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How To Worry Well (7 of 11)
Dr. Larry Osborne
Let's admit it, worry is something we all do and something most of us think we shouldn't do. But worry itself is not a bad thing - it's how we worry and how we respond that determines if our sleepless nights are helpful or paralyzing, motivating or depressing, a path to despair or a path to peace.
Proverbs 22:3/ 2 Corinthians 7:5-6 and 11:27-29/ Philippians 2:19-21/ Luke 22:41-45
Sometimes, worry can be a good thing.
We can't control our feelings.
We can control our response.
HOW TO WORRY WELL
The Secret to Finding Peace in A Scary Place
1. The right kind of PRAYER.
Philippians 4:6-7/Psalm 55:17/ Luke 18:1-8/ John 14:27
- Tell God exactly what you want.
- Thank God for all He's already done.
- Pray this prayer as often as you need to.
2. The right kind of FOCUS.
Philippians 4:8 (see also Philippians 4:4)/ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and 1 Peter 1:5-7/ 2 Corinthians 10:5
- What we focus on determines what we see.
- Focus on the facts not the what ifs.
3. The right kind of LIFE.
Philippians 4:9 (see also Philippians 4:5)/ 1 Peter 3:12-14/ Proverbs 1:23-33
- Obedience breeds confidence - guilt produces fear.
- Sin removes God's protection.
TAKING IT HOME
1. In 1 Peter 5:7 we're told to "cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Are there any cares you have that you need to cast on Him?
2. Below is the Serenity Prayer, a well-known prayer that was written to help people experience God's peace. As you read this prayer, how does it affirm what you've learned from this week's teaching and homework?
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not ...
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