Anxiety

Anxiety

Philippians 4:6  “Be anxious for nothing”

Clues in the context for how to make it happen:

3:20 – 21         Remember the future spiritual body (no more physical body; just pure character)

4:1 – 4             Rejoice in the successes of faith (c.f., 4:10 – 18)

4:5                   The final proof was soon for them, past for us.  Remember the proof.

4:6                   Make your requests known with thanksgiving

4:7                   Result: peace

4:8 – 9             Focus on good stuff

All other passages with the same word:

  • 1 Corinthians 7:32 – 34  Marriage rightly creates anxiety for the fortunes of another.  Enter advisedly.
  • Luke 10:41  Desiring to serve adequately can create anxiety that interferes with edification.  Keep perspective.
  • Mark 4:19, Luke 8:14  The anxiety of life can interfere with growth.  Compare time spent with the Word against time spent solving the nuisances of life.
  • Luke 21:34  The anxiety of life can interfere with preparedness for Jesus return.  Life creates diversions.
  • Matthew 6:25 – 34, Luke 12:22 – 59  Be realistic about the anxiety and expectations of life.  God provides.  Anxiety is the result of expecting more than God knows you need.
  • Matthew 10:19, Luke 12:11  (Promise to the Twelve)  Don’t be anxious about what to say; God will provide.