Biblical Anxiety management.

Before you grab the anti psychotics see Paul’s Prison chapter on Anxiety management:

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In the 4 chapter of Philippians Paul gives his believing readers basically a three step plan to anxiety management.

First he says:
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.

“Do not” implies it is a command.
And Paul uses the word “anything” here implying all things not just some things or most things. Paul then exhorts the believers to give their concerns to God while thanking him.
He says in “everything” to present our requests. That implies that there is nothing too great or small that should be left out of God’s hands. Every little thought that bothers us or causes anxiety we ought too bring before the Lord.

Why?

Philippians 4:7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Paul then goes on by saying in verse 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Basically we ought

1) stop worrying
2) start praying and thanking
3) start thinking on good things.
In essence, give your fears and cares to God and then you will have room in your mind to dwell on the Truth of God! Let go of the fear and replace it with truth and trust!

“God be with us and help us all to practice your means of receiving peace”
I believe God is very interested in every little detail

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you

When Peter made wrote this, he was writing to a Church under the fiery persecution and he was referring back to Psalm 55 which says

“1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;2 hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught3 at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me.5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest–7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; “Selah

David said “my thoughts trouble me” because of “the voice of the enemy” as well as the “stare of the wicked”

Satan loves to unsettle our hearts by disturbing our minds. The voice of the enemy. We also face external odd when persecution comes from those who do not love the Lord. The stares of the wicked. Whatever it be in ones life lets remember how David ends the Psalm by saying “cast your cares upon the Lord for he will sustain you”

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