Here are the raw notes from our Bible teaching on the subject of: Anxiety.
This teaching is Week 2 in our six-week Bible teaching series: This Changes Everything
Broadcasted and Published Sunday, April 26, 2020
Credit and References: Special thanks to pastors and friends like Kevin Myers, Kevin Queen, and Max Lucado for their biblical teaching on mental health. Their writing and teachings have been resources our teaching team has been inspired by in preparation for this teaching series.
Series theme: “Change your thinking, change your life.”
“We all remember what we wish we could forget, and forget what we wish we could remember.” – Kevin Queen
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
JESUS KNEW – how the human mind works.
When worry comes and we feel overwhelmed, we can forget.
Anxiety causes us to forget.
In this time, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to mess with the way we think about the past and present. Because of how we think, determines our future.
Anxiety causes us to forget because anxiety in the present moment causes us to hurry or become paralyzed with fear.
PARALYZED – our minds obsess about a problem – our bodies are present, but our minds are somewhere else.
EVERYONE STRUGGLES WITH ANXIETY – some more than others.
It’s natural for the human mind to lean towards worry.
We all worry about our kids, health, careers, finances…we all had plenty to worry about before covid-19.
Now with Covid we have an overwhelming amount of things to be anxious about.
Anxiety in Latin means – choke, or suffocate. Like a boot on your chest, and you don’t have enough strength to take a breath under the weight of worry.
Have you ever felt so anxious you couldn’t breathe? Me too…
Some people have more anxiety than others…
Some people are wired to handle more stress than others. They tend to be drawn to high-risk activities, like mountain climbing, skydiving, wrestling alligators, and karaoke.
Some people have a typical response to stress.
Some people are wired to be more prone to feel anxious when they experience more stress. Most psychologists believe this is genetic. So for example, some of us being in a large crowd can trigger some level of anxiousness as it may be climbing a mountain.
So let me make something real clear. We all have anxiety, and we all have FAITH!
Just because you have anxiety in life, does not mean you have less faith.
You may not need more faith, you may need a friend to help you remember.
Remember – Anxiety causes us to forget.
When you are Anxious, you don’t need more faith, you need a friend because we all forget.
Someone in your life is anxious – feeling hurried and paralyzed. And you need to come alongside them as a friend. Helping them remember. Because when we change the way we think, we can change our lives!
That’s why GOD IS WITH US…a friend who comes close to change the way we think..
Paul is writing from a prison cell in Rome about peace.
He has no idea what the future will look like?
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
1 – WE RENOVATE ANXIETY WITH WORSHIP
V.4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
- Worship and worry can not co-exist in your life at the same time.
- We can’t focus on God’s glory and focus on our problems at the same time.
- When we focus on the small things we forget about the big things
- We forget about the power of our Heavenly Father that is at work all around us, who is for us, loves us, has a plan for our lives!
- One good thing about this Covid-19 Pandemic, it’s teaching us how to take worship with us into everyday life.
- So we can rejoice in the Lord always…not just on Sunday at a building, but on a Tuesday in our living room, or Thursday in our backyard, on Saturday in our garage.
- REJOICING helps us REMEMBER
- And who you will be in life depends on how you think…how you remember.
2 – WE RENOVATE ANXIETY WITH GENTLENESS
V.5 “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
- Gentleness is a calm presence in the midst of crisis, confusion or conflict
- Gentleness is choosing to be a kind person to a hurting person.
- Hurting people have a way of raising our anxiety.
- Anxiety and worry cause us to FOCUS on our self and FORGET about others.
Gentleness is OTHERS FOCUSED
- Jesus knew – Someone will need you to focus on them and when it would be easier to focus on your self. This draw to be focused on your self when others around us are hurting is called Anxiety so
- THE LORD IS NEAR so I can BE GENTLE.
Jesus Led with PEACE
- We always see Jesus in places of great tension, transition, and tragedy – a lot like the times we are living in now.
- And then, just like now, there was plenty to be anxious about.
- Yet Jesus led with an overwhelming sense of peace.
- Even the hours before the cross, where He would be crucified. Jesus had His disciples in the upper room, sitting together around the dinner table.
- Jesus knew they soon would be very anxious, He knew they didn’t need more faith, they would need a friend.
- So He took the bread, and broke it, and said…REMEMBER ME…
- He led them in singing songs, Reminding them with Rejoicing that God is with them, God is for them…
- Even before He was to be arrested, beaten, tortured, rejected, and crucified, HE took the role of a GENTLE SERVANT and washed His disciple’s feet. Telling them, REMEMBER HOW I LOVED YOU, and LOVE OTHERS LIKE ME!
- Then Jesus chose to allow Himself to die on the cross, and 3 days later, HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD, so that YOU and I could have a peace greater than our anxiety.