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Christians Dealing With Panic Attacks and Anxiety – Ask Pastor Tim

Christians Dealing With Panic Attacks and Anxiety – Ask Pastor Tim


Okay, so I announced on
Sunday that I hoped to deal with panic attacks,
or anxiety attacks. There are definite similarities between
panic and anxiety, and depression. Lots of connections. Look, I don’t know all the lingo, I don’t stay up with all
the current [research]. Kenny actually said
that he’s got a 3-hour lecture that he’s got to
sit through tomorrow. Where are you brother? What’s
the actual title of the class? “It’s Advanced Mental Health.” And you’re going to hear
three hours on what topic? “Mood Disorders and Anxiety.” So he’s going to go hear the
secular take on all this tomorrow. And so we’re going to
try to give a Christian and a scriptural
take on it tonight; maybe Kenny can come back next
week and tell us how different the medical world and the psychiatric
world approaches these things. (P) Now, Anxiety, Panic. I can tell you right off that obviously
I am limited in experiences. I certainly am not a professional
in dealing with these things. I am not an authority. Obviously there is a lot
more that could be said, but as with everything,
my authority to teach doesn’t come from the latest
psychiatric journals. The guy that’s going to
lecture to Kenny tomorrow, where does he get what he is going to say? Well, he is going to get it probably
from the latest authorities. Basically, I’m going to go
back to the same thing that Christians have been going
back to for 2,000 years. I am under a mandate – not to preach
the latest medical journals – I am under a mandate to
preach the Word of God. Look, I think one of the
questions you have to ask if you are experiencing anxiety,
anxiety attacks, panic attacks; one of the questions that
you have to settle is this: “Is Scripture sufficient to help you
deal with the problem or isn’t it?” That really has to be answered
right from the beginning. (P) Is Scripture sufficient to handle
panic attacks in Christians? And I emphasize the “in
Christians”, because listen, I am not going to speak
(I mean, very little) on panic and anxiety
in unsaved people. That is not what I’m here to deal with. Undoubtedly, when Kenny sits through
his 3-hour lecture tomorrow, they’re not even going to come at it
from any kind of Christian standpoint. They don’t care if people
are Christians or not. They’re just looking for
people with panic attacks. They’re looking for anxiety. They want to give names and
categories to everything, and they want to figure
out, and they want to diagnose, and they want
to give it a name. And then they want to
medicate it by that name: “What’s the latest medications
that go along with treating that certain
syndrome or that disease?” They want to tag everything. Craig was telling me right now
that pedophilia is now a disease. And, undoubtedly, as soon as
something is diagnosed as a disease, then it’s treated not as
though it’s your fault; now you’re a victim, and on and on it goes. So, as we’re getting
started, let’s pray. (P) Father, I ask You to help us and guide us. I know this is a sensitive issue.
I know that it’s a real issue. And I pray, Father, that You would allow that the words that would be said here
in this place tonight would be helpful. We want it to align with your Word,
we want it to be pleasing to You. I pray all this in the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (P) Okay, if you have your Bibles you
can open them up to Matthew 6. Again, I am not even trying to make
it a point to know all the lingo, but I’m assuming that what used to
be known as a Nervous Breakdown is actually what today is called an
Anxiety Attack or a Panic Attack. I’m just making that assumption. I don’t hear that word used much anymore, but I’m assuming that it’s
probably the same thing. When we’re talking about
depression, anxiety, something that’s
very interesting is, often the same drugs
medically are used if people have depression
or if they have anxiety. So, obviously, the doctors are
treating them the same way. Are there relationships? I think there are; although, obviously,
anxiety is not exactly the same as being depressed
or being in despair. They may be linked, and I think
there’s lots of parallels. And I think dealing with them, the remedy,
is very much to be found in the same place. So whether it’s a nervous breakdown… I would even bring various
mental disorders into this. (P) But panic attacks: what are we talking? How many here have experienced any thing
that you would call an anxiety attack, a panic attack, depression? [Pause]. What happened to Kath? [Audience]: Sitting on the floor. [Tim]: Oh okay, I just didn’t see the hand. Okay, so a fair number of people here. Look, there can be circumstances,
there can be reasons, there can be things happening in
your life that contribute to this. I want to come back to this again: listen, I want to deal
tonight with Christians. I’m not talking about somebody that said a
prayer and they’re saying they’re saved, and there’s no real indications. Look, if you don’t know the Lord, you’ve
got every reason to be depressed, in despair, and panicking; because
your situation is really bad, because hell is real, and God’s wrath
is real, and your time is short. And so, what we’re dealing
with is Christians. You see, that is so important, because
as soon as you’re dealing with a Christian, you’re now dealing with a category of
people, that, when the truth is known, they don’t really
have a reason to be depressed, no matter what
the circumstance is. They don’t have a reason to
be panicked or anxiety-filled when the truth about their
condition is known. (P) The truth – haven’t we heard
this, don’t we hear this – the truth shall set you free. Now you can examine that
and say, “Well, what’s the context and what
does He mean there? Set us free, how?” But I can tell you this, He doesn’t give
us a lot of exact particulars there. But it sets free. The truth sets you free. And what does it set you free from? Well, the truth sets us free from all
sorts of slaveries and bondages. It sets us free from all manner of things. And one of the things that it certainly
sets us free from is hopelessness. It sets us free from having
to be filled with the anxiety over the things that the world
is full of anxiety over. You see, the thing is, that as soon
as we’re dealing with a Christian and we talk about any fears or
anxieties that that person has, they’re unfounded. Underline that.
Unfounded. You see, when I talk about unfounded fears,
that’s such an important connection. People’s fears and anxieties are
very founded when they’re lost. But if they’re not lost, if a person is
saved, all their anxieties are unfounded. That doesn’t mean that there
aren’t scary things out there; but your fear of them is unfounded. (P) You think about it, somebody
can kill your body – I mean, think about the scariest guy
that might torture you for a long time – and yet doesn’t Jesus say your
fear of him is unfounded, because after he kills your body
there’s nothing more he can do. In fact, He says, “Don’t fear him.” You see, the reality is, the
scariest things in this world, your fear of it is unfounded. Why? “He that is with us is greater
than he that is in the world.” Even if the devil himself is standing
outside the doorway of your bedroom; and even though that, in and of
itself, is kind of a scary scenario, He that’s with you
inside the bedroom is greater than he that’s
standing at the door. You see, your fears are unfounded. He even said, “I’ll never leave you
or forsake you.” Didn’t He say that? You see, the truth sets us
free from these things. (P) So, unfounded. Panic attacks, anxiety attacks, or even depression, which
is a little bit different, they’re based on unfounded
factors, unfounded fears. But they are fears and
anxieties nevertheless. The person is gripped by them. Even though the reasons are unfounded, they
grip the person, they affect the person. And how do they affect the person? Well, sometimes people hyperventilate, sometimes the heart palpitates, sometimes they break out
into a cold sweat – they’re seized, they’re gripped by a
fear that sometimes is paralyzing. I know a pastor friend that was telling me
that years ago when he was younger, he could barely go to the post office
and just deliver mail or whatever. Sometimes it’s a real panic of going out
into public, being exposed to people, because that all the more compounds it, because you’re in the midst of
people and it’s embarrassing, and that tends to make
you panic all the more. And so, crowds often set these things off. But what happens is, basically, whether
we’re talking about depression, whether we’re talking about
these anxiety attacks, it presses the person
to the point where they feel like they just cannot
cope with that moment, like they just gotta get out of there. They’re unable to deal
with what’s happening. (P) And I do think it’s interesting, I was
just trying to think through Scripture. Do we have any examples in
Scripture of people who… you know, sometimes you hear in
Scripture the idea of people trembling. But let me ask you, how often in your life
have you ever really got to the point where you were so affected by something
that you literally trembled? Or that your legs almost gave out? Or that your mouth got so
dry that you couldn’t talk, you thought your legs might not hold you, or you began to break out and
perspire and literally tremble? I mean, I think that it’s not real common. In fact, some people probably feel like… maybe I’m not exactly certain what that is. But just going through Scripture,
you don’t have to turn to these, I want you just to sit
there in Matthew 6. (P) Job, in Job 3:26, he says, “I’m
not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.” And obviously, those troubles were real. The devil was bringing
real troubles in his life. He’s a man that is just not at rest. He was definitely a man
that was in turmoil. He was a man that said, the things
that he feared they came upon him. Now we might look at that and say,
“Well, is that an unfounded fear? The things that came upon him were real.” Well, again, I would say if
a person knows the Lord… and see, you know the rest of the story. In fact, that’s one of the problems. One of the problems is, we don’t
know the rest of the story. And so we become gripped
by fear over things because we’re deathly afraid
of what might happen. It’s nice when you know
the end of the story. You see, if we could just see
ourselves there before the Lord, and every tear wiped away,
and full of eternal joy… But you see, the thing is,
we can see that by faith, even if we can’t see it
with the literal eye. And that’s the issue. This battle really becomes a battle between
fear and faith, back and forth. (P) Eliphaz – this is one of job’s
friends – he said this: “Amid thoughts from visions of the
night, when deep sleep falls on men, dread came upon me, and trembling,
which made all my bones shake.” Now this seems like he might
have had a demonic experience. And you know what? That may be one of the
very real factors involved in depression or involved
in anxiety attacks. The devil is real. We’re just playing around right
here at the tip of the iceberg. (P) Listen to this in Psalm 53:5, “There they are, in great terror – this is
interesting – where there is no terror.” Scripture describes that kind of situation. “There they are, in great terror,
where there is no terror.” Or you have a proverb
that’s similar: “The wicked flee when no one
pursues.” (Prov. 28:1). People are afraid. I know that’s speaking specifically about
a wicked person, not about a Christian. But the reality is, Scripture talks about
people who are afraid when no one is there; people who are running
when no one is pursuing; people who are in great terror
when there’s no terror. Or you have the psalmist, David (James touched on this several weeks back) in Psalm 55, “Fear and trembling come
upon me, and horror overwhelms me.” You get this reality in Scripture. Are these guys just being hyperbolic?
Is this hyperbole? Are they just exaggerating when
they talk about trembling? I don’t think so. And there’s
no reason to believe that. “Fear and trembling [come upon
me], and horror overwhelms me.” I don’t think they’re just exaggerating. Paul says, “I was with you in weakness
and in fear and much trembling.” Think about that, the apostle Paul. I mean, there’s a man of faith,
and yet he’s in much trembling? I mean, he was put through
circumstances that pushed him. Undoubtedly, of all the people
on the face of the earth, you’ve got to know that the devil
