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I Am Freaking Out Here!


Who is Flat Out Worried About Life?

Worry entered this world along with all the other negative effects of the choices of Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3:17–19 NLT
And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
Why do we worry???
We worry not because a lack of spiritual health but becasue we are threatened in one of our “Basic Psychological Human Needs.”
Survival (to exist)
Autonomy (Control)
Be Loved (Feel Valued)
Effectiveness (Power in the world)
Curiousity (Explore the world)
Trust (Security)
When we are worried we naturally take steps to regain control. Such as wearing gloves in public or a mask. It could easily also be called taking pre-cautions but if there was no risk what caution would be needed?
Psalm 127:2 NLT
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
Due to perceived risk we attempt to mitigate danger (worry)
But what about this scripture?
Matthew 6:31–34 NLT
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Luke 12:25–26 NLT
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
Even Jesus worried/ had anxiety.
Matthew 26:36–39 NLT
Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Some closing questions.
What are our gifts from God
How did we have to work to experience these gifts?
To what lenghts do we feel that we have control?
How do we handle the instances when our perceived control is removed?
Group Discusstion:
What is our greatest gift from God?
What would I do if that gift was taken?
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