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Philippians 4:4-9
 
Four things that no one can ever prevent you from doing.
Not everybody is troubled by their troubles.
You don't have to be afraid of what you're facing today or afraid of what the future might hold.
 
1. You can choose your attitude.
  • But you can change your attitude – and your attitude ultimately influences how you feel.
  • Paul is not telling us to be happy, he's telling us to be joyful.
  • You choose to be joyful.
2. You Can Choose to Replace Worry with Prayer.
  • How much time you spend doing one is usually conversely proportional to how much time you spend doing the other.
  • 40% of our worries never happen.
  • 30% of our worries concern the past – things that can never be changed.
  • 12% of our worries concern matters of our health that are beyond our control.
  • 10% of our worries are just plain petty and insignificant.
  • 8% of our worries are legitimate, involving things we should be concerned about and that we should do something about.
  • You can either choose to worry, or you can choose to pray.
  • "Cast all your anxiety on him, because He cares for you."
  • Worry tends to inspire inaction.
  • Your perspective changes
  • The Holy Spirit speaks to you God pours out His peace upon you.
  • The Greek word for everything means everything.
3. You can choose to be thankful.
  • We have a gratitude deficiency.
  • Being thankful makes God happy.
4. You can choose what you think about.
  • Thinking is a habit, so develop the habit of thinking good thoughts.
  • Think about things that are uplifting.
  • Choose to think about things that connect you with God.
  • What you think about all day long will determine what you become.
  • "Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." (Romans 8:37)
  • "The God of peace will be with you."