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MATTHEW 6:25-34; PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7
Maybe you’re like me. If you grew up in the church, it might be second nature to pray about everything. After all, you want to share whatever is going on in your life with Jesus, your Best Friend.
So you ask God to help you face the challenges at school. Will you be able to pass the algebra test? What about physics? English literature?
You pray about your relationships. Why can’t adults remember what it was like to be a teen? Can the misunderstanding be healed between you and a former friend?
Worry steps up with every question.
I have an exercise to help me deal with anxiety. I mentally place my worry in a box and tie the box with red ribbon. I give the package to God and experience a tranquil moment.
But, sometimes, another question pops into my mind, and I grab back my worry. After more prayer, I place the situation in God’s hands to regain a sense of peace. But the cycle repeats. Again and again.
One night, the worry war went into overtime. My exercise wasn’t working. Ex hausted, I finally said, “God, I can’t give you my worry. Just take it, please.” Then, the anxiety of that evening lifted, and I drifted off to peaceful sleep.
In the daily battle of worry, turn to Jesus, who walks beside His people, who has experienced the hurts of this broken world, and who promises to one day destroy sin, death, and suffering completely when He returns (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 4:14-16; Revelation 21:1-5). • Esther M. Bailey
• Anxiety is a complicated and often lifelong issue and sometimes requires counseling, medication, or other treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask for help—from God or from the people He’s put in your life. When you struggle with anxiety, who is a trusted person—such as a pastor, counselor, or friend—you can talk with?
• What are some things you are anxious about? Talk to God about them in the space below. He cares about you and your needs (Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7).
• As Christians, we are never alone (Matthew 28:20). Read Matthew 6:25-34. What truths from this passage stick out to you?
• We live in a broken world where anxiety is a reality. The good news is that Jesus’ death and resurrection were the beginning of the end of suffering for His people. Jesus’ death destroyed the power of sin, and His resurrection destroyed the power of death. Anxiety will not have the last word for those who put their trust in Jesus, who promises to return to complete what He started—to free His people from sin and death (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Revelation 21:1-5). How can these promises give you hope during lifelong struggles?
• Come up with an activity to fight worry or anxiety, such as singing a truth-filled song, taking a walk, making a list of things you’re grateful for, or planting a flower and marveling at God’s creativity.
• If you need someone to talk to, you can set up an appointment for a one time complimentary phone consultation with a Christian counselor through the Focus on the Family Counseling Service.
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
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A Bad Plan
GENESIS 3:8-9; 1 JOHN 1:9–2:2
"Well, that was a bad decision.”
“I can’t believe we did that.”
“So, now what? You know He’ll find out.”
“Hmmm. I have an idea. See all those bushes and trees over there? Let’s hide.”
In the story of Adam and Eve, we witness one of the worst strategies ever created. After eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve felt ashamed and guilty, a common response to wrongdoing. Then, they decided to hide from God.
True story. These two humans were trying to hide from the all-knowing Creator of the universe. Gently and clearly, God drew them out from their hiding places, clothed them, and barred them from the Garden of Eden. It was a humbling moment for Adam and Eve.
As much as we want to mock them, it’s our natural response to hide when we do wrong. It’s embarrassing to admit the truth of our sin. We would rather hide until it all blows over. God has other plans, and He has gone to great lengths to make it possible for us to receive mercy and grace.
How far? The Father sent His very own Son as a payment for our sins. While we have committed sin in the darkness and hidden afterward, Jesus died during the middle of the day, in front of witnesses, so all could see His sacrifice.
Our sin is not the end of the story. We’re not meant to live in the dark shadows of shame. We all sin, every day, but Christ’s death paid the price for our sin, allowing us to live unashamed in the light. • Mike Hurley
• How was God merciful in His response to Adam and Eve’s sin?
• What should our response be when we sin? Why are we free to go to Jesus when we sin (Hebrews 4:14-16)?
My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous one. He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 (CSB)