We live in a world of polarizing opposites and pendulum-style decision making. But is there another option?
We all have it. I’ve had it recently. Those days, weeks, or months when we just feel blah. Yet Jesus came to give life - abundant life; should that make a difference in how I think and act?
I think most believers know that worrying is a sin. Most people could probably give you a list of reasons for why you should not worry. However, like so many principles in the Christian life, the issue comes down to one simple question: how? How are we to stop worrying? What prescription, process, or path will help us actively stop worry in its tracks and turn worry into peace?
This message is all about the prescription Paul gives for turning worry into prayer and anxiety into peace. This is not only a prescription to treat worries that keep popping up in our minds, but also a preventative prescription to keep anxiety from coming back.
This week in The Bridge (our Adult Bible Fellowship at church) I taught from Phil. 4:4-9 about stopping negative thinking, turning worries into prayer requests, thinking instead about positive things, and doing what we know we ought to do from Scripture. Today I'm posting 10 negative thoughts and the Scriptures that correct them. Perhaps you have some to add; I would love to see them in the comments below.
My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.
A thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.