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How to Alleviate Anxiety and Worry God's Way Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Louis Samaritano posted in Biblical Counseling

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You’re Not Alone

Anxiety and worry are very common. One website states, “It has been stated that anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in the North America. It is estimated that one- third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety  unwellness  issues (Folk & Folk, 2017).” 

Worry is Unproductive and Harmful

Many people worry themselves sick, and most of what people worry about doesn’t even happen. Besides that, worrying about issues will not prevent them from happening.

Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worrying is carrying tomorrows load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength (Ten Boom, 2017).”

Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34 NAS).”

Pretty much everyone agrees that worry is counter-productive.

How Do You Stop Worrying?

Jesus provides important truth and valuable insight to answer this question.

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How to Alleviate Anxiety and Worry God's Way Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Louis Samaritano posted in Biblical Counseling

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You’re Not Alone

Anxiety and worry are very common. One website states, “It has been stated that anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in the North America. It is estimated that one- third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety  unwellness  issues (Folk & Folk, 2017).” 

Billions are spent annually for anti-anxiety medications. Paxil is just one of many anti-anxiety drugs. It is reported as of July 2012 that sales for Paxil racked up $11.6 billion (Sifferlin, 2012). Obviously, anxiety and worry are not small problems. Many of us know people that struggle with worry and anxiety and, perhaps, you struggle with this yourself.  

What Does God’s Word Say About Anxiety?

Let’s look at Philippians 4:4-9. From this short passage, we can draw four biblical remedies to  deal with worry.    

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7 Ways to Overcome Satan

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by J.D. Greear posted in Purposeful Living, A Christian Perspective

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The Bible makes it clear: We’re in a battle. It’s a battle we can’t escape with an Enemy we can’t see. As long as we confess Jesus as Lord and have the Spirit of God within us, Satan will do everything he can to destroy our faith. That’s why we’re told to “stand firm” against his schemes (Eph. 6:13).

So how do we fight? How do we overcome Satan’s attacks?

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Anger and the Bible Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Louis Samaritano posted in Biblical Counseling

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It was well said in the book Uprooting Anger by Robert Jones,Anger is a universal problem, prevalent in every culture, experienced by every generation. No one is isolated from its presence or immune from its poison. It permeates each person and spoils our most intimate relationships (Jones, 2005, p. 13).

Anger Brings Dissension and Destruction

The dissension and destruction anger can bring into a relationship is startling. The poison of anger upsets family gatherings and negatively affects marriages. Anger can be seen through short blow ups or in the effects of stewing about something someone said.

How many times has tension risen in family vacations because of anger that caused a dark cloud to eclipse our unity and peaceful relaxation? Even in our friendships, jobs, or even within our churches, anger can erupt and bring about dissension and tensions in relationships. 

Sadly, we may experience the effects of a failed marriage that splinters a father or mother from son or daughter, or a brother and sister who have nursed their anger towards each other for years and have no desire to reconcile. Churches have sometimes split because of anger. 

Anger may be more vile and destructive in our walk with the Lord and one another than we realize.

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Anger and the Bible Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Louis Samaritano posted in Biblical Counseling

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Anger is very powerful emotion. It can create havoc and bring about much pain in people’s lives. However, it is not always sinful to be angry, and the Bible has much to say about anger. This blog will touch on some of it. 

For instance, God Himself is “angry at the wicked every day (Psalm 7:11).” Jesus was angry as noted in Mark 3:5, “He [Jesus] looked around at them with anger grieved at their hardness of heart…”   

Jesus was angry with the money changers as described in Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; and John 2:13-22. Jesus’ anger was described as “zeal for His house (John 2:17).” Jesus’ anger was perfectly just and without sin. Jesus was never selfishly angry. When Jesus was angry it was always controlled and dealt with rightly.

  • Righteous anger reacts against actual sin.
  • Righteous anger is focused on God’s glory and kingdom, not our own.
  • Righteous anger is accompanied by other godly qualities and expresses itself in godly ways.
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