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Stress, Worry, Faith East London
God’s Plan for Stress
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we
experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but
on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:7–9 NIV11)
Stress Drown Decide
Depression = Unhappiness
Depression •At least one of the core symptoms: •• Persistent sadness or low mood nearly every day. •• Loss of interests or pleasure in most activities.
•Plus some of the following symptoms: •• Fatigue or loss of energy. •• Worthlessness, excessive or inappropriate guilt. •• Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or actual
suicide attempts. •• Diminished ability to think/concentrate or increased
indecision. •• Psychomotor agitation or retardation. •• Insomnia/hypersomnia. •• Changes in appetite and/or weight loss.
See your doctor!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV11)
“Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be
glad and I may have less anxiety.”
Philippians 2:28 NIV11)
anxiety: alupoteros (alupos) “painless, free from pain, free
from grief or sorrow”
anxiety: merimna “care, anxiety, concern,
Things we worry about • 30% are things in the past that can't be changed
• 40% are things that will never happen
• 12% are things relating to other people's opinion of us
• 10% are things relating to health issues, which worry only makes worse
• 8% are things that need us to take action
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Corie Ten Boom
““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more
than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do
you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his
splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the
fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What
shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:24–34
(Matthew 6:9–13 NIV11) How does this help worry?
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV11)
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
(Matthew 6:34 KJV)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”
(Colossians 4:2 NIV11)
Worry Pray Can I take action?
Can I take action now?
Take action now
Plan when to take action
Pray Give it to God
The Worry Flow-Chart
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious
thoughts.” (Psalm 139:23 NIV11)
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
(Psalms 94:19 NIV11)
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
(Proverbs 12:25 NIV11)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day
by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal
glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on
what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
(2 Corinthians 4:16–18 NIV11)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for
you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV11)