Archive for the ‘Anxiety’ Category

November 2nd, 2015

Do Not Be Anxious

“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.’” Luke 12:22 (ESV)

Have you worried about anything this week? Have you been anxious about an event or circumstance? Jesus has a word for you this morning: stop. But how can we stop worrying? Isn’t worrying a part of having responsibility or being human? Worrying or anxiety at its core is a statement about our trust in the sovereignty of God. In this particular passage and also in Matthew’s recording of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells His disciples to consider the fullness of  creation and how even the smallest birds are provided for by their Heavenly Father. They do not worry about where their food will come from because the Lord has taken care of them. The challenge for us is to trust in the same way, knowing that we are of more value to the Lord as His prized creation.

What kind of things have you felt anxious over this week? My guess is that for many of you food, clothing, or shelter were not chief among them. The Lord has provided for you, and yet in spite of all of these evidences we still allow relatively small things to captivate our minds and divert our attention from our meditation on the goodness of God. Today, choose to trust. Choose to walk in faith, knowing that the Lord will provide. And if you do find yourself in a situation worthy of concern, pray and ask the Lord to come to your rescue. Who knows? It may be that your request will be met by someone who in turn has recognized the abundance of blessing the Lord has given to them and in generous response wants to share that with someone else. That is how the body of Christ is supposed to work after all, proving another way that God has provided for His people.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Luke, Sovereignty.
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July 31st, 2015

A Trusting Heart or an Anxious Heart?

“Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’” Isaiah 35:4 (ESV)

The beginning of chapter 35 of the book of Isaiah begins with a joyous promise of restoration revealing the glory of God. As the Lord waters the dry land and His people once again begin to sing His praise, they will “see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God” (Is 35:2b ESV). Once they have beheld the glory of God in His faithfulness, Isaiah says their anxiety or fear should turn to confidence, for God is bigger than any temporary difficulty.

When we behold the glory of God, we should be emboldened, losing fear and gaining confidence. His glory reveals His strength and ability to accomplish His purposes through the instrumentation of all of creation. Nothing is too big for Him. So, why would we worry? Why would we fear? Why would anxiety ever enter into our lives, knowing that even in our darkest moments the Lord is working all things for our good and within His divine plan?

Do you have an anxious heart? An anxious heart reveals a lack of trust in God’s power and sovereignty. Take comfort in knowing the biblical truth that God will do what He says He will do. Do not worry, but rest in His faithfulness. Remember the glory of God displayed on the cross of Christ and know that you have been saved from the greatest threat to your eternal happiness, so what else is there really to be anxious about? You can be eternally secure in your God, who has come to save you!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Isaiah, Trust.
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November 9th, 2014

Unload Your Anxiety

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)

Anxiety has the potential to cause us to lose perspective. When we are anxious, butterflies become helicopters. When we are anxious, grasshoppers become giants. Anxiety demands emotional fuel that depletes our passion and distorts our vision. The confetti of anxiety is applied with the spray paint of unrealistic expectations, overcommitment, and lack of margin. Where do you go when you are drowning in the liquid of anxiety?

Our tendency is to subdue our anxiety by covering up our pain with a cascade of calories or sprinting into the fast lane of excessive busyness. We seek to divert the pain by suppressing our current reality with the blanket of escape. There is a much better option! God’s way is always the best way!

God did not create you to be a wagon of worry. Unload your anxiety. Choose to run to God in prayer. Decide to unpack the heavy load you are bearing. Release your regrets. Dump your doubts and disappointments. Cry out to God in prayer in brokenness and humility and acknowledge your desperate need to cast all your anxiety on Him. God cares for you and cares about every intricate detail of your life. He intimately knows the burdens you are bearing and the concerns you are carrying.

Write on a sheet of paper or type on your computer or cell phone a list of the specific items consuming your emotional energy. It helps me to see in print what is generating anxiety in my life. Once I bring these items into the light, they lose their bite. Then I unload each item out of the cargo area of my life and place them at the feet of Jesus in prayer.

What do you need to unload? What do you need to release? As Dr. Johnny Hunt says, “Anything over your head is beneath His feet.”

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, God's Provision, Prayer.
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November 2nd, 2014

Unlimited Supply

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32 (ESV)

How do you overcome anxiety? How do you win the war against worry? These questions remind me of a story about a man who offered to pay another man an annual salary of $200,000 to do his worrying for him. On the first day at work the hired man asked, “Boss, how are you going to get $200,000 to pay me?” The response came quickly, “That’s your worry!”

