Todd Andrews taught about the sin of Anxiety, as set forth in Chapter 8 of the book Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. He defined the sin of anxiety as the willful failure to trust the Lord about uncertainties or outcomes. This sin labels God as inadequate, unreliable, and not worthy of our trust.
So, what do you do to address the sin of anxiety?
First, you need to ask God for wisdom in helping you to identify what you’re anxious about and if it was caused by your own action or inaction.
If the anxiety is caused by fear of the consequences of a sin, you need to address that underlying sin.
Your anxiety may be caused by a lack of biblical wisdom in your life. This might include the following areas:
- a lack of financial discipline
- not having a contingency plan
- not having a preventative strategy or planning
- excessive career ambition
- not enough ambition
- not properly understanding risk or excessive risk taking
How can you have victory over this sin, in particular when you’re anxious about uncertainties or outcomes that are out of your control?
- Follow Christ’s advice in Matthew 6:25-34 to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. Know that he loves you and will take care of you.
- Apply prayer and thanksgiving as set forth in Philippians 4:6-7 so that the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
- Trust and accept His sovereignty over your life and future (Rom 8:28)
- Memorize and meditate on scripture (PS 94:19; Mt. 11:28-29; Jn. 14:27)
- Fellowship with other believers (Heb 10:24-25; Gal 6:2; Prov 17:17; Prov 27:17)
- Remember how God brought you out of anxieties in the past (Deut. 8:2)
- Confess and repent of any “respectable” sin (1 Jn. 1:9-10)
other Messages in this series
September 16, 2023
August 19, 2023