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The Cure for Worry and Anxiety

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

1. WATCH YOUR WORDS. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). If we guard our mouths, we can actually guard our soul from trouble and worry (Proverbs 21:23). We will have to give account for every careless word we speak (Matthew 12:36-37). So, let’s carefully consider our words, and speak life instead of worry and fear.

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

2. STUDY GOD’S WORD. What goes in is what comes out of us. The best way to keep our mouths from pouring out worry and fear is by filling our hearts with the Word of God. As you prioritize and seek first the kingdom of God, the things you need will be added to you. Get solid on the promises of God and let His peace fill your heart and mind.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

3. YOU CAN TRUST GOD. Worrying about tomorrow is futile and yet we get so tempted to do it. Jesus, in Matthew 6, reminds us in a big way that God is our provider and we are to look to Him to take care of every area of our lives. You don’t have to worry about the small stuff – it’s all small stuff to God. He is so reliable and He is so faithful. Let Him take care of your life.

Keep pressing on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
God, I know I’m worth more than the birds to You and I trust You to take care of my life. I thank You that You always lead me in triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, God (Psalm 19:14).

Copyright © 2017 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Security in God

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:1-4

1. DO NOT FRET. Jesus wants us to be birdwatchers. Next time you go outside, look at the birds as a cure for anxiety. God supplies seeds, worms, and water for them, and you are worth much more to Him than they are. He will take care of all your needs as you walk out this life of faith (Philippians 4:19).

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life. . . . Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:25-26

2. TRUST IN THE LORD. The devil attacked even Jesus with questions of if: “If You are the Son of God, prove it. I’ll do this for You if You worship me” (Matthew 4:3-7). The same things Jesus dealt with, we get bombarded with too. To crush these seeds of doubt, we can do just as Jesus did and speak out God’s Word to counteract the lies of the devil.

3. DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD. We find our joy and rest in the Lord – in His green pastures and beside still waters where He calls us to settle our minds and hearts in Him (Psalm 23:1-3). As you mature, you see that the best thing you can have in life is a personal relationship with God – staying in touch with Him every day, accomplishing His purposes in your life. There is nothing better!

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I love You, Jesus. Thank You for Your Word that brings light to my path. I choose to put my trust in You each day all over again. I delight myself in You, I rest in You, Lord.I will not fret. My steps are established by You, Lord (Psalm 37:23). Amen!

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” C.S. LEWIS

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Lewis, C. S., and W. H. Lewis. “TO MRS LOCKLEY.” Letters of C. S. Lewis. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1988. 395. Print.

How to Get Rid of Anxiety

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us. Psalm 115:12a

1. CAST YOUR CARES ON HIM. God cares about you. He formed you in the womb and He knows everything about you (Jeremiah 1:5). Everything that is worrying and troubling you—give it over completely to the Lord. You are not forgotten: God has plans to give you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Psalm 8:3-6

2. APPRECIATE THE DAILY GRIND. God wants to use us in unique ways, and plowing faithfully through everyday life is how we prepare the ground for great harvest. If you’re feeling aimless or bored, realize that the lull of this season may just be a break before the work and busyness of the next.

3. REIGN IN THIS LIFE. God has designed us to be fruitful and multiply and tend to this earth (Genesis 1:28). He has made us to rule over the works of His hands (Psalm 8:6). The devil will work to intimidate you and make you feel uncertain so that you won’t step up in the next season of your life. But you have been given authority to bring honor and glory to God and have a greater impact on your world. So stay humble before God and be ready for Him to use you!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
How majestic is Your name in all the earth, oh, Lord! I am so thankful that You are mindful of me. I cast all my anxiety on You, God, because You care for me. I pray that anything weighing me down would be broken off in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

mind·ful, adj.
Having in mind; aware, heedful, or careful (of).

