“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Isaiah 26:3 NIV
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:4-6 NIV
The enemy understands the power of your thoughts…
Where Does Anxiety Attack?
- Your thoughts
- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV
- Your body
- “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 NIV
- “My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert;” Psalms 55:4-7 NIV
- Your spirit
- “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
- Your relationships
- “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” Psalms 37:8 NIV
Expect less from people and get more from God.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Psalms 62:5-8 NIV
Spiritual Warfare: Must protect your spirit and mind from attacks
When Anxiety Attacks
- Don’t drop your guard.
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
- Anxiety is a signal to pray.
- Anxiety is a signal to praise.
- Interrupt anxiety with gratitude. Prayer and praise are the pathway to peace.
- Just 12 minutes of focused prayer changes your brain.
- Redirect your thinking.
- “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
- Get undercover.
- “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV
- “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV
Anxiety is a signal to pray and praise, not a sin.
Source: Perfect Peace: Peace for Your Past (VIDEO) Discovery Church Sermon Notes (11/20/2022) Pastor Jason Hanash - Bakersfield, California