Worry is like rocking in a rocking chair, it will keep you busy, but you don’t get anywhere. Our English word, worry, comes from an old German word, which means “to strangle” or “to choke.” As you may know by experience, worry can strangle the life out of you and choke the flow of joy in your life. Worry produces unhealthy side-effects such as: ulcers, backaches, headaches, and insomnia.

Invert worry by trusting in God’s unlimited supply. You are more valuable to God than the birds of the air and He feeds them. You are more valuable to God than the lilies of the field and He causes them to grow. Worrying won’t lengthen your life. Worrying won’t benefit your future. Worry is practical atheism. When we worry, we are saying, “We don’t believe God will do what He says He will do.”

Your heavenly Father knows what you need. He created you and has a plan for your life. God will provide you with everything you need to accomplish His will on the earth. No need to worry about your circumstances or to fear the unknown. Your heavenly Father knows right where you are and He knows exactly what you need to operate in the center of His will.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, God's Provision, Trust.
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March 24th, 2014

The Promise of Peace

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (ESV)

Choose to replace your anxious thoughts with intentional prayer. Your focus will shift from the gravity of your circumstances to the enormity of God’s power. You will gain God’s perspective on the obstacles you face and you will be fortified by God’s peace.

The peace of God is not the absence of adversity, but the presence of Divinity. God’s peace transcends understanding in that it is difficult to fathom. How can a believer have such peace in the midst of a raging storm? The peace of God is not subdued by the intensity of your circumstances. God dispenses His peace in proportion to your need. The stronger the waves of resistance you encounter, the greater the allotment of God’s peace you experience.

God’s peace will guard your heart. The enemy knows that if he can rob you of your passion for God in the midst of your adversity, he will have stolen a piece of your heart. The peace of God will guard your heart from the toxic assaults unleashed by the enemy. You have given your heart to Christ and His peace will reign in you.

During seasons of adversity, the enemy seeks to pollute your mind with thoughts of fear, timidity, and doubt. God’s peace will guard your mind. As you replace your thoughts with intentional prayer, the peace of God will shield your mind. Fear will be replaced by faith, timidity will be replaced with courage, and doubt will be replaced with assurance.

How’s your heart? How’s your mind? Are you experiencing the peace that transcends all understanding? Let the peace of God provide relief to your soul.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Peace, Prayer.
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March 23rd, 2014

Recapturing God’s Perspective

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

Anxiety is the great distraction. All of your emotional energy is diverted to fuel the vast demands anxiety produces. Incessant worry evaporates the tranquil waters of peace and contentment. Instead of living to benefit and bless others, you marshal strength to combat the gravitational pull of self-absorption. During these seasons, the small things of life that would usually not phase you appear as giants. Anxiety has a way of distorting your perspective.

What is the antidote to anxiety? How do you recapture God’s perspective on your circumstances? The first step is to replace your anxious thoughts with intentional prayer. You have the precious gift of unhindered and uninterrupted access to your Heavenly Father through the avenue of prayer. The more specific you are in your prayer life, the more dynamic your experience of God’s peace will be. Be prayerful. Be specific. Be thankful in the midst of your circumstances as you cast your cares upon the Lord.

Consider writing or typing the items in your life right now that are generating anxious thoughts and feelings. Cry out to God in prayer over each item and express your desperation for God’s perspective and God’s provision. God wants you to seek Him and to long for Him. Your abiding relationship with Him is the most important relationship. Draw near to God.

Begin to anticipate God’s response as you specifically present your requests to God in prayer. Watch to see how God brings clarity to your confusion. Take note of the renewed strength God provides to help you navigate the troubled waters. God may eliminate the obstacles or empower you to overcome the obstacles. Either way, you will come to know God by experience!

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Peace, Prayer.
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July 22nd, 2013

Antidote to Anxiety

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Anxiety is the great distraction. All of your emotional energy is diverted to fuel the vast demands anxiety produces. Incessant worry evaporates the tranquil waters of peace and contentment. Instead of living to benefit and bless others, you marshal strength to combat the gravitational pull of self-absorption. During these seasons, the small things of life that would usually not phase you appear as giants. Anxiety has a way of distorting your perspective.

What is the antidote to anxiety? How do you recapture God’s perspective on your circumstances? The first step is to replace your anxious thoughts with intentional prayer. You have the precious gift of unhindered and uninterrupted access to your Heavenly Father through the avenue of prayer. The more specific you are in your prayer life, the more dynamic your experience of God’s peace will be. Be prayerful. Be specific. Be thankful in the midst of your circumstances as you cast your cares upon the Lord.

Consider writing or typing the items in your life right now that are generating anxious thoughts and feelings. Cry out to God in prayer over each item and express your desperation for God’s perspective and God’s provision. God wants you to seek Him and to long for Him. Your abiding relationship with Him is the most important relationship. Draw near to God.

