Monday, April 27, 2009

Nixing Anxiety

On the way to work this morning, I heard a great message by Jack Graham on The Word 100.7.

He talked about the source of anxiety in our lives, and even though he made several great statements, this is what stuck out to me the most.

When we are anxious in our hearts, it is because our eyes are on our own desires and not God’s will. When we are only focused on what WE want, then we begin to manipulate circumstances to try to get our way. This is futile. This manipulation will only bring about anxiety because we will spin our wheels and still not get our wish. Instead, when we focus on what God intends for our lives, we are filled with peace, knowing that He is working all things together for good.

Proverbs 12:25“An anxious heart weighs a man down...”

Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message Bible)

“Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.“

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