Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God series: Worries Impact Our Spiritual Lives [OA01_05].
Worries Impact Our Spiritual Lives.

Worries Impact Our Spiritual LivesOvercome Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God

Worry does not only hurt our emotional and physical health, but also damages our spiritual lives.

Anxiety kills faith, focuses on human resources, strips us of any sense of peace, deadens the effectiveness of God’s Word, and doesn’t allow us to love others.

Cripples our belief (Mat. 6:30)
Worry cripples our faith. We have a ‘little faith.’ Worry breeds on doubt.
"But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)
Limits our resources (Mat. 6:31)
Worry shows that we are relying only on our own resources rather than trusting in God’s promises.
"Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' (Matthew 6:31).
Lack of peace (Phil. 4:6-7)
Peace is the first thing to go when we worry. And if the problem is not dealt with, our worries get worse and worse.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7).
Can't listen to God’s Word (Mat. 13:22)
Worry chokes the Word of God and robs it of its power. Have you ever been unable to get anything from God’s Word? Probably because of worry.
"And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22).
Not able to love (1 Cor. 13:5)
Worry admits to focusing on one’s own needs rather than the other. They are consumed in trying to solve their own problems. Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, (1 Corinthians 13:5).

Is this the way you want to be? I doubt it. Worry and anxiety cripple our physical, emotional and spiritual systems. We simply were not made to be anxious.

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