Joshua: “Winning Memory”

Joshua • “Winning Memory”

Joshua 4 & 5

October 16-20, 2017

 
Tom Rush sings one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. It’s called the

Remember Song. Some of you will smile at this and others of us are living this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yN-6PbqAPM.

Take three minutes to start this week off right.

 

I think that my memory is a bit like a carousel with lots of slots around the outside in which information is stored. The older I get the slower the carousel seems to go. I still have all the information in there somewhere, but it just takes longer to retrieve it. Then there are all the diseases of the mind that will someday steal of our memories.

 

One of the most frustrating things all of us deal with or will ever is forgetfulness. When it comes to a faith walk with God, one of the greatest enemies to faith is forgetfulness. In fact, the forgetfulness of the nation of Israel was on the heart of God in the Book of Deuteronomy as the people were preparing to enter the Promised Land. There is ample evidence that we are following that same path today.

11 Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today

. Deuteronomy 8:11

 

Forgetting what the Lord had done for them would, as it always does, lead to disobedient living. The Lord knew that an enemy of their faith was forgetfulness so as they entered the Promised Land He wanted them to have a winning memory. The title of this week’s study is “Winning Memory

.” Get your Bibles out and mark Joshua chapters 4-5. Read these two chapters in their entirety and we will summarize most of it and touch on a few verses.

 

There were three ways the Israelites were supposed to remember what the Lord had done for them that would give them a winning memory.

  • They were to remember the crossing of the Jordan River.
  • They were to remember the covenant of Abraham.
  • They were to remember their deliverance from Egypt.

 

Their remembrance of these three events was to transform the way they lived in the Promised Land.

 

MONDAY: Remembering What The Lord Has Done For YOU Should Transform The Way You Live.

 
When you forget what the Lord has done for you, your affection for Him will always weaken…every time… and what follows always leads to disobedient living.
For you to win God’s way you must have a winning memory that transforms the way you live today.

 

Take a moment to look at each of these areas of remembrance.

 

  1. In Chapter 4, The Lord instructed the people to gather 12 stones from the midst of the Jordan River, that river of impossibility for them to cross on their own ability and to set them up as a memorial to remember what the Lord had done there.

 

6 That this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:6-7

 

Verses 23 – 24 further illuminates the purpose of this memorial

23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, 24 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:23-24

 

The memorial stones provided a teachable moment for parents to tell their children of the Lord’s power in overcoming the obstacle of the Jordan River reminding them to fear the Lord.

 

The other purpose was evangelistic. The memorial was to be a witness to “ALL THE PEOPLES of the earth” to know the Lord and His power.

 

Remembering what the Lord has done in overcoming obstacles in your life should always lead you to deeper worship of the Lord that is a witness to others. That is living a transformational life.

 

  1. The next way they were to remember what the lord has done is through remembering the Lord’s covenant with Abraham.

 

In chapter 5, you will find that the Lord instructed Joshua to circumcise the sons of Israel. Now for us that might not seem like a big deal but you need to remember that circumcision was given to Abraham as a sign of the Covenant Relationship he had with God. Circumcision was the outward symbol of inward faith in the Lord.

 

In Genesis 15, the Lord told Abram that he would have descendants like the stars.

6 And he believed the Lord, and God counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6

 

In Genesis 17, circumcision was given to Abram as an outward sign of the inward faith covenant he had with the Lord. Faith in the Lord always comes before the outward sign of the faith, in this case, circumcision, which the previous generation did not grasp.

5 Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised. 6 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Genesis 17:5-6

 

The previous generation who faithlessly disobeyed God had the outward sign of being God’s people but did not know Him by faith because, “they did not obey the voice of the Lord…”

 

In the Old Testament, God was always interested in a circumcision of the heart by faith before the physical circumcision.

16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. Deuteronomy 10:16

 

The generation entering the Promised Land had never been circumcised because of the disobedience of their parents. However, each person and each generation had to make their own personal commitment of faith to obey the covenant. By remembering to become circumcised, this generation was separating themselves from the previous rebellious generation and making a personal commitment of faith to the Lord by entering the Promised Land.

 

  1. In Joshua 5:10-12 The third way of remembrance…celebrating the Passover. In Joshua 4:19, note that they crossed over on the 10th day of the first month. That is significant because it was on that day that the preparations for Passover were to begin by selecting an unblemished lamb.