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Mindful” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

You Can Rely On God

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

Jesus is capable and He has broad shoulders. He bore our sins and carried our sickness (1 Peter 2:24). We aren’t designed to carry burdens all the time. That’s why we need to defy the tendency to be super worried and instead cast our cares on God—He wants to bring vitality and strength to our lives.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not worry then, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31, 33). Worry feeds on constant chatter. At the point of anxiety, it’s important to first bridle your tongue, and then cast your concern on the Lord. Then, ask God to fill your mouth with praise (Psalm 71:8) and begin to minister to the Lord. You do that by praising Him for who He is and what He is capable of doing and by thanking Him for victory and breakthrough.


Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

God has the answer to every human dilemma, so invite Him into your world: into the hospital room, into your marriage, into the battle you’re fighting, into your weird thinking. Invite God in when you are between a rock and a hard place—He knows how to deliver. Shake off melancholy and distrust, and even if you have sinned, run to God. He absolutely cares for you. Trust Him with your business, your relationships, your physical body, and your next steps in life! He is a Father who cares for His children affectionately and watchfully! He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (Psalm 55:22).

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Hazards of Worry

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6- 7

Don’t be hijacked by anxiety or worry. Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, understood how challenging life could be: “I have been very thoroughly initiated into the human lot with all its ups and downs” (Philippians 4:12 NEB [1]). But, even in the middle of challenge, we can reject anxiety and cast our worries and cares on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Worry will distract us from a single-minded faith focus. The book of James warns that a “double-minded man [is] unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8). Here are five points from author John Edmund Haggai about the dividing nature of worry:

Worry divides your feelings—causing your emotions to become uneven and volatile.

Worry divides your understanding—making your convictions lose their grounding, sapping you of confidence.

Worry divides your perception—meaning you are distracted and often fail to see the whole situation confronting you.

Worry divides your judgment—making your decision-making ill-informed and unreliable.

Worry divides your will—producing lethargy and dulling your ability to pursue your goals with confidence. —From the book “How to Win Over Worry” [2]

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

Don’t let your feelings have the final say. It’s possible to throw off worry and stay faith-focused through high times and through hard times (Philippians 4:12-13). By taking everything to God in prayer, by maintaining a confession of thanksgiving, and by meditating on the good report, you can go through 2011 with renewed focus and walk in the next steps of what God has called you to.

God bless you in 2011,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church ®

Copyright © 2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.* Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. [1] Scripture taken from the New English Bible. Copyright © 1961 by The Delegates of the Oxford University Press and The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press. [2] “ How to Win Over Worry.” Copyright © 2001/2009 by John Edmund Haggai. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.

Defeat Worry With the Word.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

When Jesus shows up in a rough situation He calms the storm. Fears that try to plague your life are not coming to you from God. God wants you to be filled with a victorious spirit. His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). He loves you not on the basis of deeds done in righteousness but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). When you realize that God loves you completely, and that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39), fear can’t stay.

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Prov. 12:25). God is calling us to better things than giving ourselves over to worry from the time we wake up till the time we go to bed. When I’ve been worried and discouraged, God has instructed me to go to the Word and read His promises and remember His great faithfulness.

To defeat fear, make the Word your confession:
My God shall supply all of my need. Philippians 4:19
No weapon formed against me will prosper. Isaiah 54:17
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18
Jesus became a curse for me so the blessings of God would come upon me. Galatians 3:13-14
These blessings come upon me and overtake me. Deuteronomy 28:2
My barn is filled with plenty. Proverbs 3:10
My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5
His grace is sufficient; His power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
• Having done all to stand, I stand. Ephesians 6:13-15

Get in your A-game by getting in the Word. Some of you will have to stop the negative intake you have been allowing into your life. Some of you need to meditate on the scripture in Philippians: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (4:6-7). Your situation may feel hopeless, but with God nothing is impossible. Give your worry over to Him and choose to step into the New Year with a spirit of faith.

God’s promises are true,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2008 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.