5 Ways To Fight Anxiety | Pastor Steven Furtick

five ways we create our own storms sometimes we see some some waves are our God ordained in our lives but some waves or waves we make and sometimes we create our own anxiety and then we ask God for peace but how can he give you peace in a situation that you're currently creating and so I got five things for you just real quick I won't take long on them but number one often we create anxiety and waves in our lives with the words that we speak just write that down words words have you ever made unnecessary waves with your words words that you speak out of anger that you then have to go back and then fix takes a week two weeks three weeks words of doubt words of some of you just you frame your day with the wrong words and then you're disappointed with the world that you've built but your world is created by your words and sometimes we make waves you know we create choppy conditions in the morning just by the way we get up talking with any one thing is another my grandmother used to say this phrase all the time she say y'all bout to worry me to death and she'd say it about anything you know the TV's too loud turn that TV down you're about to worry me to death not to worry me to death and she was a wonderful lady but you know what as a result of her saying all the time you about to worry me to death she was worried a lot because she said she wanted to be worried we read a teaching one time in a book it said after anything you say in your life don't say it if you can't follow it with this phrase and that's just the way I want it and that's just the way I want it so so try it out on the things you say you're about to worry me to death and that's just the way I want it [Applause] now I'm just run around like chicken with my head cut off I'm so stressed out and that's just the way I want it you got your own phrases but the words we speak create waves of anxiety check your words number two your approach sometimes it's not what we're going through it's the way we're going through what we're going through some of us live with no margin and so we're always nervous it's our approach anxious about money because we spend too much and don't make enough no margin is your approach you start your morning frustrated with people in traffic you know there's going to be traffic you've never adjusted the time that you get up and leave your house now you're wondering why your job is so stressful your job is not stressful the way you got to your job was stressful because of your approach I'm a help a student your class is not stressful the fact that you knew about the assignment for three weeks before you thought to look it up it's the approach that made it stress she just so means she's not mean you're just a procrastinator you're making your own waves cannot get a parrot back me up and that's that's the second one the wrong voices the wrong voices can create unnecessary and needless waves and anxiety in our lives can't they I mean if you checked the news or your your Twitter feed on your phone before you've been getting up to use the bathroom in the morning and you wonder why the outlook on life that you have is so dark I think 24/7 news stations and news is one of the worst things that ever happened to our peace of mind as people no offense to the media no offense to a journalist but I mean I was reading through just some headlines the other day do you really need to understand the dynamics of every disease like every disease do you really need to understand the dynamics of every conflict in all these countries that you can pronounce I mean the Met no wonder your marinated you're marinating in the wrong reports the wrong voices they'll come in and tell me from time to time about a problem in the church and when they get to a certain point I'll say thanks that's all I need to know what am i doing I need good information to make a good decision but I don't need so much information that it clouds my outlook so I can't let the wrong voices just keep on playing keep on going and then they said this and they might do that and it could be that you know some point you just got to say I'm creating waves by all the voices I'm listening to I listen to depression i watch depression the people I hang around are depressing I'm making my own waves hello hello hello our expectations can create waves sometimes you go out in your life and the the anxiety that you feel is the result of the expectations of others that you created by not being willing to manage your own energy sometimes the anxiety we feel is because we get up in the morning and we don't expect any battles that day and so we feel like it's a surprise attack when something hits us from why are you surprised he said put on the full armor of God that suggests you're gonna be in a fight he said take up the helm and he said take up the shield he said take up the sword he said you got to get dressed for battle when you get up in the morning don't be surprised you you need to learn to expect some storms I think the fact that it's unexpected is often the reason it's so difficult and then there's the the master wave maker and our souls is called shame shame shame you walk around anxious because you're hiding stuff and you wonder when are they gonna find out about my secret or maybe because you're tormented by something that God already forgave see there's a difference between conviction and shame conviction is good it shows you what to fix and it gives you God's power to help fix it Shayne tells you that because of what you did who you are is now fundamentally changed and it makes you walk around paranoid and it makes you walk around feeling helpless and it makes you walk around feeling like people don't love you who do love you and people are judging you that aren't judging you and you got to learn where to take your shame or it'll just rock you waves and they wake Jesus up and they say don't