was probably really targeting Paul. Trembling. (P) Now here’s something that I
think if you just think about; and I’ve got numerous verses
here that I think touch on this; but think with me here. If you fall into depression,
or have a nervous breakdown, or have an anxiety attack,
whatever your condition, (and I recognize, everybody
may be different), one of the things is this: In the little bit of time
that we have here, we obviously can’t deal with
every single scenario. The truth is, every situation
has to be taken separately, but there’s some general things
that are true all the way around. Think with me here. When a person goes through
these kind of ordeals, sometimes there’s
physical aspects to it. There’s something organic,
or chemical, sometimes. But any time, every time,
all the time, when people go through situations like
this, it’s spiritual. (P) Now follow that. Physical things may
play in sometimes, but spiritual things come
into play all the time. You can’t get away from it. If you’re dealing with fears, if
you’re dealing with anxieties, you’re dealing with the mind,
you’re dealing with thinking, you’re in the realm of the spiritual. If you’re suffering depression or anxiety, it has to do with the soul
or with the spirit of man, with the mind of
man, every single time. You can’t get away from that reality. Why is that important? Because that means that every single
time we’re dealing with this, even if it is a thyroid gland,
or postpartum depression; even if it is a chemical imbalance; even if mental – you’ve
got some kind of brain damage and it’s coming
into play in this – even if that’s the fact, even if there
is some identifiable physical factor; every situation, whether it’s physical
or not, is a spiritual event. And that means that there is a
place in every single situation for the Word of God to be applied
to the soul of that person. That’s critical. And you know, we have to come to
this conclusion like I said before: either Scripture is
sufficient, or it’s not. Because if you say, “Look,
I’ve gone to Scripture, and I’ve got a form of anxiety
that is not addressed there, and there’s no answer to it there,” then I would say you’re an unbeliever, because a believer is going to
find something from God’s Word. And I have that based on the
authority of God’s Word. (P) Just think about this.
I’m going to go back to, “Every situation is a
spiritual situation.” Just think of this, Proverbs 4:23; these are off-handed verses, but just see
how they collectively build together: “Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.” Everything in your life flows out
of – what does it say? – the heart. As soon as we are talking
about the heart or the mind, we’re talking about spiritual issues,
issues that have to do with the spirit. I mean, when you talk
about cleansing yourself from every defilement
of body and spirit, well, where is that? where are
the defilements of the spirit? The spirit is the inanimate part
of man, right? The thinking part. It’s not necessarily a specific
organ that you can find; the heart of the man. And we can say this: from the
heart flow the springs of life. Everything. Everything is
flowing out of there. (P) Or I just think of this: “Do all things
without grumbling or disputing.” Now just think about that. Every single thing that
you do, is something that has a spring
or an association with that part of you that grumbles,
or complains, or disputes. 1 Corinthians 2:15, “The spiritual
person judges all things.” The spiritual person judges all things. And I’m just saying, everything
has a spiritual angle. We know that for those who love
God, all things work together. You see, every single aspect of the life
of the Christian is a spiritual aspect. It’s a spiritual reality. It
has spiritual implications. It comes back to faith, it
comes back to thinking, it comes back to the mind, it
comes back to the heart of man. Everything. (P) I Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore do not
pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to
light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the
purposes of the heart.” I’m just thinking about Judgment Day.
What happens on Judgment Day? Every purpose of your heart is disclosed. Every purpose; everything that
you do; everything you think; everything that you apply your will to; everything with purpose is going to
come under the examination of God. What category does that put everything in? It puts it in the spiritual category. This is my point: You may
have physical aspects; I think when you have somebody that’s
experiencing depression or panic attacks, should you look there? Yes. Is there maybe even a place
to visit a doctor? Yeah. There can be physical aspects undoubtedly. You may find that something is
physically wrong with the person. You may find that something is
wrong with their sleep pattern, something is wrong with their eating; something is wrong somewhere. That can be very real. But you know what? There are times when there doesn’t
need to be anything physical, but it’s still spiritual.
Everything is spiritual. Everything comes back to that. And if it comes back to that,
then we need to recognize this: Scripture has something to say to it. (P) Listen to 2 Peter: “May grace
and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God
and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us ALL
things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him.” And where does that knowledge come from? There’s only one place – Scripture. You know 2 Timothy 3, it
gives us this reality that “all scripture is breathed out
by God, profitable for teaching, reproof, correction,
training in righteousness; that the man of God may be complete
(or the woman of God complete) equipped for every good work.” Scripture does that.
Scripture has an answer. “How can a young man keep his
way pure (or a young woman)?” Whether you have panic attacks or not,
how can you keep your way pure? “By guarding it according to
Your Word.” (Psalm 119:9). (P) Or, “The law of the LORD is
perfect, reviving the soul.” It’s perfect, it’s complete,
for reviving the soul. This is critical, because
if you get to the place where it’s like, “Nah,
Scripture doesn’t answer,” then you know where you’re gonna go? You’re gonna go to men’s opinions.
That’s where you’re gonna go. And men are idiots without the help of God. Oh they can tell you how far
away certain galaxies are, but then they believe it
came from a Big Bang, and they wipe God out of the
equation altogether. And listen, I’m not the
one who made that up. God says, “Wanting to be wise,
they became fools.” (Rom. 1:22). And if you want to listen to men, you’re
gonna end up with the opinion of fools. The doctors are fools. All you have to do is look at the history. Look at what the doctors
were saying ten years ago: it’s entirely different than
what they’re saying now. They change their minds all the time. They don’t have answers. They want to take things that are sin
and they want to make them diseases, because they’re lost, and because
they’re in the power of the evil one, and the evil one wants to destroy people. He is the father of lies. He doesn’t want people to recognize that
they are guilty sinners before a holy God, and to repent, and to
seek salvation in Christ. He wants people to think that they
can figure it all out on their own, and they don’t need God, and
they don’t need His Truth, and they don’t need His Word, and they can
figure it out, and they’re wise enough; and they want to put their
confidence in the arm of the flesh. And that’s just the reality. (P) And if you think there’s no answer in
Scripture… see, I don’t think that. What I think is, that every
single spiritual problem that man can ever have is
addressed in the Word of God. I believe that. And if you don’t believe that,
you’re gonna end up in big trouble. This is the only safe place. And you have to ask this.
Everybody has to ask this. Now look, I would not say that I
have experienced panic attacks. When I was lost, nothing like that. It didn’t run in my family; I didn’t know anybody that
suffered from depression; I didn’t know anybody
that had panic attacks. I mean, we were just a bunch
of drunk foul-mouthed Irish. And then when I got saved, the first ten
years, I didn’t know anything about that. I mean, unmoved assurance. Every day, Christianity
was just a total joy. It wasn’t till I became a
pastor that I actually began to experience aspects
of spiritual warfare that kind of pushed me a lot closer
to the edge than ever before. There were some real battles in the soul, and battles to not fall into
depression, not so much anxiety. I mean, I just had some times when
it felt like I was in a vice. I mean, sometimes I remember
Whitfield talking about feeling like the devil was
pressing on his chest. I used to feel that on a regular basis. It felt like I was in
some all-out battle. (P) But I can tell you this: In all the
things that I had to go through, I was absolutely persuaded of this –
the answer to my struggles is in Scripture. I was absolutely convinced of that. And as Christians we
have to be absolutely convinced that if you
want to be made complete, and if you want to be made perfect,
and if you want to have your heart revived, and if we’re gonna be granted all things
that pertain to life and godliness; it’s going to come through
that knowledge of Him, it’s going to come through His Word, it’s
going to come through His promises. (P) Now here’s the thing: When
you come to Scripture, the most saturated area
of Scripture concerning anxiety is to be found on
the Sermon on the Mount. Hands down. Matthew chapter 6, and
that’s where I had you turn. And we want to look at this, because the term “anxious”
between Matthew 6:25 and 6:34, those ten verses, we
find the word “anxious”. It shows up in verse 25. It shows up in verse 27, verse 28. It shows up in verse 31, and
it shows up twice in verse 34. Anxiety – here it is,
the most saturated portion of Scripture
dealing with this topic. And so, look, Jesus is the authority. If He’s going to talk to us about
anxiety, we do really well to listen, because He’s a master
at it, and He hits all sorts of aspects that
have to do with it, that are well worth pointing out. (P) So, anxious. The idea of the word “anxious” is the idea
of being distracted or pulled apart. It’s being distracted by these
apprehensions about possible dangers, distracting cares, concerns, worries. Look, the truth is, it’s a form of fear. And you see it right here in
this text, because if you look; well, actually, we’re gonna see it
in the parallel passage in Luke. But it’s the idea of the what-ifs. It’s looking at tomorrow like, “Oh
no!” – foreboding all the time – “What’s gonna happen? This is gonna happen. I fear this is gonna happen.” And it’s just living in
the shadow all the time. Or, “If I go over there,
what’s gonna happen?” You may be being
bombarded by feelings of inability and the sense
of being overwhelmed. It’s like I was talking
about this pastor friend; it can be like where even going to the
post office is like climbing the Himalayas. I mean, it’s just like you’ve
got to go over this hurdle. And if you think about
it in a time when you don’t have any of those
fears or things; I mean, driving to the post office; it’s like, you could listen to the
radio or you could sing a hymn or you could enjoy the sunrise. And you can go over there
and come back, and it could be just an
enjoyable time away. But something clouds the mind,
something fills us with this fear. “Oh, what if this happens?
what if that happens?” (P) And if you look at the parallel passage,
you don’t have to go over there, I want you just to stay here in Matthew 6. But over in Luke 12, He said to
His disciples in Luke 12:22, “I tell you, do not be anxious.” Then He comes back in verse
29, “Do not be worried.” And then He comes back in Luke
12:32, and He says, “Fear not.” You see that? “Don’t be anxious;
don’t worry; don’t fear.” It’s all kind of synonymous language,
because that’s exactly what happens. If you talk to somebody
that’s having a panic attack, and you say, “Are you
full of anxiety?” “Yes.” “Are you full of worries?” “Yes.” “Are you afraid?” “Yes.” And those are three of the words
that He hits on right off there. I mean, the daily concerns of life
can turn into these overwhelming worries: “What if this happens? What if…?”
and there’s this foreboding. And it paralyzes, because
instead of going on with life and confronting our
present circumstances, which is what Jesus is saying; He says, “Quit worrying about the future,
today has enough worries for itself.” That’s how He ends there in Matthew 6. Stop worrying about tomorrow;
you may not even be alive. None of us may be alive. (P) But the thing is, we come back
