We had a great time with our Gateway Small Group as we considered how to overcome anxiety. Here were some of our thoughts:
Have you ever found yourself easily angered and annoyed only to realize your real issue was anxiety?
Or have you ever been so overwhelmed by anxiety you weren’t able to move forward?
Have you ever tried to stop worrying and just find yourself worrying about worrying?
Anxiety competes with faith because they occupy the same space in our hearts and minds.
We cannot fully trust God and remain anxious.
Anxiety is often our attempt to control things that are beyond our control. Anxiety keeps us stuck or moves us to the wrong kind of actions.
Should we trust God OR should we do something about whatever is making us anxious?
Whatever bothers us remains a great place to see the sovereignty of God AND the power of taking personal responsibility both in operation at the same time.
The Scriptures seem to indicate that we need to trust first before we act. Part of trusting God may mean doing something, but we need start by trusting.
Unsure what to do?
1. START WITH TRUSTING GOD
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
2. CONTINUE BY TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” – Philippians 4:6-8
The order remains critical. In trusting God, He will show us how to take personal responsibility. If we try to fix it without God’s perspective we end up going sideways or in an even worse place.