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Verse of the Day – July 11th


16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ KJV)

If we really believe this, we will worry less!

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Billy Graham on Happiness


MATTHEW 6:34 NKJV

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The Secret of Happiness

King George V wrote on the flyleaf of the Bible of a friend, “The secret of happiness is not to do what you like to do, but to learn to like what you have to do.” Too many think of happiness as some sort of will-o’-the-wisp thing that is discovered by constant and relentless searching. It is not found by seeking. It is not an end in itself. Pots of gold are never found at the end of the rainbow, as we used to think when we were children; gold is mined from the ground or panned laboriously from a mountain stream.

Jesus once told His disciples, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” The “things” He spoke of were the things that make us feel happy and secure—food, drink, clothes, shelter. He told us not to make these the chief goal of our lives but to “seek the kingdom” and these needs would be automatically supplied. There, if we will take it, is the secret of happiness.

Daily Prayer

Forgive me, Father, for the times when I am anxious. You have promised to take care of all my needs.

God Helps His People


PSALM 107:19-21 NKJV

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord  for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

God Helps His People

A few questions for those with a tendency to worry (pause briefly and ponder each one):
• What situations in life are you most worried about right now? Why?
• Of the various situations currently prompting anxiety in your life, which can you personally change?

Over what issues do you have absolutely no control?
• What are the inward and outward signs that something has got you really concerned and nervous?
• List all the benefits of worrying. What are some of the drawbacks?
• Is worrying a “sin”? Why or why not?
• How do you think God feels when his children are panicky and anxious?
• Why do some people seem almost immune to worry?
• When is the last time you truly felt at peace?

Instead of worrying, you can cry out to God for help. In times of trouble, trust in God’s unfailing love.

God’s Promise to Me
• When you cry out to me, I will help you.

My Prayer to God
God, I’m crying out to you for help. Help me trust that you will come to my rescue.

This article courtesy of the YouVersion Bible.

Sunday School Discussion Guide for July 28


John 3:1-18 (NKJV)
1  There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3  Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4  Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5  Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9  Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10  Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11  Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
12  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
13  No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15  that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


What must I do to be lost?


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Matthew 6:31-34 NIV

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.

In what situation or circumstance does God abandon His care for us?


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Matthew 6:30-34 (NKJV)
30  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Is it a sin not to trust?  Not to believe?

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Three words in this section point the way to victory over worry: (1) faith (Matt. 6:30), trusting God to meet our needs; (2) Father (Matt. 6:32), knowing He cares for His children; and (3) first (Matt. 6:33), putting God’s will first in our lives so that He might be glorified. If we have faith in our Father and put Him first, He will meet our needs.

Hypocrisy and anxiety are sins. If we practice the true righteousness of the kingdom, we will avoid these sins and live for God’s glory.

If God’s care is a luxury hotel, why do we complain about the accommodations?

Seven Irrational Fears


1. That you will not wake up.  – if you do not wake up, you will not wake up to know you didn’t wake up.

2. There is not enough room for everyone in the world. – I have been up in a plane across a fair portion of the world.  I have seen vast expanses where there is NO ONE!  If all this space gets filled with people and some form of natural selection does not thin us out….it will be a long time after your life span ends.

3. I will not be able to complete my collection…whatever you are collecting. Why does that matter.  Is your happiness really tied to the market in any given commodity?  Maybe you would be happier if you were able to lose this sick compulsion.  Nobody ever gets everything on every list.  Thinking any other way is just immature.

4. Being afraid the earth will spin out of orbit – what are you going to do?  Play Atlas and go hold it in place?  You cannot do anything about it.  No preventative action or reactive action on your part will make any difference.  Why worry?

5. Afraid of air transportation – air travel is the safest way to travel per passenger/mile.  You can meet your maker walking down the street.  Cars crash, trains wreck, bikes get hit, all in a frequency greater than air crashes.  If you must worry, find some reasonably threatening thing into worry about. 