to this if you’re a Christian. If you’re a Christian, and
even if the devil was let loose on you like he
was let loose on Job, where’s Job right now? I
mean, Job is in glory. Job was a righteous man. He’s with the Lord. He’s
walking with the Lord. Paul adequately sums it up: what does he call what we
have to endure right now? “Momentary, light” – that’s what
he calls it – “afflictions.” The worst thing that could happen;
now look, who was he talking to? He was talking to early
Christians twenty centuries ago. I mean, what if the Romans came in and they
threw your whole family out to the lions? Is that pretty bad? Even if they did that. What if they put you on the
rack and they tortured you? Some were sawn in two,
do you ever read that? I mean, that’s kind of a bad day
when you’re getting sawn in half. But momentary, light? Listen, if we really
understand what heaven is, and what it is Christ has
purchased for His people, it is such a glory that is coming. But you see, when the anxiety
comes you lose sight of that. Anxiety causes you to forget. It causes you to shut down as far
as remembering God’s faithfulness, remembering God’s promises,
remembering who God is. The remembering function is that which
has to be kicked back into high gear. It shuts down. And it’s not
good, it’s not healthy. (P) So, what we have to do is, we
have to take all these fears, all these anxieties, all these
thoughts that are going to the mind, and we have to submit them and
subject them to Scripture; and let the Scripture control,
let the truth set us free. We have to go back to that again. Thinking, thinking, thinking. The mind. Listen, Scripture says this,
(you need to think about this): concerning sin, it says, “You need
to consider yourselves dead to sin.” Why do I hit that text? Because when Paul says in Romans 6:11 that as a Christian you must consider
yourself dead to sin and alive to God, he is saying, “You need to consider in
your mind certain things to be true.” When Scripture says,
“Set your mind on things above,” do you know what
Scripture is assuming? Listen, one of the descriptions in Romans
8, is that a person that’s a Christian, they have a mind set on
the things of the Spirit. Or James went through Philippians; Philippians 4: 8, what does
it say we need to think on? Things that are what? Just
tell me one of the words. (P) [Audience]: True. Excellent.
Worthy of praise. (P) [Tim]: Okay, what do all
those verses indicate? They indicate that you have the ability
to think on what you want to think on. Some people have this idea, “Well, I
can’t control what I think about.” The authors of Scripture
certainly think you can. When you’re told to set your mind
on things above, what is that? That is telling you, that just
like I can set this cup… you know, if I’m sitting
here drinking this, and my wife yells from the bedroom over
there, “Set that cup down,” I set it down. That cup, I’ve got the ability
to put that thing down there. Scripture is saying, just
like you can set that cup, it’s telling you, “Set your brain on
certain things. Set your mind there.” This is key, because I’ll tell you what
happens to people who fall into depression and people who fall into anxiety: Oftentimes, the people that
are most able to help them are the people that help
them get their minds back on what they need
to get their minds on. That’s what needs to happen.
We need to think right. We need to think about the things that
we need to be thinking about. (P) Now, let’s actually look at Matthew 6. “Therefore I tell you, do not be
anxious about your life.” (v 25). Now let’s just start right
here: “Do not be anxious.” If Jesus tells us not to be anxious and we
are, we’re not keeping His commandments. I’ll tell you right off. When Jesus says do not
be anxious, if we are anxious we need to recognize
this for what it is. You see, this is the
medical community today: “Anxiety is alcoholism. Now pedophilia.
It’s not your fault, it’s a disease.” As soon as you say that, you are a victim – just like you’d be a victim if you got
cancer, or smallpox, or meningitis. It’s not true. Jesus says, “Do not be anxious.” If you are anxious, you are defying Christ. You’re going against Him. It’s sin. We need to
call anxiety what it is. It is based on fears that God
does not want us to have. We need to be clear on that. He says, “Do not be anxious.”
We need to recognize that. Jesus says to us, “Don’t be anxious.” (P) Paul tells us to “rejoice
in the Lord always.” Listen, if you fall into
depression, it’s sin. To be “not rejoicing in
the Lord” is to be going against the specific
instruction of Scripture. Now look, there may be factors that
are present in a person’s life that are applying
enormous pressure to be anxious, or to be fearful,
or to be depressed. But do you know, no matter what
circumstance any person ever faces, sin is never justifiable.
Never. Not once. (P) Worry: look at verse 25, “I tell you,
do not be anxious about your life.” Go to verse 31, “Therefore
do not be anxious.” Verse 34, “Therefore do not
be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Do you know what Peter tells us? We used to sing this; we still do: “Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your cares
(or anxieties) upon Him; for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:6-7). (P) “Humble yourselves.” Listen, when you don’t
cast your fears and anxieties on the Lord,
it’s a mark of pride. Peter says, “Humble yourselves and
unload those things on the Lord.” What’s pride? You see, pride is thinking too much
of self and too little of God. And how is that thinking too little of God? “Well, I’m just afraid
to commit these things because I don’t really think
the Lord can take care of it. I’m scared to death something may
happen to one of my children, and I just don’t think I
can entrust Him with this. I’m scared to death something may
happen to one of my relatives, or a person I dearly love, and
I cannot commit them to Him; and I’m just worried all the time; and I cannot trust God to
do what I want God to do, because I know God, I know the God
of Scripture, He may let them die.” You know what? He might. But Scripture still says it’s
all working out for our good, and He still says that He’ll
not leave us or forsake us. And we can trust Him. We
can trust Him to do right. The Judge of all the earth will do
right, and we can trust Him to do it. And the thing is, we have to remember this: “For He careth for you. He careth for you.” That’s how that ends – He cares for you. You see, we’re not dealing with a God
who is a tyrant and is angry at us. Not as Christians. If you’re lost, yes He is angry with you. But the thing is, if we’re
Christians He cares for us. (P) It is a manifestation of pride. And here’s the thing: It’s much
more comfortable to be a victim. It’s much more comfortable to say, “Oh,
woe is me; I get these anxiety attacks,” and to come off as though, “It’s
not my sin. I’m a victim.” You know why it’s more comfortable?
Because victims get pity. But if you fess up and
say, “It’s my unbelief. It’s my unfounded,
unwarranted fears, because I just see God
as being way too little. I dishonor God when I don’t trust Him.” You see, when you admit that,
it’s not so comfortable. To be guilty, to be blameworthy, to have to admit fears, anxieties,
depressions, worries, are our fault, it’s more difficult. (P) Matthew 6:25, He says, “I tell you,
do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink.” And I recognize, in a world where lots of
people were trying to survive day to day, where they didn’t have an abundance, their anxieties may have
surfaced in other areas. We live in a wealthy society. Nobody here is worrying about whether
we’re going to eat tomorrow. Our anxieties tend to crop
up in different places. But nevertheless, you notice the anxieties
here are about things in this life, and the same principles that have to do
with our food, our drink, our body, it has to do with everything else. “Is not life more than food, and
the body more than clothing?” And here is what you want to get at: He is going to tell us about
the character of God. You see, this is the key.
This is always the key. We have to remember who God
is and what He has promised. He says, “Look at the
birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap
nor gather into barns, and yet – notice – ‘your’.” He’s talking to Christians. He would never talk this
way to lost people, because lost people
should mourn and wail. Scripture says that. He’s telling them, as
children of the Father, “Your heavenly Father
feeds them (the birds). Are you not of more value than they?” Of more value to who? To the Father.
Obviously. He’s hitting the tenderness.
God is your Father. He’s your heavenly Father. (P) This is like Peter saying,
“He cares for you.” You see, a little child doesn’t
have to run around being anxious about where their next meal is coming from. They don’t have to run around
being anxious about anything. Why? Because they trust mommy and
daddy are gonna take care of it. Little children don’t even
worry about those things. You don’t start worrying about those
things till you get to be older. Why? Because the child just knows
mommy and daddy are gonna take care of it. And He is saying, these animals
get cared for, all the time. And in the sight of your Father in
heaven, you are of much greater value. You see, one of the things that
comes with all these fears, is we feel like we’re alone. We feel like God has abdicated, He
has vacated us, He’s not there. We feel like He really has forsaken. We feel like Psalm 22, “My God, my
God, why have you forsaken me?” There’s this sense; but He hasn’t. He’s saying, He cares for
you, He loves you. (P) And then verse 27, “Which
of you by being anxious can add a single hour
to his span of life?” What a thing to say! You go into depression, you curl
up in a ball, and you lay in bed. What good are you going
to bring of anything? You’re full of anxiety and
you have a panic attack; and so you basically go into hiding,
and you just feed all this anxiety. Can you change anything
by all your worrying? You can get an ulcer, but
by all your worrying can you change what’s
going to happen? Can you change it? You can’t change it. You can’t change any of the future. So here’s the thing about it: People that are going through panic
attacks, what are they accomplishing by it? The panic and the anxieties, the worries,
the fears, are not changing anything. It’s kind of like jealousy. It hurts the person, but it
doesn’t really do any good. It just rots the person, it decays
the person, it destroys the person, but it doesn’t help. (P) “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was
not arrayed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow
is thrown into the oven, – notice the ‘much more’ – will
He not much more [clothe you]?” You see, He’s concerned,
He’s watching, He knows. “O you of little faith.” You see that? Faith versus fear – that’s the issue. “You of little faith.” Is it faith? Is it fear? That’s what He said to them
in the parallel passage – “Fear not, little flock, for
it is your Father’s good…” Are you gonna fear, are you gonna be full
of anxiety? or is there gonna be faith? He says, “O you of little faith.”
This is a little faith issue. You are not trusting God when
you are full of anxieties. Why? What did David say? He said,
“I can go against a troop!” Not only can I make it to the post office, not only can I overcome my fears of
being in a crowd and make it to church, I can go against a troop
if God is with me. (P) “Therefore do not be anxious,
saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’
or ‘What shall we wear?’ – now notice this, this is good – For the Gentiles…” What’s the Gentile? The Gentile is
just a good picture of lost people. That’s what He means when He uses it here. The Gentiles; in other words, they
worry about all these things. They’re troubled. And He says, “Your heavenly Father
knows that you need them all.” I mean, so much we need to
remember about who our Father is. But just focus in on the
‘Gentiles’ right there. I mean, you just think about that –
“the Gentiles seek after all these things.” You know what? We can understand
why the world is stressed out. We can understand that. We can understand why they’re anxious
and why they’re full of worries. I mean, I think about it. I’m 53 years old. I think about what life would be like
if I was getting older and older, and didn’t know the Lord, and death was coming closer and closer. It’s like, when you’re young, you feel
like you have some breathing room; but as you get older and older and older, it’s like you become more and more
