Head Games: Night 2 Recap
Title: One Day at a Time
June 6th 2017
By: Kimmi Poleshuk
In today’s culture anxiety is a hard topic to deal with, but Michael’s sermon reminded us that the ultimate antidote to these overwhelming feelings is God. This night’s installment of the series: Head Games, Michael focused in on Matthew 6:25-34. In these verses God commands, “do not be anxious”, why then do we worry about what we are going to eat, wear; do tomorrow, about exams and grades, the future, and the expectations of others? The lists can be endless, but all these are just examples of baggage that we are not strong enough to carry ourselves, and shouldn’t be trying to.
Time and time again we fail to give up, or the more powerful word that Michael pulls from 1 Philippians 5:6, to “cast” out our anxieties and fear, on God. The verb to “cast” is not a passive one; rather it commands us to aggressively seek out God instead of ourselves. These actions are easier said than done especially when we deal with anxiety, panic attacks, and fear. But this is the point. God makes it hard for us on purpose because it will bring us closer to Him and the faith that we have in Him. Matthew 6:30 calls us those of “little faith” because it is so easy for our first thought is how can I deal with this. Why then did Jesus die on the cross? Because, we could not do it ourselves, because we are too weak and too broken.
3 antonyms for anxiety are calmness, peace, and security. In these opposites we find God, and what it looks like to lead a life as a Christian. Through actively casting our anxieties on Him is the moment we feel a wave of peace.
Michael made a series of statements similar to the antonyms of anxiety which questioned one, the way we are probably living and playing head games with ourselves, and second how to live with God. These are questions we should be asking ourselves all the time:
“Are you going to look at your anxiety to define your relationship with God OR are you going to look at God to change the way you look at your fears?”
“Are you doing something to call upon God? OR are you waiting for him to do something for you?”
All this teaching leads to the answer of the question on whether or not our anxiety is a sin. The answer is yes, but like the Gospel embodies, it is a sin that can be solved when you begin to change your head space, and as Matthew 6:25-34 reminds us, dealing with anxiety is something that is done by taking it day by day, for God's plan to prevail day by day if we cast everything back to Him. The moment when we fail to do this shows us moving in every other direction than God’s. In definition this is sin.