Pastor Mark expands on the message Attaboy shared with us. Use What Got You Got, for the glory of God.
He uses illustrations based on Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
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.