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Anxiety

Anxiety

Phil 4-6 Be anxious for nothing

 

Anxiety – first let’s make a difference between anxiety and anxiety disorders. We all may get anxious from time to time but an anxiety disorder occurs when the symptoms are so severe they get in the way of everyday living. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. Panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, social and other types of phobias (fears) or generalized anxieties all have anxiety as their base.

 

Anxiety can range from mild to severe or from normal if you will to abnormal or as we said a disorder. But with Jesus Christ as our anchor we can overcome and live through feelings of anxiety or an anxiety disorder. But the more impact anxiety has on your life the more time you will need to spend in the word of god and in prayer. For some people depending on the symptoms you may need to include medications and counseling. But no matter the degree the word of god can handle it.

 

Philippians 4:6-7Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.



Nebachanezar

What Type of Man?
 
Nebuchadnezzar, the second king of Babylon of that name, is best known as the king who conquered Judah, destroyed Jerusalem, and carried the people of the Jews captive to Babylon. Per reports he was one of the greatest monarchs that Babylon or that part of the country had ever seen.

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Pharaoh of Moses

According to Smith Bible Names Dictionary the Pharaoh of the exodus was either Thothmes III., or Menephthah son of Rameses II., who with his army pursued the Israelites and were overwhelmed in the Red Sea. ttps://www.biblegateway.com/resources/smiths-bible-names-dictionary.

Both of these men, King Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh had a problem with pride. While one man, Nebuchadnezzar eventually humbled himself the other, Pharaoh, did not. Men when you refuse to humble yourself to the will and Word of God, your decision impacts everyone around you to include your children. How many men have made the decision to walk away from their family and in doing so have left their children emotionally damaged and open to feelings of rejection, poverty and pain. How many times has pride in the heart of a man caused him to lose a job or an opportunity because he would not yield? Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments are not a bad thing but when those feelings cause you to exalt yourself above God then you are operating in pride.

Pride: Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others. (Webster http://www.kingjamesbibledictionary.com/Dictionary/pride)

Men don’t let your own thoughts or imaginations cause you to place too much confidence in your thoughts that are contrary to the will of God. The will of God which is found in the Word of God should be the final authority over your life. The principles found in the Word of God should not only lead and guide you in church but in every aspect of your life. So don’t let your pride get in the way of your relationship with Jesus Christ.

In looking at King Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh through the scriptures we see that both of these prideful men were given opportunities to humble their hearts before they were judged. We know from the scripture that Pharaoh hardened his hard on at least three occasions (Exodus 9:7, 8:32, 8:15) and as a result had to endure a series of unpleasant plagues before eventually having to yield to God anyway.

We also know that Nebuchadnezzar on at least three occasions came face to face with the power of God but his pride prevented him from recognizing that power as being relevant to him. But eventually after a seven-year test not only did he humble himself he recognized God as being the only God.

Remember after the three Hebrew boys were found to be unharmed after having been thrown into the fiery furnace in Daniel 3:28-29 the king

said Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

And again in Daniel Chapter 2:47 which reads….King Nebeahdnezzar after having had a dream that only Daniel could interpret answered Daniel and said

Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

Pay attention to the phrase “your god” in this verse. He just like many of you men was familiar with God. He had seen this God work and knew that he was powerful but he had not yet humbled himself to that power.

You are familiar with God because your wife talks about him or because you heard your mother pray to him. Yes, you praise that God because you can’t deny that a miracle has happened but you are not ready to humble yourself to the point that you acknowledge him as your God. In other words, it’s great that your wife is praying but that is her God not yours. It’s ok for your mother and grandmother to go to church because that’s what women do. But God will not give up on any man.

You see again in Daniel 4:27 the King after having had another troubling dream that only Daniel could interpret was told what was going to happen to him, why it was going to happen and was encouraged to change his ways as outlined in

Daniel 4:27 which reads Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.

But again pride kept him from humbling himself and a year later the very thing that Daniel predicted in Daniel 4 came to pass as we see in Daniel 4:30-37. The good news is that while he had to endure a period of chastisement he finally recognized God as his God and humbled himself as we read in Daniel 4:34-37 in which he says

:   And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Sadly, the king had to lose his sense of self, his job and his thoughts before he got the hint. What do you have to lose before you humble yourself to God? Use Jesus Christ as your example and humble yourself to Jesus. Jesus Christ humbled himself to the will of the Father, he humbled himself so that Gods will could be done in him and the earth.

Philippians 2:5

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is

Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 God knew the king needed at least seven years to humble himself and pharaoh even after several plagues never would, which man are you?