hedged in, and death is coming. (P) We can understand, the world, the
things that they want to hold on to, they just go through
their fingers like sand. They want to hold on to their money; they want to hold on to their
financial stability and security; they want to hold on to their youthfulness,
and they want to hold on to their health, and they want to hold on to this world. They’re worried about
all of it, and yet the thing is, it’s all going
to be taken away. Everything they are worried about: they’re worried about their
children, it’s gonna be taken away; they’re worried about their
wealth, it’s gonna be taken away; they’re worried about their possessions,
how they get so bent out of shape – this little thing gets a dent, or
that thing over there gets scraped – it’s all gonna be taken away. Everything. We can totally understand
why Gentiles, who are lost, would be in a panic about
all sorts of things. (P) I heard like 23 or
27 million Americans supposedly deal with
panic attacks right now. I mean, can you imagine, you’re
lost, you’re facing [eternity]. The scientists are trying to
tell you there’s a Big Bang, “What? Am I headed to nothingness?
What is this life? Just some random thing and
I’m facing eternity?” You know what the problem is? Scripture says eternity
is written on our hearts. No matter what the scientists
tell us, we’ve got a conscience. And it tells you, “Judgment Day,
Judgment Day, Judgment Day. You are headed towards a God that
you have to give an account to.” And there is something
in there, no matter how much we try to suppress
it and block it out, it just keeps speaking,
accusing us, accusing us. And it’s like, you can imagine why people,
their conscience is accusing. (P) I know where I’d be. If I wasn’t dead already by drinking
myself into oblivion, that’s where I’d be. I mean, the bottle would be to my lips; because you can’t deal with it. It’s like, “I don’t want
to think about it.” You’re either gonna medicate it, you’re gonna run to the
doctor and say, “I’ve got panic attacks!
Give me the drugs!” And have you ever seen the drugs? Sometimes, we go over to
Papa’s house in the evenings, and oftentimes it’s right
about when the news comes; and we’re gonna
go out to eat with him. But when they’re running the evening news, they run all those medication
commercials for old people. And they’ve got ones for
depression and for panic. And it’s like, “Now the side-effects
here are: they may cause suicide; they may cause feelings of depression;
they may cause feelings of anxiety.” And you’re like, “Wait! That’s
what they’re supposed to treat!” It’s like, they don’t even have an answer. It’s almost like they’re saying,
“Yeah, take these medicines, we want to sell you billions
of dollars of these.” (P) The truth is, we live in an
age of just rampant idolatry. People just wanting stuff, and
fighting, and madly reaching, and retirement, and saving. And they’re just gonna lose it all. The problem is, we live in this age
where Jesus says, “Don’t lay it up here.” Why? “You’ve got moths, and you’ve
got thieves, and you’ve got rust.” And that’s the problem – we
live in an age of decay. Why? Because everything is cursed. We live in a cursed
universe where everything is decaying, including
our own lives. Everything is running out.
Everything is wearing out. And so we can’t lay hold on
anything, we can’t keep a grasp. And then we’ve got a medical
community with all of its drugs, wanting to drug everybody
up for everything. (P) Look, I’m not gonna say
that there aren’t some things that can
legitimately be medicated. But you know as well as I do, that
our medical community has run wild, and they are prescribing
drugs for things that are biblically defined
as nothing but sin. And people don’t need
drugs, they need to repent. That’s the real issue in
so much of this stuff. And the psychiatric people, they’re gonna
try to convince our brother Kenny tomorrow, that it’s all syndromes and diseases. But when you go down through this,
you know what’s interesting? He says, “Your heavenly Father knows
that you have need of them all.” (P) There was a time I was really
wrestling, really struggling. I mean, I just felt like I was under
a massive barrage and attack, it was driving me crazy. And it drove me to pray;
I was much in prayer. And you know what? No
matter how much I prayed, I just felt like God had given the devil
license to put me under a barrage. And in the midst of it, I knew this: I could come to this solid conclusion: “Father, I’m praying to You, and I know You
hear me, and I know You’re in control. And so, if I’ve prayed that
this thing be taken away and it’s not being taken
away, and You’re in control, I trust You. You want this to be happening, and You’re
wanting to accomplish something through it. I just need You to show me,”
which I believe He did. But we need to have that
rock-solid [conclusion]. This is what Jesus is driving at: You need to know who your Father is
in the midst of all these anxieties. He is a Father who cares for you.
He’s your Father. Look, if He cares for all the birds
and all the flowers around you, and He values you so much more, don’t you
think He’s going to take care of you? And the thing is, He knows what
you need before you ask. (P) And when you look over at the
parallel passages in Luke, you have this glorious reality:
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good
pleasure to give you the kingdom.” In other words, when it comes to the
stuff here that you’re anxious about, He’s got you covered and
He knows your needs. And if you seek first the
kingdom of heaven, all these things are going
to be added unto you. And what about beyond? “Fear not, little flock. Don’t
have anxieties about that either, because the kingdom is reserved for you.” You don’t have to be all uptight. You
don’t have to be up in arms. (P) Listen, we are the only people
on the face of the earth that really have a right to walk around
with no anxieties and with no fears. Oh, a healthy fear of God, yes; but not these kinds of fears that
are based on all these anxieties. Because, listen, think about
it, you work backwards; this is typically the way that
you want to work through it. What does Jesus do? Jesus identifies the anxiety,
and then He works back from it. “You’re gonna be anxious about this thing?
Well, don’t be anxious about that thing,” and then He works back and He
hits the character of God, “Here’s why you don’t want to be anxious
about that, because God is like this.” And if we work back on all of our anxieties
and all of our fears, what are they? What is it we’re really afraid of? You know what you’ll be able to put
your finger on every single time? That you’re failing to
believe God, and you’re failing to see God as
the God that He is. You’re failing to take God for
who He says He is in Scripture, and you’re failing to lay hold
on the promises that He gives. Listen, that is behind every
true Christian’s depression, behind their panics, behind their
anxieties, behind their fears. What’s happening? They are
forgetting who God is. And it’s never excusable,
no matter if you’re under the most vicious
attacks of Satan. (P) Listen, let me tell you,
I think it was Pergamum. To the church at Pergamum, Jesus says, “I know where you are; you
are where Satan dwells. Yet I have these things against you.” Now just think about that.
What does that say? It doesn’t matter if you’re in the hottest
climate when it comes to spiritual warfare. Jesus still had those things against them, and did not dismiss their wrongs
because of the intensity of the battle. He still said, “I have this against you.” Or think with me here – Asa. Asa was diseased in his feet, and yet he was faulted because
he did not go to God, he went to the doctors. You say, “Well, come on,
the man was in pain, the man was in turmoil. Why in
the world would you fault him?” No! Even though it’s true
his feet were diseased, and undoubtedly he was in
immense amount of pain, he was faulted for that. Why? Because, again, it’s forgetting. “Is there no God in Israel that you
go running off over there first?” You have to remember who God is. No matter what the situation,
no matter if there’s disease, no matter if there’s some kind of
physical issue, sin is not excused. You find this throughout Scripture
that this is the reality. (P) I think I had some other example. Well, I would just say this,
one that I mentioned already, “Do not fear those who kill the
body but cannot kill the soul.” I mean, hear what’s being said:
“Don’t fear those who kill the body.” If we have fear of man, it’s idolatry. It’s idolatry in the fact that we’re
fearing man more than we’re fearing God, but then it’s idolatry
in the sense that we’re creating a small god
out of the true God. Look, there’s something in the character
of God to answer every single fear, every anxiety, and every depression,
that the true Christian goes through. There’s an answer in the person of God. And that’s where Jesus takes us. He says, “Look, your anxieties, they
don’t do anything for you anyway; but you need to remember who God is.” “O you of little faith” – you suffer from
anxieties like this, it’s a small faith. And remember, faith always has an object. What He is saying is, “You’re of little
faith in who your Father in heaven is. He is in control, He is
powerful, and He cares for you; and He’s your heavenly Father. (P) I mean, have you heard the promises? I was just telling one of the ladies
at the Grace House this last week, that oftentimes when we’re in
the midst of these things, if we can just lay hold on one promise– believers don’t need to
believe every promise that God has ever
given all at once. The fighting the good fight
of faith, in the midst of the battle, is often
clinging to one promise. If you can just cling to
one that you know is true, and you sink your teeth into
and you will not let go of it. God promises. I mean, there’s that wonderful
promise there in Isaiah 43: “When you pass through the
waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they
shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Remember the promises of God. (P) In Pilgrim’s Progress, what happened? Pilgrim and his friend ended up in
Doubting Castle. Giant Despair. Here’s depression, here’s
despair; full of doubts. And, in the end, what was it that
Pilgrim found in his pocket? He found a key. Remember what the key was? Promise. You see, he saw, that in
the Christian battle, it was just latching
on to a promise. And I would say that to anybody,
any Christian, that is fighting, because the reality is,
look, we have an enemy. And he will try to trip
us up; and he will lie. And we heard about it on Sunday,
what is he trying to do? He tries to slander God to us. And he will make us think
that God doesn’t like us; he’ll make us think that
God has abandoned us; he’ll come at us with all manner of lies. And that’s where the battle often is. And when we’re under this attack,
and those attacks may be real, you know, Paul faced a thorn in the flesh. Sometimes people think
that that was physical, but there’s really nothing from the
passage there in 2 Corinthians 12 that indicates the thorn
in the flesh was physical. Anybody recall what that thorn
in the flesh was called? The messenger of Satan. And it seems like it probably
was more like a demonic attack. There’s really nothing from
the passage that seems to indicate that it was
physical necessarily. These things are real. I mean, I’ve experienced these
things being in the ministry. (P) Is it true that people can have
chemical imbalances? Is it true? Yes, all those things are true,
but they never justify sin. A panic attack does not justify sin any
more than a heart attack justifies sin. There’s never a time when it
is right to rebel against God. You remember what happened to Jesus? Jesus, it says in Hebrews
5, “He learned obedience.” What does that mean? It certainly
doesn’t mean that He ever disobeyed. But it says He learned obedience
through what He suffered. In other words, the greater His
suffering got, the more He was taught, the more He learned to obey in the fire. And that’s where we’re at. We’re not justified because
we’re under attack or because there is even:
“I got a thyroid issue, or I got a chemical
imbalance, that makes me feel cranky or somehow
fills me full of fears.” You know, it’s often said that
people that are getting dementia, and certain kinds of fears grip people. I mean, there’s never a time in Scripture
that we are told that a sin is justifiable. At all. And anxiety is being of little faith. It’s fearing, and it’s not
regarding God for who He is. It’s doubting Him. That’s really what’s behind
these things: doubting Him and not taking Him
