Anxiety is so spiritually toxic that the command to not be afraid or anxious or fearful is the most frequently repeated command in the Bible. Anxiety cuts us off from the flow of the Spirit like almost nothing else. It robs us of joy and paralyzes our ability to trust God. Biblical peace—what we experience when living in the flow of the Holy Spirit—is the settled conviction at the core of our being that God is with us in the midst of all we’re experiencing.
1. There is a difference between us feeling alarm, and living with anxiety.
2. We recognize that anxiety doesn’t give us any additional control over our world. (1 Peter 5:7)
3. We can’t allow anxiety the power to keep us from saying yes to God’s callings and challenges on our lives.
When you are trying to listen for God’s voice, how do you sift through the clutter of voices you hear around you all the time, so you hear the voice you really need to hear? Pastor Mark offers some ways to help us know when it is God’s voice we hear.