This sermon has been sparked out of my recent experience with anxiety and panic attacks. My worry over raising health issues in my life had turned my focus off Christ and onto the storms around me. I had begun playing right into Satan hands and I was playing his anxiety game, being distracted from my source of strength. My focus needed to be restored. Philippians gives us a promise of peace if we will pray to the Lord earnestly and with thanksgiving. By doing just that we can start to overcome anxiety and stop living in fear. Don't fall into panic as if you have lost control; realize that you were never in control! God is the one in control and nothing can happen to us unless it is first filtered through his sovereign fingers.
Great Sermon! I love this sermon.. I came upon it today.. I have struggled with panic disorder for years..Was put on Klonpin and now want off of that. I will listen to this over and over. You mentioned a web site that you will have up so others can comment. Can you email me that site? Thank you
Great Sermon! I struggled with severe anxiety for many years along with a fear of death. I had an experience at 18 in which god revealed his son to me but was not saved at that time. Many years later I had a period in which I sought answers for this fear of death-please read Hebrews 2 vs 14 and 15. God convicted me of sinfulness over a period of 2 weeks- this culminated in a night in which I was woken from sleep to face a powerful holy being in my room and I knew that I was a hellhound sinner and rightly so. Somewhere in my memory I managed to mutter to this being- I know that the blood of Jesus saves me from all sin....it was not long after that through scripture meditation god showed me that I was dead and nailed to his cross. It was a simple switch, his life for mine.i no longer live....
For 10'years I have lived without fear and no worries of death. Please search yourselves guys- it is not consistent with biblical doctrine to be saved and have ongoing fear of death. Hebrew 2 vs 14-15
Amber Villa (1/21/2013)
Great Sermon! I Am a 20 year old Young Female and lately have Been Going through bad anxiety attacks and fear of dying I Listen to This Daily When I Feel The stress coming On And It's Helped Me To understand What Ive Been Going Through. God Is So Awesome For Giving You This Sermon To Preach and Reach Out To Others! May God Continue To Bless You!! Thank You!
Gay Smallarz (3/26/2011)
from Fargo, ND
Great Sermon! Thank you for preaching an anxiety. I've suffered from axiety since I can remember. I've had incredible strong survival skills to try to control the panic attacks and anxiety but not very healthy ones. My desperationa and search for relief somhow after many bad choices led me to the Fargo Baptist Church. With great relief I've found help and good people. However I still struggle with backsliding in anxiety with what I've blamed on self-pity, lack of faith, God's conviction, just more worry about why I still get so scarded sometimes. I've been dabling with getting meds again although I take nothing now and since I've been drug free I've suffered much less from worry. I'm in a transition at work and I change direction as gracefully as a semi making a u-turn. Praise the Lord the Fargo Baptist church has a website with audio sermons and chose your to be on staff picks. When one worries so much about nothing and prays about it often I begin to feel unworthy because I struggle to feel relief. I've copied the verses you preached on to carry with me in my purse. Praise the Lord he uses men like you to be preach their experience to immature and struggling christians. Thank you. I will pray for your victory over anxiety.
Lona Coon (3/8/2010)
from Bancroft, WV
Great Sermon! Hey little Jeff, long time no see or talk! I hope everything is well, I just wanted to tell you that I have been suffering from Panic Disorder for about 2-3 years now and this sermon really hit home for me. I always always pray when I'm panicking and it helps me so much. I still have times of panic but my fear isn't death, my fears range from one extreme to the next and most of my fears are that I'm failing as a Christian. Thank you for this message, for some reason I never knew about this message or I would have commented sooner. Your sermons, big Jeffs sermons, and prayer have gotten me through some really dark days... and some awful times of panic. Thanks again for your message! I hope all is well with you, Emily and your ministry. Thanks again!
Rayna Kay Bartley (1/7/2010)
from Hot Springs, Arkansas
This Sermon is Such a Help to Me! Brother Jeff, I just had to let you know I listened to your sermon again. It is a great help. Realizing that fear and anxiety are just distractions Satan uses to take my focus off Jesus. Like you said in the book of Philippians it says "to be anxious for nothing". I try and remember these words of Jesus when I feel myself getting fearful or anxious. It is a weapon to use against Satan. He wants to make us powerless so that we cannot be witnesses for Jesus.
Appreciate your ministry and helpful, inspiring sermons.
Thank you again,
Rayna Kay Bartley (9/29/2009)
from Hot Springs, Arkansas
Great Sermon! Jeff, I ran across your sermon last night and I want you to know it has truly saved my life. I have suffered from anxiety for four years since the death of my son, and many other things that have happened to me. Anxiety has taken me over, and I have prayed and prayed. I feel like your sermon is an answer to my prayer. I see that you preached it back in 2006, but it has blessed me today greatly. Thank you so much, and I will listen to this sermon again and again.
May God bless you and your family and your father and his family as your sermons are true blessings to me. You will just never know how much.
Thank you! Just wanted to thank God for using you to deliver a great message. I am currently experiencing anxieties and fear that I can't seem to shake and came here to seek some wisdom. The message was fitting and drew out what I knew God has been telling me all along. Thank you for the confirmation. God bless you!
Sheryl Stewart (4/2/2008)
from Stanley, NC
God is Great! I am in the middle of panic attacks and anxiety, fear, etc. I was so strong in the Lord one minute and then I found myself in a big mess. I have been so disappointed in myself because I am not relying on my God, who I know I believe in. Any Christian under the bondage of these issues are under spiritual warfare in the worst way, the mind. God works in mysterious ways and I thank him so much for giving Brother Jeff the wisdom and words that can help someone come back to their Father and find their strength again.
Great Sermon! Yes Satan is on the loose for sure. But we have Drs. that the Lord has given us. Some have hormone problems that cause the attacks and require meds until the adjustment has been made. You are right, God is in total control of everything. We need to give it all to Him, but just know that the Drs. are trying to help you. This world is crazy and I believe we are in the time of the falling away and apostasy so stress is on the rise for sure. He will give us His comfort when we ask. He promises He won't give us more than we can handle. We aren't going to live in a bed of roses while we are here. It'll be just the opposite. Trials and tribulations are something you can count on. But its good to know Who is in charge and sovereign over everything. We in America are spoiled and would do lousy standing in another country like we see on T.V. Paul Washer has some good words for us Americans.
Edward Stills (7/6/2007)
Great Sermon! Thank you Brother Jeff for this message and it couldn't have come at a better time (in the middle of anxiety attack of my own). I have be burdened with these little attacks, well little for others - big for me, shortly after accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior 2 years ago. I have been on a couple different meds that did nothing but make me numb to everything including my relationship with my LORD. I can't help to think that the meds are a tool for satan to suppress the Joy that I had received in knowing my Savior. I have Brother in Christ here in Asheboro that the same exact thing happened to him: gave his life to Christ and within six months was looking at a ceiling in the hospital wondering why he was there. It's not of GOD, it's satan's newest tool. I too have found protection with the Sword of the Word of GOD in 2Tim 1:7, however being of sinful nature and ye of little faith, every time I drop my guard satan is there ready to pounce like a tiger on his prey.
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I thank GOD for this message and I thank you Brother Jeff for being obedient and delivering it. May GOD bless you an yours!!