Staying Positive Under Pressure By Conquering Worry by Rick Ferguson

STAYING POSITIVE UNDER PRESSURE
BY CONQUERING WORRY
Rick Ferguson

Philippians 4:6-7

One of the greatest thieves of real, abiding joy in
our lives is worry. Worry can and will take its toll on
us spiritually, emotionally and eventually physically. When
we are worrying we are not trusting.

I am a worrier by nature. - I know, from my own personal
experience, how devastating worry can be to one's emotions
and physical stamina. I also know how difficult worry
can be to overcome.

Ex. My wife is not a worrier by nature. She'll often
know that something is bothering me and she'll
say, ' stop worrying" My reply. is, 'would love
to stop worrying. -Just tell me how!"

I believe that the Word of God-has some helpful suggestions
concerning worry. If we can learn to apply its truths
to our lives it will help us conquer worry. One of the antedates
to worry is prayer--fervent, spiritual, faithful, persistent
prayer.

If anyone had an excuse for worrying, it was the Apostle
Paul. His beloved Christian friends at Philippi were disagreeing
with one another, and he was not there to help them.
We have no idea what Euodia and Syntyche were disputing
about, but whatever it was, it was bringing division into
the church. Along with the potential division at Philippi,
Paul had to face division among the believers at Rome
(1:14-17)Added to these burdens was the possibility
of his own death! Yes, Paul had a good excuse to worry--but
he did not! Instead, -he takes time to explain to us the
secret of victory over worry.,

Copyright (O 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights
reserved. No portion of this document may be used in
any form without the written permission of the author.
Bible quotations are from the New International Version
unless otherwise indicated.

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Philippians 4:6-7

What is worry? The Greek word translated "anxious"
(careful) in Verse 6 means "to be pulled in different directions."
Our hopes pull us in one direction; ...


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