Sunday's message was based from Philippians 4:6-7. This is Paul writing to confused, scared, and new followers of Christ. How do we experience peace in the middle of chaos. How do you have peace in the middle of a new corona virus outbreak. Brandon Cox shared earlier this week in an email on this very subject.
Fear, worry, and anxiety are all cousins. Fear is our reaction to something that intimidates us. Worry is what happens when we dwell on our fears. And anxiety is when worry works its way into our very physiology. And in our culture, we’re very anxious.
The big question is, how do you move from fear, worry, and anxiety to peace with life? Sometimes you may experience anxiety resulting from chemical issues in the brain or past trauma. If you suffer from that kind of anxiety, talking to people about it regularly, including your physician and a trained counselor, is going to be very important to your journey. But for the kind of anxiety that almost all of us suffer from, there’s a relatively simple antidote to worry that ushers us into a place of peace: gratitude.
Is peace even possible in a world like ouThe Apostle Paul spelled it out this way:
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
The advice, “don’t be anxious about anything,” by itself, would seem dismissive and impossible. From money to health to relationships to the news headlines, we have plenty of things to be anxious about. But Paul gives us God’s solution.
In every situation… by prayer and petition… with thanksgiving…
Thanksgiving is the secret to living at peace with your life. When you can be thankful for any circumstance, you can overcome worry.rs? Yes it is.
I have plenty of reasons to worry and to be honest I use to worry alot. So how did I overcome it. Simple, I am thankful. I live each day grateful that God loved a sinner like me and saved me through a bigger grace. I thank God for putting a wife in my life who helps, encourages and supports me. I thank God for a relatives, and friends who pray for me. I thank God for my church family who He brought us together because I needed them. I could go on and on. So try it. Analyze what you do have instead of worried about what you do not have or have any control over. Remember the words of Jesus "My Peace I give you, it is a peace that the world cannot give." thanks for reading, see you next week. Pastor Eddie.