at his promises. (P) Listen, the battle can be fierce. But this is what we’re called to
do: fight the good fight of faith. Fighting the good fight of faith. Our faith is never tested when life
is easy; it’s tested when it’s hard. It’s tested when the storm
clouds are overhead. It’s tested when you’re in the furnace, and you’re crying out for God, and
you’re wondering where He is. It’s tested when you’re praying and
He’s not answering immediately. It’s tested when His providence in your
life seems like a “frowning providence,” like in the song we sing. But those things ripen fast, and it bursts forth on our head
with all manner of good things. But we have to trust Him. And I know, that’s where I’ve come back to
when I personally have been in the fire and been in the midst of these battles. It’s really coming to set
the mind squarely on, “Who is God? Who is He?
What has He promised?”, and stay there, and cling to that reality
that I know my God is in control. And in light of that, we live. I mean, that’s faith – when
I’m not walking by sight. I’m walking by this God who has
revealed Himself in the Word, and by the truths that He has given,
and that the truth will set me free. But who is He? And I know
this, He’s in control. And I know this: if I am experiencing
unearthly levels of anxiety, He has allowed this to happen. He is putting me through the
fire; He is testing me. And whenever we’re tested,
you know this, He always gives a way out
(I Corinthians 10). There is always a way of
escape without sinning. (P) If we let these fears, if
we let these anxieties, if we let these depressions
grip us and take us down, you know what happens?
We will not be fruitful; we will not be involved in the lives
of others the way we should be; we will not be involved in
relationships the way we ought to be. And the thing is, there are
many things that God would have us to do with our
lives that we will not do. Why? because we shut down.
You become paralyzed. I mean, if you can’t leave the house, how is Jesus gonna say to you, “I
was in prison and you visited Me”? Well, it’s not gonna happen,
because you basically shut down. And all these ways that we’re supposed
to be involved in the lives of others, and use our spiritual gifts to
profit others, we will fail to do. We will fail to love others as we ought,
because you just become crippled. But remembering what the Lord has said. And I mean, there is so much to be
said for going to the Word of God, and in whatever condition you find
yourself, you go to Scripture; and it’s just pleading with the Lord,
“Lord, just give me one promise. Just let me find one promise.” Many of these Christians of old,
I think of Bunyan actually, who wrote about Doubting Castle. I mean, he talks about many of the
trials that he faced early on, just horrible attacks, and full of all
sorts of potential anxieties and despair. And he would often search Scripture,
sometimes for months on end, simply to find one promise
that he could just hold on to, that would carry him through. That’s what you got to do. That’s
fighting this good fight of faith. It’s going to the truth of God’s Word. It’s planting yourself on God’s
promises, and then striving. It’s learning obedience in
the midst of the suffering – that’s following the path of Jesus. (P) James, I know you were
looking at the topic too. What do you have to add to that? (P) [James] I guess 1 Corinthians
10, you referenced that. You pointed this out years ago: Paul says there, it’s not just the way
of escape, but that you may endure it. And you kind of emphasized
that word “endure”, because it’s not a promise to
be instantly delivered, it’s a promise that in the midst of the
fire, the Lord will help you endure it. And sometimes, yeah, these things
don’t go away in the blink of an eye, but you’ve got to keep trusting
the Lord and endure it. (P) [Tim] Yeah, the way out is not
necessarily the way out of the trial. The way out is the way
out of “not sinning”. That is where there’s always a way out. Yeah, the trial actually may
last the rest of your life. Look, I can’t guarantee that. Now, that’s not always the case – there’s many trials we entered
into, and the Lord cuts it short. We’re not given promises that we won’t die. We’re not given promises
that we won’t get a disease that will be with us for
the rest of our days. None of those things are promised. In fact, what we are promised
is “through much tribulation.” And so, finding Christians
that get lambasted by temptations to
distrust, or fear, or be full of anxiety, or to be in
despair, or to fall into depression, that ought not to surprise us. The issue is, what’s the remedy? And Jesus gives us the remedy:
Remember who your God is, and remember what He has promised. And you’ve got to set your mind. Listen, the thing to do is what we always
are called to do when we are in sin. You are called to repent. Listen, the worst way forward is to
say, “I’m having a panic attack. It’s not my fault. I got an excuse. Other people just don’t know, they
don’t know what I’m going through. If they knew, then they would excuse my sin
or they would excuse my conduct.” That’s not the way out. (P) The thing to do is to look, and if
we recognize, “Lord, it’s true. I have not trusted You. I have thought of You as being way too
small and my problems way too big. I haven’t trusted You. I haven’t been able to cast my cares
upon You and leave them there.” The best place is to admit it. The best place is to confess it
and plead to the Lord for help, and seek to lay your faith into
the promises; being honest. Being honest is by far
the best way forward. Being dishonest, trying
to ignore it or not take responsibility for it [is
not the way forward], because anxiety and fears, worries,
despair, depression, they are our fault. When Scripture is clearly calling us
to not be that way, it’s our fault. And the best thing to do is not
to try to see the right doctor, who is going to convince us we’re victims. The best thing to do is go
to Scripture and recognize, Scripture is telling us very
specifically [it’s our fault]. (P) You get people who have
panic attacks or something, and I recognize some well-meaning
Christians could be very insensitive, and they come up to somebody and they
have no idea what these attacks are like, or even maybe they doubt the
legitimacy of them or whatever; and they’re just saying, “It’s just
sin, you just need to repent.” Well, okay, you could say it like that, and the person feels like, “That
person didn’t really help me.” But the truth is that some people will feel
like, if you tell them it’s their sin, they’ll tell you, “Well,
that’s not helpful.” Well, that person may not
feel that it’s helpful because they may not
want to admit the truth. But really, there’s no wiggle room here. Scripture is pretty clear that
anxiety and worries like this are just an indication of an ungodly fear, and they’re an indication
of being of little faith. And the remedy, O the remedy
is to see how big God is, to see how faithful He is, to see how
kind He is, how much He loves us. Listen, if you see God for who He is, you’re not gonna be traumatized by
worry and anxiety all the time, because He’s good. He’s good, and He’s gonna do good. And the truth is, even if He
takes your children, He’s good. And you don’t want to live
in light of the what-ifs, because the truth is, the thing that most
people worry about don’t come to pass. And the thing is, if you worry that much
about it, it’s probably an idol to you. And God may decide to come
take it away from you because He actually has promised to
cleanse us from all of our idols. Look, when you worry about something so
much and you can’t commit it to the Lord, you can believe that there’s some serious
idolatry happening there, as well as pride; and it’s unhealthy. (P) Panic attacks are real. Depression is real. Some people genetically
are more given to it. And I would say this because sometimes
you see it in whole family lines. I think of Brainerd. I think his brother, his
father, it was there. People, for whatever
reasons, can genetically be more inclined
to certain things. That’s a reality. There can be different factors.
We don’t downplay any of those. And until you’ve been in
somebody else’s place, you don’t want to downplay the
trial that they’re facing, and you don’t want to
try to tell them that these things are figments
of their imagination. I guarantee you, they are not. But what you can tell them
and encourage them is: no matter how difficult the suffering is, no matter how intense the onslaught may be, no matter how demonic it may be, or whatever organic chemical
realities may be happening with your body that are
contributing to this, still sin is not a viable option. But trust in the Lord. No matter how intense the
trial gets, trust the Lord. He always is going to give you a way out. Always, He is going to. Sin is never a ‘must’ option. And no matter the trial, we have to press
people on in the path of righteousness. And God says, “I won’t leave you.” And even when Paul said, “Oh
Lord, please take this away.” “No, Paul.” “Please.” “No.” “Please.” “My grace is sufficient.” That, we have to rest on. His
grace is sufficient. (P) You see, the thing I was involved
with, and some of you know this, but there was a time (you
may think this is crazy, but I’ll tell you this, when you’re
in the midst of it, it is not crazy). I had the biggest tree in my
yard right out here in front. And I was sitting in my office one day,
and it came like a bolt of lightning: “You need to cut that tree
down, it’s an idol to you.” And, I mean, it might seem foolish
but it was all-out hellish war. And I pleaded with the Lord; and
in the end I was not at rest. I could not pray, I could not go into… I mean, it was turning me into a mess. And you might think, “Over that?” Well, I went out and I
chopped that tree down. And I hoisted it up,
and I said, “Lord, no tree is gonna stand
between You and me.” (P) Somebody at the Men’s Retreat said,
“Was that God or was that the devil?” And Charles answered for me,
and he said “Yes” to both. And I think that’s right. It’s much like Job, where
God is in control, but He allows the devil to do things. And He’s in control. And I had to come to that: “Lord,
I’m asking You to take this away – this battle, this fierce thing
that’s happening in my brain – I mean, I was in turmoil.” He wouldn’t take it away. And so I just had to conclude,
God’s not taking it away, so He wants me to give in to this. I don’t know. But I’ll tell
you what, it was real. And there’s been other
seasons, not with trees, but there’s been other
seasons very similar. Total battles. These things are very real. And it’s not been since I’ve been a
pastor that I’ve actually had seasons where clouds, and it’s like
the temptation to depression. I mean, one of the elders up in Kirksville,
he was telling me about traveling overseas. And he was traveling with a preacher. And they said they found
that preacher curled up in a fetal position in the
corner of his hotel room. These kind of battles are very real. Spurgeon would sit out back of his
house there, and he’d just weep. These battles are very real. (P) Many of you know the
story of William Cowper. I almost wouldn’t recommend to people that
are having problems that they listen to it, because I’m afraid it’d throw you
even deeper into your problems. I’ve never found great
amounts of encouragement, although he’s written some
glorious songs that we sing. These battles are very real and
we don’t want to minimize them, we don’t want to tell people
they’re not experiencing them. But we do want to insist
that the Bible has answers. And in the Scripture what we find
is a knowledge of the true God. And it’s Him and His promises that we’ve
got to seek to get people to latch on to. And like I say, Scripture just doesn’t
give us a wiggle room on this. You will not find the passage
that says anxiety… Listen, if it’s concern, like Paul talks
about the anxiety for the churches, where it’s loving concern,
that’s another thing. I mean, where somebody is actually
thinking and praying all the time about their children or about churches,
and they are concerned for the purity. When the term ‘anxiety’ is used that way,
where a loving concern is involved, that is obviously a good thing. Or where fear is used, like a genuine,
good, healthy, godly fear of God, that’s a good thing. When we’re talking about the
anxieties where we are fretting – the kind of fretting that
doesn’t do any good, the kind of fretting that is calling into
question the very character of God – it’s very unhealthy. (P) Well, any other comments on this? (P) [Sister] When does a concern turn into
an anxiety, and how do you test that? (P) Well, I would say this, it would be
