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Practical Steps Toward Change (Session 2: Anxiety)


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How do the promises of Scripture connect in our lives? Scripture says, “Don’t be anxious about anything.” What does that mean in real life? The most frequent command in the Bible is “Do not fear (be not afraid, etc.).” However, it is spoken in a tone of reassurance. We have very good reasons to be anxious and afraid – everything we value is fragile and we eventually lose it. No one chooses to be afraid, it is something that besets us all – they are responses to a life that is unpredictable. Fear is the opposite of trust. God is very concerned to give us reasons to trust. Powlison uses Philippians to lay out some anchoring truths in the midst of anxieties and fears. We have good reasons to fear, but we have better reasons to not fear. Powlison covers six steps to help with fears and anxieties: 1. Identify your form of anxiety; 2. Consider your reasons for trust; 3. Name your real troubles and anxieties; 4. Identify what hijacks your heart; 5. Have the honest conversation; 6. Do what needs doing today.

(This audio is part 2 of a 5 part regional conference titled Anxiety: How God Cares for Stressed People)