you see the waves don't you care if we die I'm so verse 39 Jesus got up rebuked the wind and said to the waves quiet be still we got up and he said quiet be still three words then the wind died down and it was completely calm and he said to his disciples why are you so afraid don't you know that when I tell you we're going to the other side we're gonna get to the other side no you know that I command the wind and the waves and see they they didn't yet they hadn't seen enough yet and experienced enough yet but after you've been through a few storms it's interesting what you learn do you still look at it have no faith and then verse 41 and says they were terrified and asked each other who is this even the wind in the way of somebody how if you thought they were scared of the storm they really freaked out when they found out that with three words he could shut it off like a showerhead whoa so come on I want to suggest something to you today about the storms of anxiety in your life and the waves in the winds that are blowing in your life because man the winds will blow they will blow absolutely and the waves will break and they will crash no doubt about it and in those times when Jesus is sleeping in the stern and he doesn't take action and he doesn't fix your situation it can be easy to deduce what the disciples to do is we're gonna die and God doesn't even care start playing it out all the way to the end man this is how I'm gonna die right here this is I was going in right here I'm never gonna get another job never never bail slim and they're gonna anxious for nothing cuz they eventually got to the other side yeah and say I wondered all week why would Jesus send them into a storm just like we wonder in our lives why doesn't God do more about the chaos in our world why does any fix situations before they get that bad we celebrate when God heals somebody of cancer but silently we wonder why did they have to have cancer to begin with we celebrate when somebody's kid comes back to God but we wonder then why did God let the kid wander away to begin with we celebrate this somebody went to heaven but we wonder why did God have to make it so that people died and we feel pain and sorrow don't you care and Jesus was was upset about that you know what I don't think he was upset that they woke him up I think they were supposed to wake him up I think he wanted them to go wake him up I do I think it's the way they woke him up that bothered him see because they they woke him up thinking you must not care you don't care he said in Philippians 4:6 dittany in everything make your requests known to God you're supposed to ask God you're supposed to go down to the stern and say Lord I don't even need a little help right now Lord this doesn't feel good God is pushing against me God is getting cloudy and I don't know what to think and the skies chrome black would you help me Lord would you come Lord but don't assume he doesn't care man see because I believe you don't have to take this view if you don't want to I believe that Jesus put him in the storm not the test them but to teach them I can explain see Jesus wasn't gonna be with them forever we don't have Jesus in physical form we have the Spirit of God inside of us as believers but we don't have Jesus in our boat what a cool picture just like Jesus was in the stern the Spirit is inside of you but but we don't have Jesus anymore in in physical form in our boat and so I think Jesus when he when he stood up and he said quiet be still and the wind and the waves died down you know what I think he was doing I think he was using the wind and the waves like a whiteboard to draw a lesson plan for the disciples follow me follow me follow me because the real waves that take you down in your life are not the ones out there they're the ones in here [Applause] and see you think it's the circumstance that's making you anxious it's not you think it's the other person's reaction is that it's it's how do I know this James chapter one verse six James chapter 1 verse 6 he says when you ask God you must believe and not doubt now what's what doubt does watch what that does because the one who doubts is like a you see it like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind that's why God lets me experience winds and waves in my life so he can teach me to calm the wind and the waves within see the real waves are within and you'll never have peace until you learn how to speak peace to the waves within so Jesus said watch this he said be still and the waves shut up and he said now it's your turn what I just did to the sea I want you to do to your anxious heart and the next time the winds of what-ifs start blowing and the winds of imaginary scenarios and negative emotions start blowing I want you to get up and wake up your faith from the start of the ship and get out and hold up your hand and say quiet be still the waves within come on I'm preaching about the ways within Gus if you learn how to calm the waves within you can ride the waves without oh I found out that if you learn how to calm the waves within is about the atmosphere of your heart the waves within the waves within you think the problem is that God won't calm the waves without the real problem is you haven't learned to calm the waves within and we learn how to be peace speakers to our own souls I thought it was random when the order of this stuff because because Jesus Mark chapter 4 he's talking about the sower and the soils and then we go straight into the storm and I couldn't figure out why mark edited those two together but I realized that both are about atmosphere every heart has an atmosphere I wonder today what is the atmosphere of your heart can I tell you that nothing good develops in an atmosphere of anxiety nothing and Jesus said whether you're thinking about a farmer and a soil that's the atmosphere of the earth or a storm in the sky you got to learn how to take command