94:19, 139:23
    • Stop and think about when you became anxious. Deal with the cause.
    • Consider whether your anxiety is a message from God for you to do something positive to alleviate the situation.
    • Pray through anxiety.
    • Leave the anxiety before God
  9. Summary
    • Anxiety has a purpose in God’s scheme of things.
    • Anxiety is a prayer alarm.