Anyone watching this at some point in your life has to deal with worry and anxiety and fear. The secret is how to handle it in the blink of an eye. I remember a story that happened when I was 15 years old. It started with a soccer match on Saturday. A few hard tackles resulted in an altercation that escalated into a full-blown fight two months later. I had 5 stitches on my head. It wasn’t as painful as five stitches, but I was worried about the aftermath. finished? Will we start fighting again? I’ve spent years looking over my shoulder, trying to avoid the wrong people, and getting stuck in the wrong neighborhoods.
About two years after the headbutting incident, I was in Belfast city center with my girlfriend and walked next to me at a traffic light, and it was the very same man we had had a fight with. And he said to me, Nice to meet you again. ’ And he keeps walking. So he keeps walking! I’ve been worrying about another fight for two years, but he doesn’t think about it.
And that is the danger of worry and anxiety and fear. It grabs your life. Most of the time the other person doesn’t think about it. Worry, anxiety, fear, unforgivable. They are all true destroyers of character, and that is not what Jesus wants in our lives. I say don’t worry about anything.
I would like to read aloud from the Bible Philippians 4:6. “Don’t worry about anything. In everything, make your wishes known to God by prayers and requests with gratitude.” Don’t worry about anything. The word “anxiety” literally means “to be torn in two”, and sometimes worry and fear and anxiety can cause it. Richard Foster, in his book A Celebration Of Discipline invites you to put your palms on your feet, take a prayer position, and let go of all worries, burdens, and fears. And as we conclude today, I ask you to pray your own prayers, your highest prayers, and surrender your worries, burdens, and fears to Jesus. let’s pray
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