when you’re paralyzed or crippled from doing the things that you
know God wants you to do. It would be when you’re not able
to commit those cares to God. It would be when you so fret over those
things and are not trusting the Lord, because you’re not taking Him at His word, or you’re seeing Him as too
small, or incompetent, or not trustworthy to take these concerns. I mean, if you have the kind of care or
concern that Paul had for the churches, and it made you think about
those churches all the time and pray about them all the time, but you were able in your prayers
to commit them to the Lord, and then to come out of praying and be
able to sing and rejoice in the Lord, I think that’s probably a good indication. When you can couple a loving
concern for others with an ability to rejoice in
the Lord and praise Him, and see Him as big and
sovereign and trustworthy, you know you’ve got
a healthy concern. Because, typically, when
a concern is sinful, and it’s anxiety, and
it’s full of fear, it’s gonna zap your joy, it’s gonna
zap your rejoicing in the Lord (you won’t be able to sing, you
won’t be feeling full of praise) because you won’t be seeing
God big and trustworthy, you’re gonna see your problems
big and worry-worthy. I think that’s a good test. (P) [Sister] So someone who
is trusting in the Lord, like you said, trusting
in His character, is not gonna look like somebody
curled up into a little ball. Does that make sense? Like, somebody who is going through a
big trial, practically speaking… (P) [Tim] Well, if you’re curled up in a fetal
position and not wanting to get out of bed, I mean, you’re basically feeling
like, “I can’t do this.” And the Lord is saying
to us that: “I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me.” And even though that’s
speaking money-wise there, I think that’s a reality obviously
that applies to all of them. “Without Christ I can’t do anything;
and with Him I can do anything.” And it’s not trusting Him. Basically, why are you curled
up that way and staying in bed? Well, it’s because you feel overwhelmed by whatever problems or by whatever
situation that you’re up against. I mean, you’re basically being
crippled and not rising up out of bed, and going forth with your life to do
the things that God calls you to do, because you’re just feeling overwhelmed,
you’re feeling like, “I can’t do this.” And whenever a Christian gets to the place
where they just say, “I can’t do it,” that really is making a statement about
God, who says, “With My help you can.” (P) So, I mean, we have to be very careful. When we say, “I can’t do it,” and God is saying, “I am the
God of the impossible.” When God is saying He is
able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond
what we ask or think; when God is presenting
Himself as Big, and Able, and with us, and not going to forsake us… You see, here’s the thing:
When we live like the world, you see, this is what the Gentiles do: When we basically live our life
no different than the Gentiles, basically what we’re saying is,
“Our God is no different from their god.” That’s really what we’re saying. If we’re gonna say we’re Christians and
we’ve got the true and living God with us; you see, this is the problem: When
Israel would act like the other nations, sometimes the prophets would come to them
and say, “Is there no God in Israel?” I mean, you’re doing this, you’re
doing this, you’re doing this – you’re hiring out foreign militias; you’re seeking other gods, or you’re
seeking witches, or you’re seeking… I mean, these guys would
do different things, and it’s like they’re acting
just like the nations. That’s what we don’t want to do. I mean, Jesus is like, “Okay, all
your worrying doesn’t do any good. And when you act like that, when
you fret over those things, you’re acting just like
the Gentiles do.” (P) Well, again, I don’t have
any problem with a lost person curling up in a little
ball and staying in bed, because I recognize they are
up against overwhelming realities and they
have nobody for them. God isn’t for them, God isn’t with
them, God isn’t helping them. God has made no promise to
them other than destruction, because they’re in
rebellion against His Son. And so I recognize, yes, curl up. I mean, isn’t this what Paul says,
“Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Or, “Roll up and stay in your
bed, for tomorrow we die.” I mean, it’s no different. What’s the difference? Do one
or the other, you’re gonna die. But when we’ve got God as our God
and we curl up in a little ball… look, I’m not gonna say Satan can’t
throw some fierce fiery darts at us that can knock us to the
ground and put a guy over there in the corner curled
up in a little ball. I suspect that that
very man, by the very next day, was not curled
up in a little ball. He was probably standing in a pulpit, and people were being wonderfully
converted under his preaching. It just happened to be he was under an
attack like that right at the moment. (P) I mean, there was another
time he was walking up some stairs, and
he just collapsed. And some of the spiritual battles
and warfare that come upon us… and look, I’m not saying
that any of us are even gonna weather these kind
of attacks perfectly. We’re still in transition. We’re still works-in-progress. We’re still being sanctified. We see the example of
Jesus, who, through all of His sufferings, He
was learning obedience; and he did that perfect. Well, we’re supposed to be imitating that, but of course, there’s still
imperfections hanging on to us. I recognize that. We’re gonna have our times of failure
and we’re gonna have our times of falling, but we have to come back. The way you fight through these
things is setting the mind. It can become so much a matter of,
you’ve got to start with that confidence that the answers are in here (the Bible). And Lord, I’m gonna go in your Word. I’ve been there before. In some of the battles that I
faced in the Christian life, it’s been, “Lord, I just need a word. I don’t need a lot of words,
I don’t need ten words. I need one promise. I need
you to give me something.” And He has. He’s been faithful. (P) It’s just something you can,
whatever you’re being faced with, something you can just lay hold of, that
gives you some solidity to your situation. It puts some foundation under you. Something that gets you through. Something that, no matter how quick
those fiery darts are coming, what do you raise up? The shield of faith – faith in that word, faith
in those promises, faith in the character of God, faith
in His faithfulness – you raise up. That’s how we defend ourselves. And those darts can come in hailstorms,
and sometimes the mind is just totally… I mean, you can’t hardly think straight. There’s just a barrage,
and there’s confusion. But if, in that confusion and darkness,
you can see that one bit of light where you can reach out and
lay hold of that one promise, and hang on to it like Jacob hung on
to that angel (tried to buck him off); and you’re just gonna hang on to that truth
no matter what storms come against you. I mean, this is fighting
the good fight of faith. And it’s a fight. Listen, God would not have called it
that unless it was truly a fight. Hanging on to Christ, and
hanging on to His promises, and hanging on to the Word of God. Satan… it’s almost like, could God
have taken Satan out at the beginning? He could have. Why is he here? The devil is God’s devil, and he is
here to accomplish God’s purposes. And I have to believe that one of the
primary purposes that the devil has, is that God is using the devil to make
us stronger and to test our faith. (P) I mean, you think about Paul. This messenger of Satan,
what did it do for Paul? It destroyed his pride. When you come against
onslaughts that want to send you into anxiety
attacks and whatever, if anything, you’re made
very aware of your weakness. And Paul said, “I’ll boast in this,
because when I’m weak He’s strong.” See, there was the confidence. He can be tore apart in these
things and he can be a weakling; and he can plead and pray,
and God didn’t take it away; and yet he could still boast in it, because he could still see the strength
of Christ working through his life. That’s really where we want to get
in the midst of these things. And you can pray, “Lord,
please take this away, take this depression away,
take these factors. Lord, I’m trying to cling to promises, I’m
looking at your character. I believe…” But you’re feeling this barrage. And look, undoubtedly, some people,
that may be where the battle is. Every day they get out of bed, they have
to fight that battle all over again. (P) I mean, I heard John Piper say one time, he basically has to get saved
every day all over again. You have to understand
what he means by that. Basically, he said, every
morning when he rose up, he needed to lock on to gospel
promises all over again. Every day. Because the battle was gonna be
real, it was gonna be intense, and his faith was being tested. And so, he just felt like every
day he had to be saved all over, just latching back on to the
promises of the gospel. If you’re given to anxieties, I mean, look, there may
be some seasons where God gives you a little
bit of respite, because He’s merciful that way.
He’ll give us some seasons. But often, we start
having little seasons of vacation from the things
that we were dealing with, and we’re feeling like, “Oh, well
maybe they’re gone for good.” Well, it just was a little
vacation the Lord gave us to rest, but here it comes again. And, oftentimes, the things
that we’re susceptible to, we’re susceptible to, our
whole Christian life. (P) Sometimes there’s seasons where
we go through certain things, and we come out, and we never
go through that again. But, oftentimes, the places
we’re most vulnerable, and where Satan seeks to attack
– he feels our weaknesses out. And if you have an
inclination towards anxiety, don’t be surprised if he attacks you
right there the whole rest of your life. If you have a disposition
towards depression, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t attack you
right there for the rest of your life. Look, through much tribulation. Every one of us are
fighting some battles sometimes, many times,
many ways, many places, as we’re striving to reach the
end here and endure to the end. And some people, it’s in this category. And some, not so much, but
it’s other things. (P) [Brother] You said that
pastor, they went over there curled up in a fetal
position, you know, and then he went the next day in a pulpit. I’m sure he preached a good sermon. (P) [Tim] Well, this guy was a missionary,
and he was out on the front lines. (P) [James] It wasn’t anxiety
he had then… (P) [Tim] No, I would not say
that was necessarily anxiety. I mean, it may have to
do with some kind of feeling deep darkness or
depression on the soul. I would just say this, that
as far as dealing with it, you basically want to find out,
What are people afraid of? I mean, that would be the first place. You want to work backwards
through the situation. Talk to people. The way to deal with it, and
everybody’s gonna be different; so when you find somebody
that’s struggling, you want to find out,
What is it they fear? What is creating the anxiety? And then try to work back from that,
in the sense of trying to pinpoint what is it that that anxiety or that fear, where is it that they’re not trusting
God or seeing God for who He is? And try to really pinpoint that. (P) Well, let’s pray. Father, I know that we all think too
smally, too little, too small of thought. None of us have rightly estimated Your
power, Your glory, Your love for us. Scripture says You care for us. Lord, I know we have not rightly
estimated the care that You have for us. Lord, we have not rightly estimated
just how much unbelief we have, how much little faith. But we get a little bit of a feel, maybe
a lot of feel, from our Lord’s words, that You are to be trusted. And if You do what You do for the flowers,
and You do what You do for the birds, and if we’re of much more
value to You than they are, how much more will You take care of us. And You know our needs
before we ask for them. We don’t want to be like the Gentiles. Help us to not be like them, who fret and
worry, and are concerned and paralyzed, who are without hope. We don’t want to live
like those without hope. We don’t want to live like
those who are perishing, but like those who have a Savior,
those who have a future, those who have the true and
the living God as our God. You are our God. Lord, help us, increase our faith. We don’t want to be of little faith. We don’t want to be full of anxieties. Lord, give us grace to cast
all our cares upon You. We pray this in Christ’s name. Amen.