10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. 11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

Joshua 5:10-12

 

Passover was a celebration remembering the most important salvation event in the life of Israel, their deliverance from Egypt. Remembering the Passover in the Promised Land was significant because it remembered salvation from Egypt and God fulfilling His Promises. In remembering their deliverance at Passover, they were reminded that they were to live a new life of faith in the Promised Land because of God’s work of salvation in their lives.

 

 

In

1 Corinthians 5:7, you will read that Christ is our Passover

.
In

1 Corinthians 11:24, you are told to eat the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins. Christian, remembering the Lord’s Supper should promote a winning memory in you that transforms the way you live.

 

 

TUESDAY: Celebrating The Lord’s Supper

 

23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again

. I Corinthians 11:23-26

 

Remember always that it is not where or when you celebrate the Lord Jesus’ death and resurrection, but HOW and WHY. Do so with honor and reverence and with a contrite heart. If your heart is not prepared, do not partake. It’s not for everyone.

 

Living the Word Applications: Demonstrate a winning memory by…
 

 

WEDNESDAY: Breaking Away From The Past Way Of Living 5:5-6.

The circumcision of the next generation signified breaking away from the disbelief and sinful disobedience and living life by faith in the Promised Land. One of the symbols of our faith that is equated with circumcision is baptism. Baptism does not put a person in a right relationship with God, but in the New Testament it always occurred when a person made a

conscious response of faith in Christ

.

6 1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Romans 6:1-4

 

God’s Word says that baptism signifies

breaking away from the old life of sin to living a new life of obedience in Christ

. Can you remember your day of baptism? On that day, you made a conscious decision to publicly profess faith in Christ, to break away from sinful living and to live a new life in Christ.

 

One of my favorite memories is baptizing our youngest son, Don Allen Ivey. He made his profession of faith at age ten and asked me to baptize him. The church he was in refused his request, so I asked my pastor, James Pleitz, at Park Cities Baptist Church if I might baptize Donnie there. I will never forget his response that Sunday afternoon, “

You bet, the baptistery is full and warm. Bring that boy on.” Warmed this old daddy’s heart I can tell you. As we stood in the baptistery together, I asked him, “Son, why did you come to be baptized?” His precious answer still rings in my memory, “Well, Dad, I just gave my heart to Jesus and He told me to come be baptized

.” Hard to beat that.

 

So examine your life again. Are there places where you are forgetting to break away from the old life and live out your new life in Christ? Perhaps today will be a good day to take a fearless inventory of how committed you are to your original profession of faith. You may even decide that you need a renewal of your faith.

 

Demonstrate a winning memory by breaking away from the past way of living.
 

 

THURSDAY: Appreciating The Ordinary 5:10-12.

 

10 While the Israelites were camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month. 11 The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. 12 No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.

Joshua 5:10-12

 

Once the Israelites celebrated the Passover in the Land, the miraculous daily provision of manna ceased. Now the Lord’s provision would come the ordinary cycles of life such as harvesting crops in the land. So how often do you look for the miracles of God in the spectacular events and forget that His miracles also are found in the ordinary events of life? Appreciate the ordinary way God meets your daily needs such as a steady income, a warm home, a full refrigerator. Appreciate the protection He gives you daily as you move about this Promised Land where He called you to live, work, and play. Don’t become so enthralled in looking for the miraculous that you forget the ordinary ways God works in your life.

 

Take a moment today and make a note of at least twenty ways God has blessed you in the ordinary. Spend 15 minutes expressing your profound gratitude for all God has done for you. I bet you won’t stop at twenty.

 

Demonstrate a winning memory by appreciating the ordinary.
 

 

FRIDAY: Taking Advantage Of Teachable Moments 4:6-7; 23-24.

 
 

Go back to the beginning of the week and review these verses.

 

The memorial stones were to provide teachable moments for parents with their children. Parents, whenever you remember the Lord’s Supper and observe baptism, take advantage of those teachable moments with your kids to talk about the Scriptural significance with them. The memorial stones were also intended to be a witness to other nations as well. Share what the Lord has done in your life in overcoming obstacles. They are opportunities for you to witness to the power of God.