Can You Be Trusted

 

Scripture:
Ruth 2:2. And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. From the scriptures, we can also see that he is from Bethlehem

Ruth 4 12-22 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. 13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, 19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Boaz was an honest man, safe man, a man that a woman could be safe with and find rest, he was thoughtful and not given to being overcome with emotions, he evaluated events, checked things out and did things in order. God trusted him. Can god trust you? Can your family and friends trust you? If not stop and ask God to make you a man of God that can be trusted. Men, we need men like never before who can stand up and be counted, men who can stand up and cover their families in prayer and with the Word of God. The Lord and the World needs a man that can be trusted



Past Hurts

Past Hurts

 

 Allowing emotions associated with our past hurts to negatively influence our lives can lead to a variety of unhealthy behaviors and thoughts that can prevent us from trusting the Word of God in the now. Living in the shadows of past hurts can cause us to react in the present to something that happened in the past. James 1:8 states that, “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways,” and St. Mathew 9:17, warns us against “putting new wine in old wineskins.” When we try to cover up our hurts as opposed to allowing God to heal them, we are not free. When we are trying to cover up our feelings and hurts using man-made defenses, we are in a sense attempting to place new wine in old wineskins. But God does not want us to go through life nursing old hurts, or reacting in the present to something that happened in the past. While man-made defenses may seem to protect us from the negative feelings we are trying to avoid, they often come with unexpected consequences.

For instance, in order to shield ourselves from the hurts of our past we may find ourselves withdrawing from people, masking our feelings with alcohol, getting into abusive relationships, and or allowing feelings of rejection to control our lives. Additionally, unhealed past hurts can cause us to be oversensitive in certain areas of our lives, and to misinterpret or to react inappropriately to things and people around us. When we internalize the hurts of the past we can spend the rest our lives allowing past hurts to control our present, and cause us to reject people who want to love us.

For example, if someone that reminded you of someone who hurt you many years ago said something that you did not like, are you able to separate that person from the person who hurt you in the past? If not, you run the risk of not being able to develop the type of relationship that Jesus Christ would desire for you to have with that person. Lastly, do you go through life feeling as if people are always out to get you? Are you able to have friends or people around you who disagree with you, without feeling as if you have to prove your point or to be right? Do you find yourself always overreacting or snapping at people for no reason? Please understand that we can’t go through life being negatively controlled by past hurts, and expect to be greatly used by God. We can’t serve God effectively if we are always thinking that people are out to hurt us, or are reacting in the present to something that happened in the past (Hunt, 1999). Don’t let past hurts control your perceptions of the present, and destroy the good things that God has in store for you. 

 

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Be Honest

Assessment-Sometimes we all need to conduct a honest, biblically based assessment or evaluation of our lives. This assessment should include a hard look at our thoughts, feelings and behaviors as well as our strengths and weaknesses. Doing so can help us to identify those areas in our lives that if not dealt with now can cause us problems latter in our lives.

Unfortunately, some of us have been hurt so much in our past that we equate any situation or person that points out a flaw in our lives as the enemy when this is not always the case.  Don’t lie to yourself about yourself and don’t let other people lie either. Face up to your mistakes, realize your triggers, identify the doors in which the enemy can come in, set up precautions and yield to the Lord.

Not being honest about who you are can put you in a situation in which you are blindsided or leave a door open for the enemy to come in. When you ignore or minimize problems, it prevents you from being honest with yourself. It’s ok to want to believe the best about other people or ourselves, but to do so while overlooking blatant character issues or habits is not wise. How many people are in martial counseling now over issues that should have been dealt with before they got married but instead they ignored the issue, convinced themselves that they were different from other people, or told themselves that they could change the person.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about confrontation of issues not ignoring them. The Lord loves you flaws and all which is why He came to redeem us back to Himself. His spirt will lead and guide us into all truth but we have to ask Him for the power to be honest and to repent. Don’t minimize, overlook or make excuses.  You don’t have to do that, because the Spirt of God in you can handle you.  Some people minimize problems, shortcomings or weaknesses because they feel that by identifying problems they are somehow being disloyal to the person, to God or to themselves. Don’t do that.  Identify your triggers, bring them to the cross and be free. Not being honest keeps you in bondage to your flaws and puts you in a situation in which you are pretending to be something that you are not. For example, how many people are dealing with lust, anger and fear but who are going to church Sunday after Sunday pretending to be free. Don’t pretend when you can be free in Jesus. When you are honest the enemy can’t keep you in bondage with fear. Fear that people will know what you are thinking, fear that you will say the wrong thing, fear that people will not understand, fear that you don’t fit in, fear of judgement etc. The key to walking in the liberty in which Jesus Christ has made you free is to be honest. Remember a Biblically based assessment is not afraid to look at both the good and bad, a biblically based thought pattern does not walk around only looking at the good in life or thinking positive, instead a Biblically based mindset takes into account both the good and evil and biblically takes an honest look at what needs to be changed.

 

Trigger – anything, as and act or event, that serves as a stimulus and initiates or precipitates a reaction or series of reactions (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/trigger)

 

Proverbs 26:2

 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

 

1 John 2 1-3

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.



 

 

 

 

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