DIRECT COMMAND from JESUS CHRIST
When we experience trouble, too many times our initial response is to worry about the situation. But Jesus actually commands us to avoid developing an anxious heart.
- Eliminate all worry from your life.
MOTIVATION to never WORRY
After Jesus commands us to not worry, He presents two main reasons why it is foolish for us to worry.
- God takes care of every need.
- Worry wastes your time.
HOW to eliminate WORRY
Now that we know that God does not want us to worry and we understand the reasons why it isn’t worth it, Jesus gives us a game plan to eradicate worry from our heart.
- Trust in God’s sovereign plan (stop dwelling on stuff).
- Enjoy the gift of today (take one day at a time).
1. Is there something in particular that you worry about? Why do you worry about it? Are you a worrier about many things? After listening to this sermon, why do you worry?
2. Read Proverbs 12:25. It seems that high anxiety can affect us both emotionally and physically. Have you ever worried so much about something that it has robbed you of your appetite? You can’t seem sleep well? You get headaches? Why do you think worry affects us in this way?
3. What are some specific ways that we can avoid worry when trouble surrounds us? Focus on these three things: (1) We are told to keep our eyes on God (Psalm 16:8; 121:1-2; Hebrews 12:1-2). (2) Cast your cares on the Lord (Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7). (3) Pray (Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 34:4-7, 17-19).
4. If you’re worried about something and don’t know how you’ll get through it, read these verses and discuss what God does for us in our weakness (Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 40:31).
Applying the Bible
5. Are you seeking after God’s kingdom? What can you do this week to show God that you are trusting in His sovereign plan? Do you believe that He has the power and authority to deliver you through anything? How can you live out this belief?
6. Do you have a life-altering concern in your life right now? As a group, end your meeting in prayer over these concerns with the goal of “casting all our cares upon the Lord” (1 Peter 5:7).