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On The Run

Living with anxiety feels like living on the run – except you’re running away from your own life.  Panic settles in your chest as you try desperately to escape to a safe place that seems just out of each. Worries swirl around in your head at a speed that makes it hard to breathe, and fear wells up, causing indecision and self-doubt.

Sound familiar? There’s a constant pressure never to shut off your life – emails never stop, notifications pile up on our phones, and let’s not forget the comparison trap social media brings.  So, how do we live with that, when we know that as Jesus followers, we are called to live anxious for nothing?

Too often we feel weighed down by guilt because we think Christians aren’t supposed to feel this way.

But what if we can stop running from something and start running to something?

We can. You can.  The promise that we can live anxious for nothing isn’t based on what we can produce but on the presence of God.  Check out what it says in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV ) Be not anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your, minds in Christ Jesus.

On our own, we are hopeless in the fight against anxiety.  But with God?  We have access to His presence, which offers peace we can’t even begin to understand.

What’s even better about that promise? It’s a continual process.  in every situation.  Every time we start feeling anxious, we can go to God for His peace is a by product of God’s presence.

Anxiety will not often disappear instantly.  It’s a moment by moment, continual process of seeking His presence.  Over the next few days, we’ll share stories of everyday people who have battled with anxiety and what they’ve learned along the way.

Scripture:

Philippians 4:4-7  Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation be known unto all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayr and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts an minds through Christ Jesus.

John 16:16-33  A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall not see me: and because I go to the Father? they said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.  Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall see me?  Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.  A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your hert shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.  These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs:  but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.  at that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.  For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.  His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speaketh thou plainly, and speaketh no proverb.  now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needeth not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.  Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?  Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.  The Lord be with you all.

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