Mental Wellness – Responding To Fear

Pastor Jason Burns

October 25, 2020

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

  • How do I respond to fear?

1. Stop trying to control what you cannot control.

Matthew 6:25-27  //  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Psalm 46:1  //  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:10-11  //  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

  • Be Still = Cease Striving
  • We don’t cease striving because we know how it will all work out, but because we know the God who will work it out.
  • Better than knowing the outcome is knowing God.

2. Look Back.

2 Chronicles 20:3 NLT  //  Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the LORD for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.

  • Celebrate God’s faithfulness in your past or you won’t trust him with your future.

3. Pray about everything

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

1 Peter 5:7  //  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  • Cast it because you weren’t mean to carry it.

Matthew 11:28  //  Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.