Monday - 12/14By Tommy Bowman
We worry more than any other society has ever worried. Why? Because we have more than any society throughout history. We have filled our lives with protecting and preserving our kingdom instead of running after and seeking God's kingdom first. The things you give your greatest devotion receive your greatest worry. Here's what Jesus says about our worry.
Read Matthew 6:33"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Response/QuestionsAs we learned on Sunday, we must trade the worry of seeking our kingdom first for the peace of seeking His kingdom first. The first way we do this is by praying how Jesus taught us to pray.
1. This week present something you are worried about to God and pray "Thy Kingdom come, they will be done."
The second way we seeking His Kingdom is by building it.
2. This week invest your life in someone else. Make someone else better. Help someone else follow Jesus in greater ways.
We must trade the worry of seeking our kingdom first for the peace of seeking His kingdom first!
Tuesday - 12/15By Mark Wittig
Read Exodus 14:14“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
This was Moses’ word to the Israelites as the Egyptian army was bearing down on them in the dessert, immediately before God miraculously parted the Red Sea and lead the Israelites to safety and freedom
Response/Questions1. What in your life are you fighting right now? Where are the battles, the things that cause you not to have peace?
2. Reflect back on a time when God has fought for you, when he has handled a circumstance that is bigger then what you can handle on your own. What was going on? How did God lead you through that situation? Does remembering God’s help in the past help you to trust Him with your present situation?
3. Memorize the 12 words of this verse. When you are anxious or worried this week say the verse back to yourself and use it to remember to practice being still, to let God fight this battle, to be surrendered to Him.
Wednesday - 12/16By Grace Ruta
Read Philippians 4:6-9“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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. 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.”
Response/Questions1. Start today with writing down or thinking through the things you are thankful to God for.
2. Of those things on your list, are any linked to the worries and stresses you are currently working through? The beginning of the verse clearly says, "with thanksgiving present your requests to God."
3. Take some time this morning (or afternoon 😉) to thank God for the things you have and, as you do that, bring your worries to Him in that state of mind and heart.
4. When you do that, the end of the verse tells us that the God of peace will be with us! How cool is that!
Thursday - 12/17By Mike Merrill
Read Isaiah 40:12-14“Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him? Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?”
Response/Questions1. Take a minute to reflect on the portrait the prophet Isaiah paints of our God. Pretty awesome huh??!!
2. Even today, sometimes it is easy to fail to comprehend or forget how powerful and sovereign and almighty and perfect our God is. So Isaiah uses rhetorical questions to help remind our simple minds just how big He is. The Lord our God is bigger than our fear and our worry and our anxiety. What emotions does this truth produce in you? Is it easy to embrace?
3. Spend 5 minutes in prayer and conversation with God right now and verbally voice your trust in Him. Confess the things you are anxious about (not trusting Him in) and release them to Him.
4. At the end of Isaiah 40, there is another pretty famous verse you may have heard before that says, "“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” The Lord our God is bigger than our fear and our worry and our anxiety. Do you feel new strength after releasing those burdens and trusting God?
Friday - 12/18By John Frank
Read: Matthew 6:25-34“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? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Response/ Questions1. Write down 3 things you worry about that prohibit you from fully seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness?
2. Pray with boldness for God to release of you of those worries.
3. Symbolically release those items by destroying/throwing away the paper you wrote them on.
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