Freedom From Anxiety
Pastor Tim Morbitzer


Freedom From Anxiety

Pastor Tim Morbitzer

            "Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation (mildness, gentleness, patience, kindness) be made known unto all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." (Phil 4:4-7)

            "Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you" (I Peter 5:7).  God desires that His children be free from anxiety, worry and care.  His Word commands us to "Be anxious for nothing."  The Amplified Bible says, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything" and, "Entertain no worry."

            Many will say, "Yes, that sounds good, but it's just not possible!"  However, it is possible or God would not have said it.  The answer is to use the Word of God.  God knows that anxiety, worry and care are killers.  Medical science tells us that as many as 80% of the patients in hospitals are there as a result of worry, anxiety and fear.  Many Christians are standing on the Word, believing God to heal them, but are hindering the manifestation of that healing by being anxious and worrying.  We, as God's children, can be free from these things.

            To be free from anxiety, the first thing we are to do is rejoice.  There is power in praise and rejoicing; not sometimes, but always.  Many people can rejoice sometimes, but very few rejoice always.  God sees it as possible, or else He wouldn't say it.  When trials and tests come, we can rejoice because we have the answer.  We can stand on God's Word and be delivered.  The trials and tests come from the devil (John 10:10, James 1:13), but we can rejoice in the Lord because He has provided the way of escape (the Word of God).  I Cor. 10:13, Eph. 6:11-17.

            The second thing is to be mild, patient, gentle and kind with all men.  It does not say "let your moderation be known unto your Christian brothers and sisters," but unto all men.  We make things 'known' in two main ways:  by our actions and our speech.  We are not to act and speak one way in Church and another way on the job. - "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."  (James 1:8)  We should exemplify Christ at all times, walking in love.

            Thirdly, we realize the Lord is near.  This is one of the main reasons we can live free from worry and care - in two ways.  One, the Lord is with us wherever we go.  (Dt. 31:8, Josh. 1:9)  He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  As we become aware of God's indwelling presence, we see there is no need to be anxious.  "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  Also, the Lord is near - He is coming soon!  Why be anxious and worry, this world is not our home?  If we will stand on God's Word, rather than how we feel, we can say with Paul, "Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  (I Cor 15:57)

            Fourthly, be anxious for nothing!  This is a command, plain and simple.  How do we do this?  By realizing God's great love for us and by putting God's Word first in our life, hiding it in our heart and speaking it with our mouth.  When anxiety, worries and cares try to come upon you, don't receive them, use the Word against them!  Cast your cares on Jesus!  Resist the temptation to worry or be anxious just as you would the temptation to sin.  If you feel anxiety, examine yourself to see when it started and what the cause is.  Sometimes we deal with the symptom and not the cause.  Say out loud, "I refuse to worry, I refuse to be anxious, I cast my cares on Jesus!"  resist the devil and he will flee from you.  The King James Version says, "Be careful for nothing" or, "Don't be full of care."  The dictionary defines care as a "mental suffering, grief; care implies a disquieting sense of oppression."  Jesus said the cares of this world choke the Word.  (Matthew 13:22)  Refuse cares.  When someone tells you, "Take care!" you might say, "No thank you!" and then explain.

            Fifthly, instead of being anxious or worried, we are to let our requests be made known unto God.  We are to do this in everything.  Don’t take even small cares; pray about them and turn them over to God, refusing to worry about it.  This verse says, "Let your requests be made known unto God" not "Let your problems be made known unto God."  Neither does it say, "let your problems be made known unto men."  May people fail in the faith walk, because they are always talking about their problems, instead of releasing them to God and standing on the Word.  Satan tries to make us anxious, worried and full of care, but when one realizes the faithfulness and love of our Father God, the complete redemption in Christ and our authority as believers there is no need to ever worry, care or be anxious.  Last of all, if we will do these things, God promises that His peace will keep (garrison and mount guard over - Amplified Bible) our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  This is the battle ground - our heart and mind- with the peace of God guarding these, we will walk in victory, free from anxiety, worries and cares.  This comes through Christ Jesus.  Jesus is the Word.  (John 1:1, Rev. 19:13)  We know Jesus through the Word and prayer.  The peace of God which will guard our heart and mind comes through the Word and prayer.  Reading, meditating, speaking the Word will bring us peace.  Fellowshipping with God in prayer will bring us peace.  Failure in either area will hinder or disturb our peace.  This peace will guard our heart and mind from anxiety, worry and care.  Realize the integrity of God's Word.

            If we have the peace of God, we have freedom from anxiety.  Pray out loud:  Father, in the Name of Jesus, I accept my deliverance and freedom from anxiety, worry and care.  I rejoice in the Lord who gives me the victory in all things.  I realize, Lord, that you are at hand.  You are in me now.  If God be for me, who can be against me.  I refuse to worry.  I look to your Word and not to the problems.  I receive the peace of God to guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.  I cast all my cares on Jesus; He cares for me.  God loves me!


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