 

Forgetting what the Lord has done for you will lead you to priorities that are upside down…disobedient living, and the lack of a vibrant witness to others in our Promised Land where we live, work, and play. Take the memorial stone with a cross on it that you received Sunday with you and leave it in a place where it will remind you to live out your faith. But also, as people ask you about it, share what God has done in your life. That’s how winning memories work.

 


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ONE: “Prescription for Anxiety”

One: “Prescription for Anxiety”

Philippians 4:4-9

May 29 – June 2, 2017

 

 

More than 20 million adults across the United States currently suffer from a mood disorder. Defined as mental and emotional disorder that is classified by the lowering or elevation of an

individual’s mood; there are a plethora of disorders that fall under this condition.

Most common are bipolar and clinical depression, but seasonal affective disorder (SAD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder

, general anxiety disorder (GAD),

and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (a mental condition in children that causes constant irritability that results in regular temper tantrums), also fall under this spectrum.

These debilitating mental conditions can create a feeling of anguish and cause physical ailments as well. They can prohibit a person from being able to function normally from day-to-day. While some of these disorders emerge from a chemical imbalance in the brain, others may be simply caused by environmental factors, or even genetics. It’s not an exact science. As with any disorder, the first step is identifying an issue, so that one can seek treatment to help ease any lingering signs or symptoms.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms can vary, but they may include:

  • Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event
  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
  • Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank”

Physical signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension or muscle aches
  • Trembling, feeling twitchy
  • Being easily startled
  • Worrying about excessively worrying
  • Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision
  • Carrying every option in a situation all the way out to its possible negative conclusion
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches

It affects 18% of adults in the United States in any given year; with a lifetime prevalence of 29% of all Americans. Anxiety is the anticipation of future threat. i

Unless you happen to live with General Anxiety Disorder, as we do with some of our family members, it is unlikely that you can fully appreciate how debilitating this mood disorder can be. Anxiety or worry is something that we all deal with at one time or another. The disorder is not a difference in kind, but a difference in degree that exists along a spectrum that all of us experience. Some of us do better than

others. What we have discovered is that you cannot wish it away or guilt it away. It is genuinely adisease caused by environmental constraints or chemical imbalances or both. If you suffer from this mood disorder, it will be easier to comply with Paul’s admonitions if you first address this.

 
Somebody once said that if we worry about something that may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, we wasted a worry. But, if we worry about something that may happen tomorrow and it does, then we have to worry twice.
 

Consider a world where things that most of you would accept as normal appear life threatening. That is the world of General Anxiety Disorder.

According to the Mayo Clinic,

The two main treatments for generalized anxiety disorder are psychotherapy and medications. You may benefit most from a combination of the two. It may take some trial and error to discover which treatments work best for you. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases- conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20024562

And yet, Scripture repeatedly teaches us that we are

not to be anxious about things

in our life. Against the backdrop of the reality of general anxiety disorder, let’s see this week if we can make sense out of Paul’s instructions to the Philippians.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9.

Right off the bat you see the command “

do not be anxious about anything

…” Anxiety is not a new problem but an age old problem in the Christian life. Why, as a Christ follower are you told NOT to be anxious? Perhaps we can distinguish between KINDS of anxiety first of all.
 

There are four Scriptural reasons:

One, Jesus taught that anxiety over basic needs makes us like those who don’t know Him.

In

Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus told the disciples not to worry about basic needs and in verse 32 He gave the reason…

32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

The Gentiles here referred to those who were separated from God. Therefore, as Jesus’ disciple you are not too worry about basic needs because you are to be different from those who don’t know Christ.

Two, Jesus taught that anxiety distracts us from what’s important…the Lord.

You are familiar with the story of Jesus visiting the house of Mary and Martha. Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to Him while Martha was frantically rushing about making dinnef. Jesus told Martha,

“you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary…” (My paraphrase) Mary got it right .

Anxiety can result from misplaced priorities and thus can distract you from what’s important… knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.

Three, Jesus taught that anxiety chokes God’s Word.

In Matthew 13, Jesus told the Parable of the four soils where the seed sowed in the soil was the Word of God and the four types of soil represented the hearts of people. In verses 7 and 22, He said that the seed that fell among the thorns grew but the thorns choked it. The thorns were represented by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches that choses the Word causing it to be unfruitful.

Fourth, God’s Word teaches that anxiety makes you unstable.