Comments (61)

  1. Oh God I've been waiting for a sermon like this for years. Watching the whole thing before I go to bed tonight. Thanks pastor God Bless..

  2. Thank you for posting this. At night i can barely sleep because my mind won't shut off: "what if mom is sick." "What if someone dies?" " Did i make anyone mad at work? They made me mad. Oh man! I shouldn't have said that." And on and on. I have to take zzzquil to go to sleep soundly (and my husband's snoring doesn't help. Lol). But even medicated i can't fall asleep fast and then i wake up the next day. I listen to Scripture sleep music. I pray. I try. God will get us through

  3. GOOD AND VERY TIMELY MESSAGE STILL LONG FOR MY HEAVENLY HOME OVER THIS ONE I HATE THIS WORLD AND HOW MEAN PEOPLE ARE TO OTHERS LOOKING FOR MY LORD BUT THANKYOU FOR THIS MESSAGE I'LL WORK ON WHAT YOU SAID GOD BLESSYOU🙏🙏✝✝

  4. How does someone send a question in to pastor Tim?

  5. You are correct.Spiritual person judges all things.Thats big part of anxiety,or should we say spiritual growth.I am saying this from personal experience.Anxiety is judging every single thing you do and say.And analyzing them.And anxiety truly makes you compassionate for creation of God atleast me.I believe it is sort of chastisement of the Lord.I dont mean like imaginary fears of situations,even though it is a part of it.I mean by hyper critical mind towards yourself that is making you grow.I dont know maybe i am just talking nonsense but I had a need to say it.God bless 😊

  6. Why do these people have panic and anxiety attacks? They have an all-knowing, just, powerful god on their side. If they truly believe in this BS what is there to worry about?… All you have to do is do what the insane god wants and you go to paradise. You know the god that has to kill his kid to forgive you. Instead of just forgiving for GOODNESS sake!!! Spoiler I don't believe.

    If you truly believed you would have your whole family and loved ones take extreme risks every day for you could accidentally die and go to paradise. Every time someone died you should be thankful the person is going to a better place.

    Sorry, am I being too real? Ok, I will leave back to your delusions.

  7. I understand that not everyone deals with the same things for the same reasons, but there was a time in my life when I was living in sin when I was completely ridden by anxiety and panic attacks. And one night I broke down and confessed my sins to my wife, we cried together and immediately they went away and they never harassed me again. For me it was spiritual, it was related to specific problems that I was holding in, it was related to guilt of unconfessed sins and I believe God permitted it to break me, to bring me into the light. Again, I know not everyone deals with things for the same reasons, but I wanted to briefly share this in case someone else is in a similar situation.

  8. The truth will set you free. That made me cry Pastor Tim. That's exactly how I was freed.

  9. Alot of my anxiety attacks appear without triggers. I love to shop at Goodwill, it's nothing but fun cheap shopping…. But I've even gotten anxiety there, or also going to the grocery store.ive had attacks in many situations…My mind stays calm but my core gets shaky and heart starts pounding really hard and will get weak and feel like I'm going to pass out and i will start dry heaving. My mom passes out from her anxiety often but I never have though I can feel it so near and that scares me. Now the anxiety attack makes me fearful, cause of how it affects my body during an episode but my mind stays calm and it seems like it's for no reason at all much of the time. So what, that's probably spiritual attack on me by demons or something? Cause I have horrible stage freight but I have a voice decent enough and I still go in front of my church and sing and I've never had an attack from that, I just get super sweaty and I used to shake a little but I don't shake at all anymore singing for my Lord in church infront of the congregation. It's so confusing to understand, how can it be my thoughts when so much of the time there are no triggers, no horrible negative thoughts at the time?

  10. I can't believe you're stating that it's a sin to have panic attacks and have a mental condition my mother was a wonderful Christian and had terrible panic attacks that are instilled in my mind forever she wasn't being sinful she inherited it from her father genes are passed down in families ** it is not a sin to have panic attacks or be anxious we need to get help for that along with reading the Bible and praying but it's not a sin and i have never heard anything so ridiculous in my life and this is making me very upset that you would say this it's just like having the flu but it's a mental illness it's not a sin it's something that takes over people if they have a chemical imbalance or genetic makeup I believe in God very much and pray night week but it is not a sin to feel anxious you need to get the help you need medically for it holistically anyway you can again I state it is not a sin how ridiculous of you to say this. .. it's evident to me you never had a panic attack do some research before you start making people feel guilty for not being a good enough Christian when they have panic in their life ugh

  11. A true panic attack is like one's own body breaks down and betrays them. It's not driven by the rational mind in my experience unless it's indirect. It's truly like one's body has been broken. I.e. It didn't seem to be mental at all. Strength of mind or rational input doesn't seem to be a factor, but in my case they did eventually go away. What a horrific and debilitating thing though. Perhaps I am talking about something different than the usual use of the term, however.

  12. Worry about nothing. Pray about everything:)
    Easier said than done but it really is this simple. We must trust God:)
    Also….is sin feeding your anxiety and worry? Probably……..
    Full surrender to Jesus will cure:)

  13. Pride, unforgiveness, vanity and poor diet (it causes your brain to be confused) can be major triggers for any mental disorder. In my opinion
    Also what are you mentally eating..like what things do you look at every day etc.

  14. Love the videos. It's perhaps a little generalized when one thinks of serious mental disorders like schizophrenia. These disorders need medical treatment, just like a disease in the body. They cannot always be helped.. and are not the result of a lack of faith or sin. I totally agree with the general principles, that Christ is our refuge, our strength, our rest, through all our various troubles. But that's also true if an individual has a defective leg, whether Jesus heals us of this or not. God doesn't always heal our physical ailments when we come to know Christ. So perhaps the same is for some serious mental health ailments? What would we say to those who suffer with severe learning disabilities? We are in bodies that corrupted as a result of the fall, and not guaranteed full health. From my experience God has used mine as a process to help me to grow, and sanctify my soul. But the underlying mental health issue may never disappear, maybe that is my thorn in the flesh. Blessings.

  15. At 13:30 to 13:45 I think you are kind of a stupid teacher. You haven't experienced enough to teach on it.

  16. Yeah. people: They always misunderstand me

  17. God commands us to not worry. give your worries to God. pray. and read the word.

  18. So krass wie viele Leute damit zu kämpfen haben.. sieht man an den Kommentaren hier.

  19. Wow… how much christians are fighting with that problem. Such a lot commentarys under the Video

  20. Thank you Pastor Tim! God bless you and all the team behind the Internet ministry!!

  21. Thank you pastor Tim

  22. i really like your channel. keep letting God use you!

  23. Excellent teaching, Pastor Tim. Thank you once again for your ministry, Tim and James and Grace Community Church. I have a family history and medical illness that makes me prone to this type of sin daily. Thank you for this battle tool. I needed this in the circumstances we are currently in as well. May God bless you, strengthen you and protect you.

  24. There is a MAJOR need for clarification on this Pastor Tim. I have incredible respect for you as a Pastor and you are one of the few that I trust but this should just be part one of a ten part series. This stance prompts the listener who is struggling with mental health to want to ask a slew of follow up questions. For example, what would you say to someone who has a disregulation of the "Fight or Flight" response and has an involuntary panic attack? I don't even think I would put panic attacks in the anxiety category at all. There are many aspects of mental illness that are not within a persons control. I believe that maybe you do not have the full scope of understanding on this matter of mental illness and how incredibly complex it is. The last thing I am asking for you to do is to "Tickle someones ears" and give them a free pass to sin but I am asking for you to look into this further and have a better understanding of mental illness before your follow up video especially for those genuinely converted, God fearing individuals who have been crippled by the horrors of genuine mental illness. I have Autism and have struggled with mental problems my entire life. I had my first panic attack at age six. It was Christmas time and all was marry and bright. I was in my bedroom staring at a candy cane when out of nowhere an immediate involuntary horror gripped my entire being. I didn't even know what was happening to me. I ran down the stairs screaming at the top of my lungs like I had just witnessed the murder of my mother and the entire household was trampling over one another to try and get to me as they thought I had been stabbed or had my eyes ripped out or some other unspeakable incident. This all took place in less than one minute and then was resolved within 5. The second one I remember was in 8th grade. I was looking through the local newspaper reading nothing spectacular when my entire body was gripped with fear and was screaming and pulling on my hair. OUT OF NOWHERE! Where is the category for this? These are just 2 of HUNDREDS of mental issues I have experienced over my 42 years of life. The other question is: "What about medication?" You made fun of a commercial about medication for mental illness and it's side effects so we are left to assume that you frown upon this as well? What about instances where there are "Physical" or "Neurological" causes? Please do a follow up video on this.

