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I Choose Peace - In Anxious Moments, Part 1

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August 6, 2021 6:00 am

I Choose Peace - In Anxious Moments, Part 1

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August 6, 2021 6:00 am

When life gets hard, really hard, we have two options. We can become consumed with worry – which is what most people do, OR we can trust God, who tells us not to worry or be anxious. Chip shares that even though that sounds nearly impossible, God has promised to help us do just that. 

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How much would you pay someone if they could absolutely guarantee a solution to all your words. In other words you would never ever have to worry again about anything sound impossible, it's not and that's today welcome to this Edition of Living on the Edge Chip Ingram chips or Bible teacher for this daily discipleship program motivated Christians to live like Christians here for you to hear this message because it focuses on one of the most passages in the New Testament chose the miniature continues in a series I choose peace by picking up where he left off last time. Philippians chapter 4 breaks down how we can respond to life.

This is such a relevant topic. We all need to hear Richard stick around after this teaching for additional thoughts from Chip on how we can find peace in the face of worry.

If you have a Bible handy turn to Philippians chapter 4 chips message anxious moments. It is well myself. It is well with myself.

You can sing a song like that and not cause just ask, how's it going with your soul mean is it well when you think of the fears the frustrations of thoughts about the future. How are you doing songs really powerful, but the story behind it might be more powerful. It was first sung in 1876 it was written by Horatio Spafford that he was an attorney that did well in investments in Chicago. It was a close personal friend of a guy named DL Moody, who was an evangelist of the earlier century and not 1871 there was a fire in Chicago is called the great Chicago fire and he lost almost all of his holdings. All of investments, so any of you that have ever going broke. That's where he was Nancy's begin to build his life up again. He just felt like you know we need to pause for a moment. He said to his wife and had four daughters want you to get on the ship wall. Go together let's get a couple months away to get perspective in your I just ready to get on the ship and there was a zoning problem with some property and so we had to stay behind for a few days and since NEXT ship.

It is now a famous telegraph the ship with his wife and his four daughters was hit by another ship at sea. I it went down and received from his wife. The telegram that says saved alone. All four of his daughters died in that shipwreck of there. A few weeks later he was on and a second ship to meet his wife and when he came to the place where the two ships collided the captain brought in and said this is about the place where you lost your daughters in the words that we sang earlier, is as he looked out over the ocean with the spirit of God speaking into the deepest parts of his hurt and his pain and his loss. He said when peace like a river, it's well with my soul like sea billows roll. It is well with myself and I don't know about you but it seems humanly impossible to lose everything financially.

Lose four of your daughters and to honestly and sincerely say it is well with your soul. And yet if you notice on the front of your teaching handout that is exactly what Jesus promised his early disciples and Horatio Spafford is just one person among millions over the last couple millennia have experienced the spirit of God to do something inside of them is beyond any human understanding. The last night Jesus with his disciples said to them, I've told you these things to me that you might have peace in the world you will have trouble tribulations. But take heart. I've overcome the world. This is inferior here within 10 memorial services in the last 30 days in our church this people all around you lost a mom and dad, a grandpa child and that's not unique. Everyone in this room right we have our issues but we can choose peace.

But how do you choose peace in moments of extraordinary anxiety.

That's what Morgan a learn as we do. Sometimes you have to learn little bit about the problem before you can solve it.

So let's do a little research together. What exactly is anxiety a textbook definition.

It's an uneasiness, apprehension and dread, concern, tension, restlessness, and worry. The anxious individual often anticipates misfortune, danger or doom.

We don't need that definition that kinda describes were a lot of us are multiple times a week at times. The biblical word for anxiety literally means to take thought.

It can be used in a positive way like taking thought for something positively but mostly it's these in the New Testament for taking thought as being obsessed with something you can't get your mind off of the German word comes from the word to choke her to strangle and anxiety at its heart has the idea inside your mind being pulled in two different directions. What makes us anxious or causes. It is fear of the future. This is probably most common one. Fear of failure, fear of another terrorist attack. Fear of an economic downturn fear that your kids will turn out right. We single the rest of your life through the marriage that you're in is never really get any better. Fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, you name it for others.

Anxiety is produced by conflict in the present conflict in your marriage.

Conflict with a friend conflict at work conflict with a neighbor conflict with your kids conflict with your in-laws.

1/3 cause for anxiety is in the past, regret is times when things are just going well, you described in your car and out of the blue.

