March 27th, 2007
Exams are a big cause of anxiety. Having to speak in public is a big worry producer. There’s often a lot of nervousness before a big sporting contest. You might get an anxiety attack if you’re about to meet someone famous or someone that you really want to impress — perhaps at a job interview or on a first date — or if you’re approaching a situation where there is likely to be a confrontation, perhaps with some anger and violence. According to Paul, the best way to get rid of anxiety in life is to hand the worries over to God, have faith that he has your best interests at heart, and thank him for taking care of the problems.
Paul’s Letter to the Philippians — Chapter 4
4:1 Friends, my pride and joy, I love you and long for you. Remain true to the Lord, my dear friends. 4:2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to reconcile in the Lord. 4:3 Yes, and I ask you, my true comrade, to help these women, because they worked for the Good News with me, and also with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice! 4:5 Your kindness should be evident to everybody. The Lord is near. 4:6 Don’t be worried about anything. Tell God everything you desire by praying and asking and giving thanks. 4:7 The peace of God, which is too great to understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
4:8 Finally, friends, focus your minds on things which are true, things which are honourable, things which are right, things which are pure, things which are agreeable, things which are praiseworthy, anything which is good or admirable. 4:9 Do the things which you learned from me, which I gave you, which you heard from me, and which you saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you. 4:10 I am very grateful to the Lord that you have at last thought about me again. You actually have been thinking about me, but did not have an opportunity. 4:11 I am not saying that I am short of anything, because I have learned to be content in any conditions. 4:12 I know how to live in poverty, and I know how to live in prosperity in any and all circumstances. I have experienced both being full and being hungry, both having plenty and not having enough. 4:13 I can do all this through the one who strengthens me. 4:14 But it was good of you to share in my troubles. 4:15 Philippians, you know that when I started proclaiming the Good News in Macedonia, no church other than you shared with me by giving and receiving. 4:16 Even in Thessalonica you helped me out more than once when I was in need. 4:17 I am not looking for a gift, but I want to see your blessings increase. 4:18 I have all I need and more. I am well stocked with the gifts that you sent through Epaphroditus, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and pleasing offering to God. 4:19 My God will meet every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 4:20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
4:21 Greet every believer in Christ Jesus. The believers who are with me greet you. 4:22 All the believers greet you, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. 4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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