  25. May or may not seem related, but it has me thinking: how then do we look at Jesus in Gethsemane, seemingly worrying/ looking towards what He is going to face?

  26. I never really dewelt with a lot of stuff.. (death of babies..losing home..arson..stress.. car accidents..physically scared…) a lot of junk.. then started having anixity..which..I believed was spiritual..after a while..I just completely cried out to the Lord.and he set me free…..
    "God gives perfect peace to those- whose mind is stayed on Him'..
    ****I never had post pardom- I rejected it.
    No depression– rejected it.
    Empty nest syndrom- rejected
    Pms?- nope…rejected it too…
    Break down? Nope- rejected it..
    PTL~~~

  27. It's all a matter of bringing positive upward spiral in your life or your country, there is no pill for mentall ilness or condition, pharmacy is of the Deciever and is witchcraft, just a little stung of a bee is considered pharmacy so you go figure

  28. I’ve struggled with panic/anxiety for 17 years and I’ve been a Christian for 11. What’s so challenging about navigating through this is the fact that our thinking becomes irrational when our bodies are flooded with stress hormone. What’s helped me is to understand the physiological aspect of a panic attack (and anxiety) and recognize that what I’m feeling is due to my bodies natural response to in influx of stress hormone pumping through my body. What does not help, is feeling the sensations and freaking out about them.

    It’s natural for our bodies to respond with rapid heart rate, racing mind, etc. when the stress hormone is pumped into our system. And for some, this hormone will release more often and with greater sensitivity. What might trigger this release in some (being startled) may not trigger a release in others.

    I appreciate Pastor Tim’s words on this, because we must recognize the spiritual and behavioral aspect to panic and anxiety. And I know for certain that God is faithful and will carry His people through this (and other shadows of trial) for His holy name’s sake, and our good.

    I believe this is a difficult subject, in that there are genuine physiological aspects to panic/anxiety, but what I like about Tim’s message is, we are not enslaved to the physiological, though we must endure it. No amount of stress hormone will overpower the Spirit of God at work in and through us, and we can (and will) navigate through this, despite the physical limitations of our temporary, earthen vessels.

    https://www.anxietycentre.com has been helpful to me in learning more about panic attacks

  29. One thing for sure is this subject is very broad and far reaching… One thing for sure anxiety attacks come but they must go away or the person will die… Your body can't stay in that hyper state. Telling yourself this is temporary is helpful. This to shall pass. Reading scripture often is the answer regardless if directly germain to the anxiety and depression, often times peace floods me as I am blessed or I have a revelation that I have never realized revealed by Holy Spirit or I read something I'VE never noticed. God is unlimited human beings are limited by their faith… Spirit maturing doesn't happen instantly or without experiencing scripture study, teaching of others, prayer. Some want to say Holy Spirit does everything for Christian, Jesus said he would send the comforter not a slave to fight our battles. Clinging to past victories, scriptures , and short prayers.

  30. But Pastor Tim, why would Paul talk about a "thorn in the flesh", if it didn't have anything to do with the *flesh*? Surely that must be a strong indication of the nature of his problem?
    The way I see physical sickness is that it can be something that God allows Satan to afflict us with (as happened to Job) for some or other reason.

  31. Tim did a follow up study on, "Difference Between Good and Bad Anxiety" watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG0-PA03RYY

  32. Excellent!! I encourage Christians to please don’t take drugs but go through what you’re dealing with battling in prayer. Don’t self medicate your problem no matter how severe. “Don’t Waste Your Sorrow” is a great little book. The fight of faith in the battle (because everything you believed will get tested) must be fought with a clear mind.

  33. Praise Jesus for this teaching. Thank you

  34. Please pray for me. I've been feeling fear, anxiety, and depression since my Mom died a few months ago. I've battled a certain sin for years and when she died, I was scared away from it. I hope God didn't pass judgement on me and took my mother and coming for me next.

  35. Amen bro, I was just thinking about that Scripture 'God has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness'…God has confirmed His word to me as well as Isaiah 43, really needed this, just need to be diligent daily, He is in control, halleluyah and God bless you.

  36. A very helpful study. Thank you.

  37. Pastor Tim, when you claim that panic attacks are a sin, you’re walking along a very thin line. Panic attacks are the body’s natural response to danger. God designed this system to keep us safe. If this system malfunctions, that is a disorder, and therefore it is not sin as the person is not in control of their body’s reactions. If a person cannot control their actions, are they responsible? Obviously they are not.

    Regular panic attacks are not merely ‘anxiety’. They are an ‘anxiety disorder’, which is an illness. God created doctors and medicine for a reason, we should not be fighting against doctors and science but rather embracing them for the glory of God.

  38. Im happy you covered this topic you are a good teacher of gods word

  39. I haven't watched the video but this idea that anxiety is simply not trusting the Lord fully and is this a sin is not really true. It may be depending on the person, (though I'd be hesitant to call it a sin) but ill give an example for myself. I had a traumatic event that caused some PTSD like symptoms and time started to heal that….then two months later I had a day with tons of panic attacks and I felt like I was going crazy. Kept praying, but my anxiety just got worse and worse. The reason? I was dehydrated. Simple as that. I had forgotten to drink water that day and as soon as I had two big glasses of water I finally got peace that day. Sometimes there are physical reasons for anxiety, such as too much energy that isn't being directed into excercise. Some people have mental conditions. Our overall well being is like a stool made up of 3 legs, the mental, physical and the spiritual. You take care of two out of three things and you'll be unstable. You have to care for all 3 aspects of yourself and while spiritual (abiding in Jesus and walking in the word) is the most important, the other two aren't to be neglected either.

    So if you're feeling anxiety, and you can't stop it through prayer and focus on Jesus, ask yourself whether you've taken care of your body and mind properly today. Diet is another big part of how you'll feel

  40. Pastor Tim Conway talks proper sense. Great to listen to.

  41. Jesus delivered hundreds of “ unsaved” demon possessed and bound individuals before they followed Christ and even many who never followed after him

  42. How can you test that you are in sin or not? I think maybe if your joy is taken from you.

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  45. I'm tearing up thank you pastor

  46. MOLD EXPOSURE causes anxiety and panic attacks. If you are experiencing this and don't know why this could very well be the cause. It was for me and many others! Look it up. Amen.

  47. Thank you God for sending someone to bring your message. Very powerful and real. Tons of weight came off my body and happy for the hope God gave us. Going through a testing like curse after curse. Yes, it is I who is proud and sinful. I repent. Thank you God! You are the great physician!

  48. This was really good. Thank you

  49. This was a great message. If you’re not listening and paying attention to what the Spirit of the LORD is speaking through him, you will have misunderstandings. I am going through peri menopause and anxiety attacks came out of nowhere! Overnight and crazy. Heart palpitations and shortness of breath…extreme weight loss. So many tests and lab works done and everything comes back great….praise GOD. It’s really a scary time for me right now…thinking something is going to happen to me or a loved one. So needless to say it’s more than likely all hormonal. However!!!! This experience has drawn me so much closer to my LORD and SAVIOUR!!! I am in constant communication with HIM….especially with the “please take this away from me” pleas. Nevertheless…..I am learning so much about HIM through HIS Word, through prayer and through worship. Not to mention some great YouTube teacher preachers. Thank you for the exhortations!! Please keep me in prayer. May GOD continue to bless and keep you!! ❤️🙏🏽❤️

  50. Jesus IS is the Healer! HE Healed me of anxiety and panic..When Nothing else Could!

  51. You seem to be mixing up fear and worry with Anxiety / Panic Disorder… Does a cut on the arm of a Christian is it treated differently in that of a non-Christian? Sometimes there are medical, chemical, or hormonal issues in our bodies. Anxiety is not hopelessness… It is not even worrying about something or even having an unfounded fear… Anxiety Disorder can be more about a manifestation of physical symptoms more so then mental (Thought Process). You mention you have little experience with this, and it is obviously. I am glad you where truthful about that. Maybe that should be a red flag that you should not be the one discussing this. I know you mean well, but your message brings false hope to others. You miss the mark on Anxiety / Panic Disorder… and you are talking more about fear, worry, and other issues that are thought based. You are talking about situational based anxiety… But you are ignoring the medical or chemical based anxiety. You quote scriptures that are also based on situational based anxiety. I am sorry, but you really missed the mark. You talk so matter a fact and show little empathy to those who suffer. If it was someone with cancer or diabetes you would talk so much differently… But you fail to understand what anxiety / panic disorder is. If you noticed Jesus was compassionate to those who where sick and suffering. Sadly you are showing more condemnation and looking at the self / flesh. I would prefer you just prayed out of love over those who suffer than stand up and talk about something that you do no understand. I think you need to seek the Knowledge of the Word of God and see Wisdom from God Himself before you teach about something you do not understand.

  52. It's funny when someone has anxiety/panic attacks depression people state that, "your not relying on God, or the Bible is not sufficient for that individual." If someone has a different inbalance , let's say thyroid which can cause similar experiences/symptoms its no big deal to take a pill to help the imbalance. People who have not experienced severe anxiety/panic attacks or depression should not speak on the subject. Should we rely on God? Yes, but God can open up other avenues of help also. We should try everything else possible before taking medications. However, in extreme situations, sometimes its best to seek medical advice within the Christian psychiatric community. It's ok to need help, it's humbling. God can use it for His glory!

  53. I have a friend who has been a strong Christian all her life.
    She ended up having panic attacks too.
    Guess what? Just as I did she ended up needing meds.
    I know for a fact I spent/spend days, weeks, and months struggling and PRAYING over and over again.
    What I hate is when other Christians or pastors who know NOTHING about a subject or diagnosis "preach" on it.
    Would you question a person's faith or salvation if they have cancer,a headache,heart issues,post partum depression,a broken bone,and ECT?
    Would you question or condemn them for taking a pill or Rx?
    THIS is why people give up or leave the church completely or refuse to listen to the Gospel thinking God is just as "hateful" and not understanding.

  54. I was delivered from panic attacks the day I got saved,I also studied spiritual warfare and understood we have to fight and take authority daily we can’t be complacent in our walk with Jesus,Jesus work is finished,now we have to do our part in prayer

  55. I was so greatly blessed by this teaching. I'm so greatful for this biblical prospective. It's truly life changing.

  56. Though not all situations are of God we also have an ennemy that shoots fire arrows..

  57. It helps to take magnesium……..many Americans are in need of it.

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