of the atmosphere of your heart cuz here's what's happening you're creating an atmosphere of anxiety all around you because there's an atmosphere of anxiety within you you've taken it out on people and you're frustrated with people and you're short with people and you're withdrawn from people and you're blaming people but you've gotta get up and wake up your faith Peter Jesus said you see what I did now you do it speak speak awaken your brave within so here's what I do you and what I do you don't know what I do check this out when the waves start in my life first thing I do I breathe physically something Ella like yes the breath of God no no just I physically breathe do it now you feel it do it again do it again they've suggested that the reason the Hebrew name of God is Yahweh is because the very name sounds like a breath Yahweh so that when you breathe every breath is a prayer reminding you that he's inside of you sustained just here comes the waves but I know how to breathe let everything that has breath praise the Lord so I breathe in His grace and then I can breathe out breathe breathe breathe breathe and then I I remember yeah I remember that he told me we're going to the other side I remember that like he started this I talk about all the time that you've started this and so I remember oh like David did when he was standing before Goliath wait a minute just like the lion and the bear gods about to take this joker down to breathe I remember trigger something in your mind that reminds you of the faithfulness of God watched the waves die down yeah and then I um I asked he said make your requests known to God Lord will you help me here I'm up on a choppy sea I just got a report about my mother's health Lord they just did that thing again that you know sends me off in that direction help Lord you don't have to say a lot sometimes just help Lord you hear you with Thanksgiving though thank you Lord now help please thank you please thank you please get it and rhythm of asking asking it'll be given to you seek and you'll find knocking the door will be open I asked and I visualized because the storms can wreck your visibility can't they it causes you to lose sight of everything God's put around you and you can't see anything but what's flashing right in front of you so I ask and then I open the eyes of my heart and I try to get an awareness of hey look God is here Hey look there is strength Hey look I am standing Hey look there is help Hey I see you now Lord I have opened the eyes of my heart and then you gotta elevate you gotta elevate I found out that you're gonna love this if you're a nerd atmospheric pressure gets less as elevation increases think about that spiritually speaking think about that spiritually speaking some hangs heavy over your life and you can't make what's hanging over you less heavy but you can get up higher in your perspective if you will elevate and worship God and lift your hands and begin to praise Him in the storm so so when the waves come are gonna what's that I got a cheat sheet did y'all see this I got oh the words and the approach and the voices when we talked about these it just play twenty five minutes ago and the expectations and the shame that's the weights when the waves come you didn't know I'm smelling anything I snuck it in I'm tricky when the waves come home I need to check this wave and see if I made it or if God made it okay okay here comes the wave but watch this just as soon as the wave comes breathe remember ask visualize elevate oh that's the brave also come here come here QE hold my mind so so so here it is in the series when the waves come because they will get your brave stirred up in your spirit and wake up your faith in the stern of the ship and when the waves come cuz they will hear comes fear here comes manic here comes thread here comes embarrassment here come words here come actions here come voices here come expectations go save you but here comes Bray and my God has given me the breath of life and his spirit is stronger than any star I'll push the back way come on lift your hands let your hair warship back let the wind blow there's a stronger wind halibuts your eggs hey thanks for watching make sure to click the subscribe button on your screen so we can notify you whenever we release new content go ahead and subscribe now I'll see you next time


  1. Amen!!
    You are so spiritual ❀
    I love hearing you every morning
    You came to my life just when I was about to give up…πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  2. Words.
    Words have power.
    Don’t say it if u can’t follow this phrase: that’s just the way I want it.
    Words crest anxiety.
    2.) approach
    Anxious about money, no margins.
    Approach like perspective.
    3.) voices
    Wrong reports, wrong voices.
    4.) Expectations.
    5.) shame.

  3. If you ask seek and knock that where God spoke to me i cried and being to thank God and ask for help in my storm with in thank u for this revelation God .

  4. I've been dealing with memories I have done in the past! I have to learn how to let go of my past and know that God forgave me for every sin. For everyone going through similar situations, you are not alone put your trust in God he is in control.

  5. I’m ready to praise God and Worship Him when the waves begin. I need to listen to God and stop listening to others and making my own waves. Forgive me Lord for fighting my own battles. I need you every hour.

  6. God please help me to love you more πŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏI’m tired the life I’m living right now πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

  7. I beg to disagree on that I pray in God's time to be able to share since 95 never believe what I have dealt with since I was sent back from above told I had a purpose and 24 years later coming to understand why

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