Anxious for Nothing

Inside Job
Part 4
Anxious for Nothing

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

Three things about worry:

1. Worry is WIDESPREAD

Luke 21:26 NKJV
“men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth.”


Proverbs 12:25 NIV “An anxious heart weighs a man down

Matthew 6:34 NIV “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

3. Worry is a WASTE

Ecclesiastes 2:22 NIV “What does a man get from all his anxious toil and striving?”

Matthew 6:25 NIV “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

Matthew 6:27 NIV “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Philippians 4:6 NKJVBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Four things about peace from this passage:

1. PEACE is a SPIRITUAL thing

Philippians 4:6 NIV “do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by PRAYER and petition”

Philippians 4:6b NIV “with thanksgiving”

2. PEACE is a MENTAL thing

Philippians 4:8 NIV “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

3. PEACE is a PRACTICAL thing
Philippians 4:9 NIV
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

4. PEACE is a RELATIONAL thing

Philippians 4:9b NIV “the God of peace will be WITH you

Psalm 46:1-2 NIV “God is our refuge and strength, an EVER- PRESENT help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”

JOY in our Salvation

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JOY in our Salvation

Philippians 3: JOY of my SALVATION

Philippians 3:2 NLT “Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.”

Philippians 3:3-6 NLT
For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.”

What gets in the way of your JOY?

1. Your Resume

Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Titus 3:5 NLT
he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

2. Regret

How do we take back our JOY?

1. Joy is not about my RESUME, but it is about my RELATIONSHIP

Philippians 3:7-8 NLT
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
2. Joy is not about my REGRET, but it is about my REDEMPTION

Philippians 3:13 NLT
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,


Inside Job
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Philippians 2:1-4 NLT “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too”

Two attitudes that kill joy:

1. Prideful attitude

Proverbs 13:10 NLT “pride leads to arguments”

Philippians 2:3 NIV “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…”

2. Selfish attitude

Philippians 2:3-4 NIV “in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Strive to have an attitude like Christ:

Philippians 2:5 NLT “your attitude should be like that of Christ Jesus.

1. SURRENDER your rights

Philippians 2:6-7 NIV “Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

Hebrews 12:2 NIV “For the JOY set before him he endured the cross”

2. SERVE others without grumbling

Philippians 2:6-7 NIV “Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant”

Philippians 2:14 NIV “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”

3. SPEND your life for the good of others

Philippians 2:8 NIV “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Philippians 2:17 NIV “But even if I am being POURED OUT like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.”

Joy No Matter What

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Joy No Matter What


Three differences between happiness and joy:

  1. Happiness is EXTERNAL…joy is INTERNAL.

Philippians 1:20 TPTNo matter what, I will continue to hope and passionately cling to Christ, so that he will be openly revealed through me before everyone’s eyes.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 “ Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

2. Happiness is based on CIRCUMSTANCE…joy is based on CHRIST.

But real joy is not based on what’s going on around me, real joy comes from who is living in me.

3. Happiness is based on CHANCE… joy is based on CHOICE.

Philippians 4:11 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

Three ways to have JOY even in struggles:

  1. STOP asking why

Philippians 1:12 “WHAT has happened to me has served to advance the gospel.”

2. START seeing bad circumstances as a good opportunities

Philippians 1:13-14 NLT “everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.

3. STAY focused on what really matters

Philippians 1:15-18 “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,