Phil's sermon on Sunday helped us all to understand our anxious hearts a little better. It was the first of a four-week series on the subject. Listen to the whole thing to get the complete picture, but here is a list of five truths he shared about anxiety:

  1. Anxiety is always about tomorrow, not today, but God promises grace for today.
  2. Anxiety is fueled by undisciplined imaginations, but God calls us to think on whatever is praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8).
  3. Anxiety is often irrational. We fear things so unlikely to happen as to be preposterous.
  4. Anxiety turns us into false prophets. We dread and predict things that (almost) never materialize.
  5. Anxiety is fueled by unbelief in God and his promises. It can often be a blatant mistrust of God and his Word.

The antidote for anxiety comes from 1 Peter 5:6-7: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." Our God cares for us, so instead of being anxious, cast all of those anxieties on him.

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