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Matthew 6:25-34

How do you face your fear of the future, your fear of failure, your fear of rejection, or your fear of death. 

Remember fear is:

F– False

E– Evidence

A– Appearing

R– Real

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy” 

The Bible says in Matthew 6: Take no thought” which means “Don’t worry” or “Don’t be anxious.” 

What is worry?

Worry is to be uneasy in the mind, to feel anxiety about something, to fret. Interestingly, it comes from an Old English word that means “to strangle.”

What an appropriate derivation! Worry strangles our peace of mind and our enjoyment of life. There’s a direct connection between fear and worry.

God instructs us not to worry, and Scripture overwhelms us with reasons for not being anxious.

Worry is unnecessary because of your Father (verse 26-30).

Worry is unreasonable because of your faith (verse 31-33).

Worry is unwise because of your future (verse 34).

There are several things you can do to help you overcome your worry and anxiety. 

Meditate On God’s Word Daily

Plan a time daily when you can spend some time—even if it’s only fifteen minutes—reading the Bible. Think about what you read and go over the phrases. Put your name in place of the pronouns, applying each verse to specific situations in your life. 

Condition Yourself To Relax

Choose a phrase from Scripture or a hymn that you can repeat to yourself at the first hint of anxiety. “‘Tell it to Jesus” or “God cares for me” or “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” As you repeat the phrase, you will encourage yourself with its message and remind yourself to relax.

Listen To Soothing Music

Just as David’s music on the harp soothed King Saul’s anxiety and depression, hymns and spiritual songs are wonderful tranquilizers for us today. 

Haven’t you had the experience of hearing or singing a song that lifted your spirits and eased your mind? 

Talk Through Your Problems

Dr. Ben Graham – Lead Pastor Of Music City Baptist Church 

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