You remember all my what you did back then that you hope no one ever finds out who for some of us we came to know Christ. Later in life and we made some mistakes and there's issues with some of our kids are some things about her life that we can't change and we just start getting overwhelmed with. I blew it I blew it I blew it and it produces us anxiety. Anxiety isn't just a little thing to take a pill anxiety can ruin your life.

I have a friend who's a professor, a medical doctor and that he wrote a textbook on the psychological disorders. Here's a list of things that anxiety produces in us mentally, spiritually and emotionally makes people hyper alert, irritable, fidgety over dependent insomnia, talkative, poor memory, fainting episodes, excessive perspiration, muscle tension headaches including migraines quivering voice hyperventilation, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, high blood pressure about you but that was alone tells me I don't know how to get rid of anxiety, but I want to get rid of it. Hurry right here sets issue. How do you overcome anxiety. There's many of you this last week you woke up at 211 and then 305-4407 thinking about the future and your mind goes over and over and over again and you're very fearful about something.

We are in conflict with someone in the stomach acid is going around. How does that change that's working to learn open units. I want to tell you that you simply do not have to live as an anxious person. It is possible to absolutely be at peace in the midst of horrendous, difficult and uncertain times.

Jesus promised my peace I give to you, you might jot on the very top of your notes. First Peter 57 Peter would make a command and he was a cast all your burdens upon the Lord because he cares for you and the burdens are cares if the picture of a like a nine or 10-year-old boy come home on Friday and he's got his backpack and takes his backpack and he throws it to the corner and how work weekends and you know what he's going to help, if I got something to later work. He's eight years old. He just takes a there's no homework minutes can be fun. That's the picture of casting all your burdens on the Lord why he really cares for you. You give your problems, your struggles and anxiety to a personal God who is in control was all wise is loving is powerful and near the object of his affection in Philippians chapter 4 verses six and seven. He will give you a specific game plan that every time anxiety comes and knocks on the door of your heart.

This game plan will teach you that prayer can answer the door and you can run into your father's arms and God will give peace, you can learn that every time anxiety knocks on the door of your heart that you literally can let prayer answer it and then run into your father's arms. You can learn the need to sit again. I want you to read the text silently. As I read it out loud command, and do not be anxious about anything, second command, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving present your requests to God's promise and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Now if you're a little bit new we study the Bible together and so are the questions we always ask before we make application is what does it actually say in and by that you need to make some observations. The word of God is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword in its truth.

The second question is after what does it say what does it actually mean what did it mean to his first century hears and what is it mean to us than the last question is most important is so God what you want me to do. How do I put this in the practice so often, at least when I study I will outline the text when I laid out here for a call it a mechanical outline just like when you study a poem or study Shakespeare and you want to grammatically see what's happening in it. So what I've done is I've taken it in the original language. I just literally put it in order so you can see the grammar you don't need to know the original language, but in this particular case it's interesting that he takes the word completely out of order to make his point. So notice just what I lay in the first command is nothing be anxious about.

If you have a pan put little arrow and write negative command in your notes. In other words, were commanded literally at stop being anxious. Stop worrying. It's not just a little thing, it eats up your soul.

It ruined your emotions towards your relationships, it chokes the life out of you. Stop worrying and if it's a command that means there's gotta be power in a way to obey this command. Notice the positive command, but in everything he's going to give us four specific boards for prayer after the everything put arrow put positive command in everything by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving the request of you be made known to God. There are four words in the New Testament for prayer.

All four of them are right here here's what I want to know when anxiety knocks on the door of your heart. Let prayer answer it, but not just any conifer he's going to give you a very clear using all four words, there is a specific way to pray that when you're anxious when you're fearful when the stomach acid starts when you are awake and can't fall back to sleep. When you have these scenarios where your projecting into the future.

How terrible what's going to happen at your job and your kids are going to turn out right. And this is can happen in your marriage will never get better in this thing at work is never going to change in the help that she was always going to go from bad to worse.

Once you start down that track. There's a kind and there's a way to pray that the spirit of God ago. Hush effect notice with the promises. The promises that when you pray petition with Thanksgiving and you make your requests known to God. Peace of God. This, beyond human understanding, will guard your heart and your thoughts are literally your minds circle the word guard you've ever seen the little commercial I like this commercial. It's the one where the guys in the bank and the robbers come in and never was on the floor in the lady looks Do something, he goes all I am not a security guard and the security monitor I'm just monitoring there's a problem here. That's this word he says when you pray like this.