6. Afraid that you will always be afraid  – this is the one thing I may not be able to help you with.  Some people fear everything.  But the longer you live, the more it proves that you had nothing to fear.  This has happened again and again throughout your life.  If you cannot learn from your own experience, you probably are afraid that you will continue to do the same thing daily, but get a totally different result.  Is this a conspiracy just to burn you!  How rational is that?

7. Afraid of death/dying. – some of us should be very afraid of this one.  For those of us who believe in an afterlife day of reckoning, I guess it depends on how we lived.  If you have made your choice based upon all the best available data, what sense does it make to worry?  If you think you chose unwisely, make a better choice and change course.

Now I am aware that some people have clinical reasons for their fears.  I am not clinically trained in this area, but many people take comfort in God’s promise to care for us.  If He cares about the sparrow, how much more He cares about us.  And that is the main reason why all worries are irrational…God is taking care of us.  Even when bad things happen to us, we need not fear…God has the power to make it all right. And like the Biblical patriarch, Job, we can trust God to be faithful to us no matter what.

Lordship


Pastor Dustin Butler on “Not Worrying”

Windborn Church

The infinite, all wise, wholly other God, who is beyond us choose to love us. Vast are the attributes of God, and all that He is is for us. As the Lord Himself says in Jeremiah 31.3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” That is who He is, He cannot help it. Of the many mysteries and wonders of salvation, a top consideration has to go to the reality that we can accept the love of the creator of the universe.

See our great and loving God has gone to great links to love us and then continues to reach out to us. He has sent His son, to put on our human flesh and die for us, and He continues to have His Spirit call us to Himself as the Holy Spirit reminds us of the love of Christ Jesus…

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Sunday School Study Sheet – July 14, 2013


Ten Ways to Conquer Worry by Charlie W. Shedd

Matthew 6:27-34 (MSG)
27  “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
28  All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop,
29  but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30  “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
31  What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.
32  People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
33  Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Matthew 6:27-34 (NKJV)
27  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28  So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

  1. “Lord, help me to keep in mind that there is a BIG difference between nervous worry and healthy concern…. each day, all day, may I do your work without fussing.”

  2. ” Heavenly Father, May I never forget that a good father puts his child to bed because his child needs great… Thank you, Lord, for my own sleep and quiet, plus times to do nothing.

  3. “O Divine Creator, you made things to grow and things to diminish… Help me to remember that my problems do have a way of shrinking as I draw closer to them… Thank you for all those times you actually have reduced my troubles overnight.”

  4. “Good Lord, keep me away from the land of ‘What if.’ Help me to remember there is just as much chance it won’t happen as it will… Thank you. Thank you.”

  5. “Creator of the Universe and me, may I never forget that there are hidden reserves in all of us…. You put them there. You can wake mine in my hours of crisis…. I praise you for the strength you stashed away for my emergencies. How great thou art.”

  6. “O Divine Mind, give me wisdom to know that there are some things I am meant to control but some are not for me…. I am truly grateful that you have equipped me with an effective ‘worry or not’ sorter. Help me to use it well for you.”

  7. “Lord of the healthy mind, make me wary of jealousy…. May I ever remember that other people only look as if they have no worries…. And please remind me often that I really would not like to trade places with anyone.”

  8. Keep me checking on my goals, Lord. Often…. When I am worrying over false ambitions, correct me…. If I am reaching where I shouldn’t reach, tap me then too…. And yes, sometimes when I’m getting lazy, guide me to new dreams, new goals for you.”

  9. “God of all people in all the world, when I am unduly anxious, remind me to stop and do something for someone…. a shut-in, a troubled friend, some good cause…. Make me one of your everyday missionaries to the everyday needs of others.”

  10. “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, minute by minute, day by day, hour by hour, help me to trust you more…. Forever and forever may I love you more, that I may more and more love others for you. …. So may it be—Amen.”