James 1:6-8 says that the one who doubts is “double-minded, unstable in all his ways.” When you are anxious or worried about things, then you demonstrate a lack of faith or doubt that results in instability making you again look like the rest of the world around us rather than the stability of trusting in the Lord.

As Paul wrote the Philippians, instability was his focus as he commanded them “do not be anxious about anything…” In 4:1, Paul gave the command to “stand firm thus in the Lord…” The Christians at Philippi could not stand firm as ONE with unresolved conflict in their midst. But also, they could not stand firm as ONE while they were riddled with anxiety. They had a good reason to be anxious because of the persecution they were experiencing from the citizens of Philippi. However, the root meaning of anxious is “drawn in different directions”ii or to be divided. When you are divided by anxious thoughts the result is instability. Therefore, to overcome anxiety you must first ensure you do not have an undiagnosed or untreated General Anxiety Disorder. Then you can overcome anxiety by casting all your cares on HIM…because He cares for you. (As my bride says, “God’s got this!”) First Celina, for us to stand as ONE in a divided world, we must overcome anxiety so that we have a united mind.

Therefore, as Paul wrote Philippians 4:4-9, he addressed the life issue of anxiety and helps us answer the question, “How can I overcome anxiety?” Like a doctor writing a prescription for anti-anxiety medication, Paul wrote a prescription to tell us how to relieve anxiety.

Let’s assume at this point that you have dealt with the issue of General Anxiety Disorder if you have it. So let’s see if we can get a Prescription for dealing with the anxieties of living.
 
 

MONDAY: Prescription #1: An attitude of joy in a person… the Lord v. 4.

Two times in verse 4, we find the command to “

rejoice!” However, it does not say, “rejoice some of the time” but “rejoice all the time

.” That’s kind of a strange command coming from a guy who was
imprisoned. What a powerful command coming from a guy who didn’t really know whether he would live or die. But notice, he does not say to rejoice

in

your circumstances. Circumstances can be tough. The circumstances of your world today are not ideal. There is a great deal of corruption and wickedness.
There is a great deal sickness, disease, and death in the world. In your life, there may be hurt, financial strain, illness or grief. These can be the tough stuff of life that bring about anxiety, but that’s why it’s important to note he does not say rejoice

in the circumstances but rather rejoice in a person…the Lord Jesus Christ. An important pearl for me is, “When I cannot trace God’s hand, I will trust His heart.”

 

Prescription #2: An attitude of prayerful gratitude v. 6.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Prayers, supplication, and requests are how to worship God by presenting the needs of your life to Him. Prayer characterized the life of Christ and is an example of the self- sacrificing mindset of Christ where you can acknowledge your need for God. These are requests that arise right out of the circumstances that make you anxious. But these are not just any requests, they are requests presented with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Prescription #3: An attitude of quality thinking v. 8, 9.

In verse 8, Paul gave the command “

think on these things.” This particular word refers to careful reflection

.iii The command is to carefully think on good quality things. So much of your anxiety takes place in your mind, what we are thinking about, and many times what you worry about never happens.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Standards, a dense fog covering 7 city blocks to a depth of a hundred feet condensed into water wouldn’t quite fill a drinking glass.

Like a dense fog, the things you worry about generally have little substance to them. Paul said to carefully reflect on quality things and he lists several areas of quality thinking for us.

Then, he offers one final command in verse 9, “

practice these things…” In other words, like a doctor, he says, “Follow the prescription I’ve just given you

.”

So let’s look at some practical applications of these prescriptions for your life.

How to Overcome Anxiety:

 
 

 

TUESDAY: Taking your eyes off the circumstances and letting them rise to ONE who sits above all the circumstances v. 4. “Rejoice in the Lord”

God’s Word commands in verse 4. Your anxiety over the uncertainty of circumstances demonstrates that you think things are out of control, however, that’s not true. They are never out of control, because God’s in control.

6 The Lord does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths. Psalm 135:6 (NLT)

1 The Lord reigns let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad.

Psalm 97:1

Let’s put it this way. God does whatever He pleases, with whomever He chooses, whenever He wishes. Period…end of story. Your circumstances are no exception. God’s got this. Take your eyes off your circumstances and let them rise to the ONE who sits above all the circumstances.
 
 

WEDNESDAY: Praying with an attitude of gratitude v. 6.

