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A Different Perspective On Worry. Philippians 4:4-13


What you fear most reveals what you value most. Kids safety, etc 

What you fear most reveals where you trust God least.


Sin of distrusting the promises and power of God!


Finances. Falling behind. Job stability. Marriage. Health. Kids safety. Future

Nothing to worry about—worried about that!


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  • WORRY IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.


If anyone had a reason to worry—it was Paul as he wrote Phil. 4


Facing possible execution.


Paul’s perspective of God: Nothing separate you from the love of God.

Shipwrecks, snakebites, flogging, almost died, imprisonment


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:4-5


We Don't Have To Worry...

  1. ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN WE KNOW WHO’S IN CHARGE.


We don’t have to worry about the-how when you have the-who!


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7


Don’t worry about anything—pray about everything!

Some of you, that's why you are here. You're a wound up ball of worry


Present requests to God… Give to the Lord—take it back.


I will do what I can do and trust God to do what I cannot do!


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What can I not do?

  • Can you heal my loved one? Can God heal my loved one?
  • Can you change my spouse? Can God change my spouse?
  • Can you protect my kids? Can God protect my kids? 
  • Can you control my future? Can God control the future?
  • Can your worry change? Can God change anything?

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Matter of perspective—trust God! Don’t think worst case…


Finally, brothers, whatever is true…noble…right…pure…lovely… admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Phil. 4:8-9


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So many worry about what we have! Need more to be happy!

Compare… like my house—


Discontented: Way I look, Way I Feel, Where I am in life.

Different house, better job, more money, wasn’t so busy!


Don’t like what I HAVE!

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2. ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE WHEN WE KNOW WHO TRULY SATISFIES. 


Greatest secrets!


I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all things through (Christ) who gives me strength. Phil. 4:10-13


Meet all your needs! He is all I need!


Do not worry about your life… Hide my life in Him


Rejoice—in the Lord. Give this to him! Satisfied in him!


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Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4


In the Lord I take refuge. Ps 11:1


It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Ps 118:8


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Prov 3:5


Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

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