Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Don't be anxious! 11.22.2015
Dear friend,

Are you ever anxious about anything? Worried about the future? Well, most of us are at times and it seems like we need to be taught over and over again about the futility in worrying and stressing over circumstances that we find ourselves in. We are anxious about many things.

Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian congregation while in prison. He could have given in to frustration, felt sorry for himself, but he did not, for he lived in joy, peace and contentment in the midst of his difficult circumstances. In our message today, we are going to see how he combatted the common thing that faces us all: Anxiety.

Let us read from the letter that he wrote to the Philippians, from chapter 4, verses 4-13. He gives us some instruction of how to not be overcome by anxiety as we will note as we go through these verses.

1. Rejoice in who we are in Him, Who He is to us.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation (gentleness) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.(near)


2. Pray
6 Be careful (don't be anxious) for nothing; but in every thing b y prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

3. Think on godly things.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

4. Not only think, but also do that which the Apostle models as we read from his writings.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

5. Learn Contentment in the Midst of Difficult Circumstances
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.


13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I apologize for the short writing today without much explanation, and illustration, but due to my health struggles I am not able to function very well today, but I at least wanted to write a little. There is much to digest, think about and act upon in these few verses and I want to apply these verses to my life also. May you be blessed by what the Apostle has written to us in these verses.

God bless you!

Pastor Orval

Posted on 22 Nov 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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