Be Anxious for Nothing

Text: Philippians 4:6-7

Everyone has to deal with things in life that cause anxiety, stress, and worry. Christians are no exception. How do we deal with such things? Paul explained in our text. This lesson will examine his instruction to the Philippians.

Be Anxious

  • KJV uses the word careful – means full of care, worried, troubled
  • The world is filled with things that cause anxiety – family, work, home, finances, politics, technology, etc.
  • The Lord does not want His people to be anxious (Matthew 6:25, 31, 34) – the reason why is because it distracts us from focusing on spiritual things (Matthew 6:33; 13:22)
  • This does not mean we do not plan or prepare (James 4:13-15; Ecclesiastes 11:6) – but we must not worry

For Nothing

  • There is nothing that we should worry about
  • Not the basic necessities of life (Matthew 6:31-33)
  • Not those things which we cannot control (Ecclesiastes 11:3-6)
  • Not societal turmoil (Revelation 18:4, 20; Philippians 3:20)
  • Not persecution or government oppression (Matthew 10:28; Revelation 2:10)
  • Not what others think about us (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)

In Everything…Let Your Requests Be Made Known to God

  • Paul was going to give the solution for anxiety in every area of life
  • Whatever request we have (whatever we worry about), we can pray to God about it
  • Nowhere does the Lord promise that we will receive whatever we ask for (2 Corinthians 12:7-9) – however, we can pray about anything (whatever “requests” we may have)
  • Must go to God – only He can provide the peace that “surpasses all comprehension

By Prayer and Supplication

  • An address to God in which we are seeking something from Him
  • God’s people are to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12) – the prayer of the righteous man is effective (James 5:16)
  • However, prayer by itself is not going to fix whatever problem is causing us anxiety – we must do what we can (cf. Matthew 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:10); prayer is a supplement, not a substitute, for our efforts

With Thanksgiving

  • This is key – we will not receive the peace of God without being thankful to God
  • Being without thanksgiving means we are ungrateful – we do not appreciate what God has done
  • Thanksgiving means we recognize all that God has done (James 1:17)
  • When we recognize this, we can see His power over all things (Ephesians 3:20-21)
  • In this we also recognize His great love for us (Matthew 7:7-11)

The Peace of God Will Guard Your Hearts and Minds

  • Tranquility in spirit – calm in the midst of the storms of life (cf. Matthew 8:23-27)
  • How? – we recognize that God is in control (Matthew 10:28-31); we know that He cares for us (Romans 8:31-32; 1 Peter 5:7); we realize that the troubles of this life, and life itself, are only temporary (Matthew 6:19-21; 2 Peter 3:10); we understand that our life/soul is more than what we have here (Matthew 6:25)
  • This peace will guard our hearts and minds – so we do not become unfruitful (Matthew 13:22); rooted in faith, which is our shield to defend us (Ephesians 6:16)
  • The world does not understand this peace – only found in Christ (Philippians 4:6-7, 13)
  • He gives us peace (John 14:27) – despite the trouble that we will face in this life (John 16:33)
  • The peace of Christ can rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15) – if we will put on the new man (Colossians 3:9-10)

Conclusion

  • Rather than being anxious, we can have the assurance of a hope of heaven
  • Only if we faithfully follow the Lord – so do not allow the things of this life to distract you from the goal (Philippians 3:13-14)

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