Begin to anticipate God’s response as you specifically present your requests to God in prayer. Watch to see how God brings clarity to your confusion. Take note of the renewed strength God provides to help you navigate the troubled waters. God may eliminate the obstacles or empower you to overcome the obstacles. Either way, you will come to know God by experience!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Peace, Prayer.
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January 24th, 2013

Guarded by Peace

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7 (NIV)

Choose to replace your anxious thoughts with intentional prayer. Your focus will shift from the gravity of your circumstances to the enormity of God’s power. You will gain God’s perspective on the obstacles you face and you will be fortified by God’s peace.

The peace of God is not the absence of adversity, but the presence of Divinity. God’s peace transcends understanding in that it is difficult to fathom. How can a believer have such peace in the midst of a raging storm? The peace of God is not subdued by the intensity of your circumstances. God dispenses His peace in proportion to your need. The stronger the waves of resistance you encounter, the greater the allotment of God’s peace you experience.

God’s peace will guard your heart. The enemy knows that if he can rob you of your passion for God in the midst of your adversity, he will have stolen a piece of your heart. The peace of God will guard your heart from the toxic assaults unleashed by the enemy. You have given your heart to Christ and His peace will reign in you.

During seasons of adversity, the enemy seeks to pollute your mind with thoughts of fear, timidity, and doubt. God’s peace will guard your mind. As you replace your thoughts with intentional prayer, the peace of God will shield your mind. Fear will be replaced by faith, timidity will be replaced with courage, and doubt will be replaced with assurance.

How’s your heart? How’s your mind? Are you experiencing the peace that transcends all understanding? Let the peace of God provide relief to your soul.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Peace, Prayer.
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January 23rd, 2013

Replace Your Anxious Thoughts

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phil 4:6 (NIV)

Anxiety is the great distraction. All of your emotional energy is diverted to fuel the vast demands anxiety produces. Incessant worry evaporates the tranquil waters of peace and contentment. Instead of living to benefit and bless others, you marshal strength to combat the gravitational pull of self-absorption. During these seasons, the small things of life that would usually not phase you appear as giants. Anxiety has a way of distorting your perspective.

What is the antidote to anxiety? How do you recapture God’s perspective on your circumstances? The first step is to replace your anxious thoughts with intentional prayer. You have the precious gift of unhindered and uninterrupted access to your Heavenly Father through the avenue of prayer. The more specific you are in your prayer life, the more dynamic your experience of God’s peace will be. Be prayerful. Be specific. Be thankful in the midst of your circumstances as you cast your cares upon the Lord.

Consider writing or typing the items in your life right now that are generating anxious thoughts and feelings. Cry out to God in prayer over each item and express your desperation for God’s perspective and God’s provision. God wants you to seek Him and to long for Him. Your abiding relationship with Him is the most important relationship. Draw near to God.

Begin to anticipate God’s response as you specifically present your requests to God in prayer. Watch to see how God brings clarity to your confusion. Take note of the renewed strength God provides to help you navigate the troubled waters. God may eliminate the obstacles or empower you to overcome the obstacles. Either way, you will come to know God by experience!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Mind of Christ, Prayer.
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November 2nd, 2012

Do Not Be Anxious.

“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.’” Luke 12:22 (ESV)

Have you worried about anything this week? Have you been anxious about an event or circumstance? Jesus has a word for you this morning: stop. But how can we stop worrying? Isn’t worrying a part of having responsibility or being human? Worrying or anxiety at its core is a statement about our trust in the sovereignty of God. In this particular passage and also in Matthew’s recording of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells His disciples to consider the fullness of  creation and how even the smallest birds are provided for by their Heavenly Father. They do not worry about where their food will come from because the Lord has taken care of them. The challenge for us is to trust in the same way, knowing that we are of more value to the Lord as His prized creation.

What kind of things have you felt anxious over this week? My guess is that for many of you food, clothing, or shelter were not chief among them. The Lord has provided for you, and yet in spite of all of these evidences we still allow relatively small things to captivate our minds and divert our attention from our meditation on the goodness of God. Today, choose to trust. Choose to walk in faith, knowing that the Lord will provide. And if you do find yourself in a situation worthy of concern, pray and ask the Lord to come to your rescue. Who knows? It may be that your request will be met by someone who in turn has recognized the abundance of blessing the Lord has given to them and in generous response wants to share that with someone else. That is how the body of Christ is supposed to work after all, proving another way that God has provided for His people.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 299:  Luke 12-13)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Anxiety, Luke, Sovereignty.
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