Message Title: Outta My Mind – Part 1 – Why am I so Anxious?
Message Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Speaker: Scotty Priest
Matthew 6:25-33 — 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- We covered three myths that tend to coincide with mental health and the church. 1. Christians shouldn’t struggle with mental health, 2. I’m the only one, and 3. No one cares. These are messages you may have heard, or believe and carry with you. If you are comfortable, share a time or a season of life you may have wrestled with any of these myths.
- Matthew 6:25 says, “…do not worry about your life..” which is easier said than done. Following that, there is a list of examples and ways that are common worries. What specific areas of life wear on you the most, causing you to worry and possibly lead to some anxiety?
1 Peter 5:6-7 — Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
3. As we humble ourselves and come under God’s mighty hand, consider some practical life steps as part of an overall process. As you look through the list below, discuss if one of these can be helpful and where you can apply it this week.
- Write it down
- Don’t ignore your body
- Say it out loud
- Focus on what I can control