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A great percentage of our illnesses is in some way related to worry and anxiety and stress. In fact, the #1 killer in America is heart disease.
• 38% of all deaths are heart related and many of those are related to hypertension, high blood pressure and anxiety.
• Worry has been linked to cancer, gastrointestinal illness and suicide.
• 3/4 of all visits to primary care physicians are stress-related complaints or disorders.
Dr. Charles Mayo, of the famous Mayo Clinic, wrote, "Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry." You can literally worry yourself to death.
Question- If we know that worry is a killer- then why do we do it?
Anxiety. Uneasy feeling of uncertainty, agitation, dread, or fear. Older English versions of the Bible often render these words as “thought,” “worry,” or “care.”

In the Bible anxiety is frequently depicted as the common human reaction to stressful circumstances.

The psalmist confesses that anxiety is “great” within him (Ps. 94:19). Anxiety is portrayed in the Scripture as being inconsistent with trust in God. David prays: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thought” (Ps. 139:23).

Matthew 6:25–33 NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
What Causes us to become so anxieties and worrisome? (Two Things)
1. Being world-centred
Matthew 6:25 NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Anxiety frequently manifests itself in ungodly concern about provision, performance, or reputation, and appears to be rooted in incomplete knowledge, lack of control over circumstances, or failure to take an “eternal” perspective on things (Matt. 6:25–34; 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11–12, 22–34)

2. Lacking confidence in God
John 14:1 NKJV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
A lack of confidence in God is simply allowing your worries and anxieties to dominate your thoughts and fears. Imagine your worries and anxieties are a result of someone or something in particular.
A person or situation that has caused you to have much stress should tell you something. What it should tell you is this, that you have put more trust into the person or situation causing you to stress than you have in the God who is faithful in His promises.
Your confidence needs to be in God’s Word, who just happens to be the person of Jesus Christ.
What does one do when facing anxiety and worry? (Matthew 6)
1. Cultivate a growing understanding of God’s power and fatherly disposition. (Matt. 6:26)
Matthew 6:26 NKJV
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
2. Recognize the futility of worry (Matthew 6:27)
Matthew 6:27 NKJV
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
3. Entrust to God the things that you cannot control (1 Peter 5:7)
1 Peter 5:7 NKJV
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
4. Increase your viewing of things in an eternal perspective (Matt. 6:32-34)
Matthew 6:32–34 NKJV
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Jesus did not prohibit genuine concern about food or shelter, but He did teach that we should keep things in their proper perspective. We should make God’s kingdom our first priority; everything else will fall in line after we do that (Matt. 6:33).

5. Substitute Prayer for Worry (Phil. 4:6)
Philippians 4:6 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
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