Episode 071 | Beyond Anxiety
Anxiety is a real thing, and it’s possible well-meaning Christians have been giving the wrong advice about it for a long time. Listen in as Pastor Matt, Justin and Stephanie share their own experiences with anxiety and answer questions about what to do when “just pray about it” just doesn’t work.
Pastor Matt opens this episode by differentiating between discernment and intuition, discussing how to know when to follow your gut instinct and pointing out the significance of involving community when making important decisions.
The team then moves into debriefing Pastor Matt's message, "Finding Joy When You Struggle with Anxiety," by describing the differences between fear, worry and anxiety and pointing out how to combat negative anxieties with positive realities. Pastor Matt then explains three key factors that determine anxiety, the way to be real with yourself about these factors in your life, and how to sympathize with loved ones who experience anxiety on a daily basis. Next, the team discusses how being real with others and avoiding isolation are necessary components to battling anxiety.
The episode continues as Pastor Matt, Justin, and Stephanie address the way anxiety can create false beliefs about God and how he can use our anxiety to lead us into a deeper relationship with him. Pastor Matt emphasizes the way authenticity with self and God enables correct understanding of who God is and how he is working in our lives and talks about what it means for good people to suffer and how God uses our suffering for good.
The episode concludes with a chat about the need for wisdom when exercising options like medication or counseling to overcome anxiety and how to manage anxiety during emotionally tumultuous times.
Pastor Matt’s sermon on finding joy when you struggle with anxiety
Books Mentioned by Pastor Matt:
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
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