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.
1. What insight, principle or observation from this week’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye opening or troubling? Please explain.
2. What gets you anxious? Was there a time or season in your life where you were extra anxious? How can anxiety lead a person to self-destruct (if you have a personal story and are willing to share your own struggle, be vulnerable and share it)?
3. How does telling someone “just stop it” not help when they are struggling with anxiety?
4. Read Philippians 4:4. Paul started tackling anxiety by calling us to rejoice. Can a person rejoice and be anxious at the very same time? How might joy (rejoicing) help in pushing out anxious thoughts?
5. Closely tied to rejoicing is gratitude and thankfulness. Since its thanksgiving weekend, what 5 things are you especially thankful for right now?
6. Verse 4 says, “rejoice in the Lord.” What are your “10-character traits of God”? Or, which card or two did you take Sunday that speaks to your anxiety? How does rejoicing in the Lord in those ways alleviate anxiety for you?
7. Read verse 5-7. What else in this passage is helpful or encouraging in regard to fighting off anxious thoughts? How can you cast your cares and anxiety onto God through prayer?
Fear see's trouble, anxiety imagines it.
It’s difficult to be anxious and rejoice at the very same time.
1. God is near.
2. God loves…me.
3. God provides.
4. God is sovereign.
5. God’s power is greater.
6. God’s got this.
7. God is just.
8. God forgives.
9. God is not surprised.
10. God is kind.
Your joy rises or falls on the foundation it is built on.
Take a moment and write down your anxieties.
Pray and release it to the Lord, and then symbolically throw that paper away.
Choose from the 10 things listed above (or other truths of God) that you can rejoice in and every time anxiety hits, rejoice in the Lord.