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0313- Fighting Anxiety with the Word of God 以神的话语抗击焦虑

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 

We should take charge of our thought life so that we can keep the peace in our mind. We can have this perfect peace (which is different to the peace from the world) when we stay focused on God by trusting Him rather than being affected by our circumstances. Worship helps us to keep our mind on God and reminds us of His greatness.

We can determine what our brain thinks about. Rubbish in, rubbish out. STOP the devil from inflicting fear through our thought life. Guard your thoughts and close the door to the devil.

A prayer when you are anxious:

I am a child of the living God and is deeply loved by the Heavenly Father. God is interested in my life because my name is written in the Book of Life and He has inscribed me on the palms of His hands. Since I am hidden in Christ therefore I have the imputed righteousness of God. God’s eyes and ears are on me and is listening to my prayer. God’s grace is available to sustain me during the times when I am weak. I have cast all my anxieties on Him and He cares for me. The Bible says that though I am hard-pressed on every side, I will not be crushed because of His grace; when I feel perplexed, but I will not be in despair; He will guide me, I might be persecuted, but I am not forsaken because He will never leave me; and if I feel struck down, I will not be destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). God’s intrinsic and inherent power is working within me to give me the ability, the strength, the wisdom, the might, and the capability to deal with the current situation. God’s grace is sufficient for me because His strength is fully manifested in my weakness. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His grace and strength are like the “cushioning effect” between me and the hard place. God has a good plan for my life. His will in heaven be done on earth for me. I am convinced that His heavenly plan is good and perfect because there is nothing bad nor evil in heaven. James 1:17 (NKJV) says that “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. He is the God of the how much more, since we love our children and have good plans for them then how much more has God good plans and intent for me (Matthew 7:11). Proverbs 3:5-6 says to trust the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding but in all my ways acknowledge Him and He will make my path straight. I will trust the Lord and place my life in His hands. I am in good hands. God’s hand. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind. Therefore, I can think clearly and my thoughts are crystalized. Fear and anxiety do not belong to me but a sound and balanced mind is mine. The Holy Spirit is my teacher, comforter and helper, therefore He is able to teach me in every situation. He will lead and guide me to know what to do as I seek the face of the Lord. I choose to anchor my faith in the Word that God has given to me because Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) says that “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Therefore, I am not moved by what I see, feel and experience but my faith is anchored in the Word. The Word of God gives substance to my faith.

Sermon Series: Don’t Panic

 以神的话语抗击焦虑 

以赛亚书26:3 坚心倚赖你的,你必保守他十分平安,因为他倚靠你。 

我们务必主动管理我们内在思想活动, 这样才能保持心思意念的平安. 当我们籍着信靠神而专注于神, 不听任周围环境的搅扰, 我们就能拥有这完美的平安(这有别于属世的平安). 敬拜帮助我们定睛于神并提醒我们想起神的伟大。

 我们能够决定自己的大脑所思考的内容. 输入的是垃圾, 输出的也必是垃圾. 阻断撒旦通过我们的思想活动来引入恐惧. 守卫你的思想活动. 关闭通向撒旦的门。 

焦虑时的祷告

 我是永生神的孩子, 是天父深爱的孩子. 天父关心我的生命,因为我的名字记在生命册上, 铭刻在天父掌上. 我因藏在基督里而得以在神面前称义。 神的眼目看顾我,祂的耳也垂听我的祷告。 当我软弱的时候,神的恩典支撑我,我将一切的焦虑交托于祂,祂看顾我。 圣经里说,我们四面受敌,却因祂的恩典而不被困住;心里作难,却不致失望;祂必引导我,我遭逼迫,却不被丢弃,因祂不会撇下我;打倒了,却不至死亡。(哥林多后书4:8-9) .

 神内在的大能在我的里面做工, 给予我恩赐, 力量, 智慧, 大能, 才干去应对当前的境况. 神的恩典够我用的,因为神的能力是在人的软弱上显得完全。我靠着那加给我力量的,凡事都能做。当我处于艰难之地时, 神的恩典和大能给予我一个缓冲地带. 神对于我的生命有一个美好的计划.  神在天上立下的旨意必在地上为我成就.  我确信祂属天的计划是美善且完全的, 因为天上没有败坏也没有邪恶.  

雅各书1:17说: “各样美善的恩赐和各样全备的赏赐都是从上头来的, 从众光之父那里降下来的;在他并没有改变,也没有转动的影儿。” 你们虽然不好,尚且知道拿好东西给儿女,何况你们在天上的父,岂不更把好东西给求他的人吗?(马太福音7:11).

 箴言3:5-6说要专心仰赖耶和华,不可倚靠自己的聪明,在你一切所行的事上都要认定他,他必指引你的路。我信靠主, 将自己的生命全然交托在祂手中. 我在良善的手中, 神的手中. 提摩太后书1:7 说因为神赐给我们,不是胆怯的心,乃是刚强、仁爱、谨守的心。因此, 我的思路清晰了, 想法也就澄净了. 

恐惧和焦虑不属于我, 相反, 我拥有的是健全而平衡的头脑. 圣灵是我的导师, 安慰和保惠师, 因此, 在任何境况下, 祂都能教导我. 当我寻求主的面, 祂就带领和引导让我知道当做的事. 我选择将我的信心锚定在神赐予我们的圣经里, 因为希伯来书11:1里说: “信就是所望之事的实底, 未见之事的确据” 因此, 那些眼见、感觉和经历都不能动摇我, 我的信心锚定在神的话语里. 神的话语是我信心的实底. 

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