The spirit of God gives you a sense of peace and calm will literally guard the deepest parts of your life and your thinking and in fact what working to learn is there's times when you lose your peace when you when you realize there's there's something wrong but actually it's like that the red light on the dashboard of the car and what it tells you is that there's something wrong under the hood when you lose your peace. There's something about your abiding in Christ. You're focusing your mind, your trust is off of Christ and on the something else in your loss of peace is like an essential act is like an arbitrator monitor so that you can get back in line with that, let's get to the application negatively. There's a command we look at them negatively and positively you notices for keywords, but how and there's a promise which is the light in your notes where it says negatively. I would like you to write. Stop worrying about anything part of how our minds work. We see it we say we write it, it sticks. I just saw study by Harvard University recently talked about those graduates that actually wrote down their goals were 80% more likely to succeed.

I want you to write down stop goring them to sit here and listen you not passing this is about your life today, in this moment second word says positive command I want you to write, pray about everything because when it appears the thing some of us have practice being anxious most of our lives. We learned from our parents.

Almost everyone does it, we we think that what you do you know when you're worried you take a pill for this a pill for that.

When you feel uptight will turn on the TV for others. When you lose your peace. You go shopping for others. You know it's been really tough in your uptight about things and wondering so you one glass of wine made you feel a bit better about three make you feel a lot better. Some of you had a prescription for some back pain, and when you get uptight. Now you actually take some of those pills even though your back pain was months ago gone and better for other some of it's it's it's maybe a little bit more healthy. You just work the moment you feel anxious you to start working because you feel like you're in control at the heart of anxiety is life is out of control and I can't handle this. So you do something to give you pseudo-peace for many of us, it's just a trip to the refrigerator when were not really in need of calories but there's something about a bag of chips, a bag of popcorn, some chocolate that just makes you feel better for what right 15 to 30 minutes. There's all kind of ways that we address our anxiety.

Most of them are very helpful and then when we do a lot of those things.

Some of you log on and surf some of you spend mindless hours, not because you want to or need to, because it's just a distraction.

Is there something wrong inherently with some is insensibly not, but when I'm doing that because what I'm really trying to do is get my mind off of this gnawing anxiety not not letting the peace of Christ rule in your heart and in your mind me my confectioners let my anxiety want you ESPN somehow watching other people play games. Makes me feel better for half-hour or get into my work or go work out bad evil thing so but when I do it instead of letting prayer answered the door and let God work in my life, my heart, neither Wisner profitable know what I want you to see is that prayer answers the door, but it's a very specific kind of prayer.

Like you I have a have lots of challenges with anxiety. I think we all do, and I think God would say okay I want to teach you a way to pray because I felt very anxious and God help help help God God Todd and then I just pick up the backpack put the burdens right back on so I want to walk through these four specific words you practice this and you do not have to be anxious. The first word is prayer is the most common word in the New Testament in prayer as the idea of turning in the moment you feel anxious.

It's turning my thoughts and my feelings upward. It's getting an upward focus it's it's adoration it's pausing and recognizing way to second in the midst of these struggles right now I want to get my focus on who is God worship. I actually have more than a few struggles with anxiety tend to juggle a few more balls and I can really juggle trying to accomplish more than I'm really capable of and as a result of that, you know I don't about you, but you you can wake up and if you if you wake up, and as you waking up the first thoughts in your mind what about this and what about that meeting and what about this when my kids over here and then if you get up out of bed, wash your face and if you pick up your phone.

Oh my gosh dials down 77 points in all of this check my email while I'm walking to make coffee on my gosh you know what you're setting yourself up for disaster. The first thing you need to do in the morning every every morning either. Psalm 20 through the Lord's prayer before I get out of bed.

I realize God if I don't see life through your lens on to be in trouble because I know this life is going to bring more challenges just the ones I know about their more than I can handle. And it's interesting when Jesus taught his disciples to pray. What did he say when you pray, say, our father, so in the midst of all the craziness of the world, the one who created all that there is the one who sent his son to die for you and rise from the dead, the one who is the sovereign King's all wise, all-powerful and all-knowing of every circumstance real possible and potential. He's your and say to him, who art in heaven, you not you not pulled into this or that you're the creator you are in control. Holy is your name I can I can know hundred percent of time that God will never live in the house was going to be pure. His intentions, so it's it's this moment where you pause and you get a high, clear view of God. When anxiety knocks at the door of your heart. Prayer answered in the first prayer is worship and adoration will join the Syrian student. This application is just a bit of listening to the first part of this message, anxious moments from a series I choose peace. Do you feel burdened by life's demands. Are you anxious about the financial pressures on you. Is there a difficult relationship wearing you down if you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a little more peace in your life in the series chip talks about the peace of God, that in the midst of the chaos restores columns and encourages us don't list a single part of the series. It will change your relationship with God.