In verse Paul taught the Philippians to pray by presenting their specific requests before God, but to do so with

thanksgiving. Why thankfulness? Because, anxiety is based on fear and doubt, but thankfulness is based on faith and trust.

Gratitude is based on faith and trust. Faith that…

God is good…All the time. All the time…God is good. (Wash-rinse- repeat)

29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 118:29

God has a plan,

(My personal translation)

28 For my God is at work in EVERYTHING to do good to those who love Him and who have been called by Him into His service. Romans 8:28 (DIT)*

So here I am again reminding myself that when I can’t trace God’s hand, I’ll trust His heart. You’ve heard me tell you before about Arthur John Gossip – Scottish preacher – on the death of his beloved wife, Those of you who live in the light can believe if you want to, but those of us who live in the dark must…we have no choice.

 

Here is a portrait of a man whose beloved wife died suddenly and he preached this sermon on the same day. It’s worth a read:
 
 

THURSDAY: Carefully reflecting on what is true v. 8.

When you are worried about stuff, it’s generally being worried about things that have not happened yet and may not ever come to pass. How often do you spend time thinking on those things that are deceptive and are illusions?

  • Carefully reflect on what you know to be true. I could make you a list, but that would defeat the purpose. Stop right here and write down at least 50 things you know to be true about God, about your family, about salvation, about the Holy Spirit, about eternity and…well that’s a start. 50…I’ll wait right here until you get
  • God’s promises are true. Now get a clean sheet of paper and here are a few more hints:

https://www.amazingfacts.org/bible-study/gods-promises

  • In John 6, after Jesus fed the 5000 and He walked on the water, the crowds scurried around the lake looking for Him to feed them again. Jesus reminded them that it was important to remember what God has done for them in the past when they worried about tomorrow. Good advice then…and

Jesus told the disciples to look at how God takes care of the birds and the flowers and know that He will take care of you because you are more valuable to Him. Go for a walk; watch the birds, look at the springtime flowers and reflect on the truth that God will take care of you.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly

Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown

into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God [a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT)
 

FRIDAY: Carefully Reflect On Loving God And Serving Others v. 8-9

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

You get it? Think about what is true…honorable…just…pure…lovely…commendable. William Barclay notes that this means to give to God and man what is due to them.iv God simply said you are to love Him and practice serving and loving other people.

  • Love God by spending some time every day worshipping Him. Sing a hymn, read a Psalm, make a list of your gratitudes, pray…you get the
  • Love others by serving them. I’ll wear you out with this Findlay Edge prayer that has meant so much to me over the years. You’ve heard it before: Dear God help me to be so loving and caring and sensitive to others that You will place before me today somebody for whom I can be Jesus with skin-on and to do so graciously in Your Holy name. (That’s not exactly the words, but you get the gist.) Now go do

When you are anxious you are focused on yourself, but by finding practical ways to serve others you will take your mind off yourself and your problems. Many times serving others with their problems, gives you new perspective on your circumstances. Carefully reflect on loving God and serving others.

These are a few of the applications that we can put into action to follow the prescription to overcome anxiety. And as anxious patients, we want to know what this prescription will do for us. In joy, grace will emanate from your life. In verse 5, “

let your reasonableness be known…” “Reasonablenesscan be translated with such grace that it might well mean to show kindness when retaliation is expected

. When you are anxious, you can become a prickly person, like a cactus, in your response to others.
Just as an example, how often are you tempted to ‘retaliate’ when an inconsiderate driver cuts you off on the highway? Or is that just me? However, if I am being joyful in the Lord, grace will emanate from my life. In my thankfulness, I need to repeat often…

“the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard my heart and mind…

Like a soldier watching over a city, there will be divine peace that is beyond this world’s comprehension guarding your heart and mind. An attitude of quality thinking will reward you with the presence of God… “

the God of peace will be with you

.” Grace, divine peace and God himself will give you stability in a world that is divided by anxiety.
i

http://www.rtor.org/anxiety/?gclid=CLKfxdaV-tMCFQKoaQod-EoInw

ii Earle, Ralph.

Word Meanings in the New Testament.

Hendrickson Publishing, 1986. 345.

iii Logos Bible Software Exegetical guide.

* Dick Ivey Translation

iv Barclay, William.

The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians.

Westminster John Knox Press, 1975. 80.

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