How should this encourage you?
“So do not worry; saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ …your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” (Matt. 6:31, 32)
Knowing brings love.
The more someone knows about a potential lover, the more that love expands. This works for relationships with God or others. God will help us knoww him and others and grow in that love; if we ask him to; and if we have turned over control of our lives to him.
We have demanded our independence from God; and when he gives it to us we become upset.
Why pray when you can worry?
Many people worry and are troubled about what they will eat and wear. Jesus said something very interesting about such people, He said:
“The pagans run after all these things.”(Matt. 6:32)
What do you do to counteract anxiety in order to concentrate on the kingdom?
“Be content with what you have because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”(Hebrews 13:5)
How does the work ethic fit into this passage?
Code the list of concerns below with these symbols:
P = my parent’s biggest concern-5 = my biggest concern 5 years ago+5 = my biggest concern 5 years from nowx = something I can do nothing about+ = something I can give to God and forget about* = my biggest concern right now
children: doing OK in schoolparents: getting oldjob: finding it or loosing itmoney: not having enoughadvancement: getting aheadolder children: not making ittransition: starting overmid-life: failing my expectationshealth: can’t work/pay billsretirement: feeling uselessfuture: being left aloneaccidents: loved one getting hurt
If you were to take seriously the above Scripture passage, how would it affect your list above?
a. it would change everythingb. it would change a few thingsc. it would change the way I view thingsd. it wouldn’t change a thing
How do you feel after taking this personal inventory?
a. relievedb. angry, because these concerns do not go awayc. frustrated, because I know I should not be this wayd. I’ll have to think about this
It is important for every believer to know and obey the will of God. The Bible says:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” (Psalm 32:8)
We can be absolutely sure that God will guide us when we are making important decisions in life.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Col. 3:15)
In this case, the word “rule” means to “act as a guide or leader.”
Another method that God uses to guide us is through circumstances. When circumstances are favorable God may be saying ‘yes,” when they are not favorable; he may be saying “no.”
But maybe we are still asking “Why do I need to be ‘born again.’