For additional info on I choose peace, order, order any of the series resources visit LivingontheEdge.org app listeners tap special offers I'll be right back in just a minute with some Final Cut application for you in your life about today's message but I just want to encourage you that peace is something that God gives to every believer. The fact of the matter is, we tend to look for it in three different places.

We tend to look outside. You know, if I just met that person or unify made a lot of money, you know, we look for peace and circumstances externally or for others it's sort of an inside journey. If I can find oneness with myself and if I can meditate and ponder and maybe somehow align the Duke deep breathing exercises and little waterways that are very functional.

That maybe help us, but their superficial what God wants to give us his inward piece of peace that transcends even human comprehension apiece that in the midst of a difficult relationship you can go to bed and sleep apiece that even when you have uncertainty about work and finances that there's a calm there's an absolute certainty for your purpose in your future that God will provide. That's the piece that the series is about is what the apostle Paul taught in Philippians 4 is the gift that Jesus promised to his followers then and now what I want you to know is that this been a big part of my journey in my journey after I type this I wrote a book that I walk through exactly what the apostle Paul taught and what the Lord has taught me about how do you access this piece.

What I want you to know is if you're a follower of Jesus in the spirit of God lives in you than you have it. What I would love to do is help you access it in very practical ways God longs for you to experience his calm and his peace in the midst of this very very stressful and chaotic world. The books called I choose peace how to quiet your heart and an anxious world to order your copy of chips braided new book I choose, please visit LivingontheEdge.org or call AAA to 333-6003.

If you're ready for more peace in your life get your hands on this resource or order a few to study together with some friends you want to revisit the truth in this book again and again, especially when anxiety and worry threatened to overwhelm you to order your copy of I choose peace. Just go to LivingontheEdge.org or call AAA 333-6003 app listeners tap special offers.

Now let's get to chips application. As we close today's program I want to ask you a question. Is it well with your soul and what I mean by that. Are you at peace or are you filled with anxiety and worry again and I know sometimes we reframe it all. I'm not worried. I'm just low, frustrated, or not worried. I'm just upset I'm just really really concerned. Could you just back off for just a minute right now and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a level of transparency and honesty and then let me ask you some questions that I think might really help if you don't recognize where you're anxious just certainly can't deal with it I miss is a great passage. I mean, this is great truth. But what's causing the anxiety in your life.

I mean, is it a subtle or not-so-subtle fear of the future. Is it a relational conflict feel like we talked about the last few days. He is at money.

I mean, are you you're just worried about money or is it a biopsy reporter like in my case, you know, I'm now and then it just flashes through my mind is the cancer to come back that my wife be or is it a regret in is there something that you this. It comes keeps coming to your mind you think, oh, if I wouldn't have done that or if I if I would have done something else and or maybe it's just a big decision you made in your living with the consequences and somehow you are living in this emotional turmoil of wanting to turn back the clock, but you just can't do it. Here's what I want you to know when worry and anxiety knocks at the door of your heart. Let prayer answer it and there's just a certain kind of prayer think I'm gonna talk very very specifically in our next broadcast, how to take this passage from all that's a nice verse in the Bible to a very action oriented process so that when you begin to worry how you can literally stop worrying and God will use it by the power of his Spirit in his word to really help you develop over time the habit of not working and not being anxious until then. However, this is what I'd like you to do, I'd like you to go to the website and get the message notes. I think you need to see how I've laid out this passage. Second, there are certain messages that we all need to listen to more than once I've actually is a confession. I've actually listened to my own message on this and God has spoken to me through me. I'm teasing but is through this passage and so you really need to listen to this whole series or other series. It's absolutely free, but I want you to begin to renew your mind and and and then here's my last request I know I'm giving you a lot of options here but get out of 3 x 5 card or open your phone and click where it says notes. I want you to actually write out or type out Philippians chapter 4 verses six and seven whatever version you want and then when you start feeling anxious and worrying. Just open it up and read it slowly and that will come to help you start to make progress until our next time together and I give you some very practical ways to absolutely stop worrying. Okay, see you next time you'll find the message notes trip mentioned to the couple places go to LivingontheEdge.org and click the broadcasts tab. App listeners will find them by tapping fill in notes you get is outlined all of the Scripture references and lots of feelings to help you remember what you're learning really help you get the most out of every program, so I hope you'll take advantage of this resource. The next time you listen will for chip and the entire team.

Saying thanks for listening to this Edition of Living on the Edge


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