STRESS MANAGEMENT: DON’T WORRY!

Scripture:

“Don’t worry about anything” – Philippians 4:6(NLT)

 

Message:

Work doesn’t keep you up at night; worry does.

 

God clearly states in the Bible what He thinks about worry. Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything” (NLT).

 

Why do you need to let go of your worry?

 

Worry is unreasonable. Here are a couple of reasons why that’s true. First, worry exaggerates the problem. Have you noticed if somebody says something bad about you, the more you think about it, the bigger it gets? Second, worry doesn’t work. To worry about something you can’t change is useless. And to worry about something you can change is a waste of time. Just go change it!

 

Worry is unnatural. No one is a born worrier. You might think you are, but you’re not. Worry is something you learned. Since worry is unnatural, it’s also unhealthy. Your body wasn’t designed to handle worry. When people say, “I’m worried sick,” they’re telling the truth. Doctors say a lot of people could leave the hospital today if they knew how to get rid of guilt, resentment, and worry. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body” (NLT).

 

Worry is unhelpful. Worry cannot change the past, and worry cannot control the future. All it does is mess up today. The only thing that worry changes is you. It makes you miserable! It’s never solved a problem.

 

Worry is unnecessary. God made you, he created you, he saved you, and he put his Spirit in you. Don’t you think he’s going to take care of your needs? There’s no need to worry.

 

 

The first step in stress management is to refuse to worry about anything. Why? Because it’s unreasonable, unnatural, unhelpful, and unnecessary.

 

The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7, “You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern” (PHILLIPS).

 

God personally cares about you and for your needs. So all those things you’re stressed, anxious, and worried about? Let them go. Give them to God.

 

 

Talk About It

 

What does your worry say about how much you trust God?

What are you worried about right now? What can you do to change it?

How can you practically “throw your anxieties” on God?

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope.

THIS IS NOT YOUR HOME

Scripture:

“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite.” – Psalm 147:4-5

 

Message:

Did you know your body is a tent? That’s right, a tent. Tents are meant to provide short-term living spaces while you’re away from home. And life on this earth is just that – a temporary place to live until you go to your heavenly home. Some tent-stays last longer than others, but eventually, each of us will pull up our stakes, collapse our poles, fold up our tent, and go home. At home, there is no sickness, no sadness, no sin – only joyful praise and worship to the almighty King of kings. It’s where angels are waiting to rejoice and welcome you to the Father. Home sweet home to the Savior – how sweet that day will be.

For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down – when we die and leave these bodies – we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. How weary we grow of our present bodies. That is why we look forward eagerly to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies that we shall put on like new clothes. 2 Corinthians 5:1-2 (TBL)

 

Based on His promise, we wait for the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell. 2 Peter 3:13 (CSB)

 

Prayer:

Father, I love living in your beautiful creation here on earth, but I long for the day when I will be in my permanent, heavenly home with you. I can’t imagine how magnificent it will be. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Day Spring Devotionals.

A LIFE BASED ON TRUST.

 

 

Scripture:

“I have learnt to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty” – Philippians 4:11-12

 

Message:

As a follower of Christ you have powers at your disposal that enable you to tackle life positively and constructively. Remember that dynamic discipleship is based on faith that finds expression in deeds, not in feelings. Focus on the fact that God loves you, even though you might be experiencing the darkest time of your life.

 

Acknowledge the fact that He will never leave you, even though you may not be able to feel His presence right now. If your life is based on your faith in Christ, your confidence will increase and you will overcome your every feeling of inferiority. There will be no situation that you will not be able to handle through Christ’s wisdom and power.

 

Prayer:

I thank You, Lord Jesus that I can start every day with confidence because I find my strength in you. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

TRUST GOD IN THE DARKNESS

Scripture:

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

 

Message:

Every follower of Jesus faces days where his or her spiritual life seems mediocre and their enthusiasm is dampened by indifference.

 

If this is you, then you need a fresh experience with God to drive the darkness from your life. No matter how your emotions change, God’s love for you remains steadfast, strong and secure. He loves you with everlasting, unceasing love, and, even though you feel far from Him, He is always close to you.

 

One of the benefits of going through dark times in life is to appreciate the light and sunshine of God’s love when we experience it once again. God is able to use even the darkest experiences on your earthly pilgrimage to the benefit and blessing of others.

 

 

Prayer:

Please hold my hand, Lord. I know that you will lead me into the future one step at a time. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

FACING THE FUTURE

Scripture
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2

Message
If you are fearful and worried about the future, you will project the very things that you fear and wish to avoid, into your future. Like Job you will then find yourself saying, “what I feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25).
A sure way of increasing your hope is to work hard at maintaining a positive faith in Jesus Christ. Strengthen the ties that you have with Him until He becomes a living, dynamic reality to you.
The more real He becomes to you, the more your fears, which have undermined your trust in Him, will be transformed into a steadfast, constant faith in the Lord. Then you will be able to venture fearlessly into the future.

Prayer
Holy Master, give me hope and confidence in the future as I walk with You. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

GOD’S LOVE

Scripture:

I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. – Jeremiah 31:3b

Message:

When a person becomes a Christian, he or she gains all the privileges and responsibilities of a child in God’s family. One of these outstanding privileges is being led by the Spirit as we read in Galatians 4:5, 6 – “to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to son ship. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” We may not always feel as though we belong to God, but the Holy Spirit is our witness. His inward presence reminds us of who we are and encourages us with God’s love.

1 JOHN 3

See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.

Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in Him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know Him or understand who He is.

Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who children of God are and who children of the devil are. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything.  Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive from Him whatever we ask because we obey Him and do the things that please Him. And this is His commandment: We must believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them. And we know He lives in us because the Spirit He gave us lives in us.

LOVING ONE ANOTHER – 1 JOHN 4:7-21

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. We love each other because He loved us first.

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And He has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

CONCLUSION

As believers, our self-worth is based on the fact that God loves us and calls us His children. We are His children now, not just sometime in the distant future. Knowing that we are His children should encourage us to live as Jesus did.

Remain Blessed!

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FACING THE FUTURE.

Scripture:

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2

 

Message:

If you are fearful and worried about the future, you will project the very things that you fear and wish to avoid, into your future. Like Job you will then find yourself saying, “What I feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25).

A sure way of increasing your hope is to work hard at maintaining a positive faith in Jesus Christ. Strengthen the ties that you have with Him until He becomes a living, dynamic reality to you.

The more real He becomes to you, the more your fears, which have undermined your trust in Him, will be transformed into a steadfast, constant faith in the Lord. Then you will be able to venture fearlessly into the future.

 

Prayer:

Holy Master, give me hope and confidence in the future as I walk with you. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

HOLY AND OMNISCIENT.

Scripture:

“The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” – Psalm 103:19

 

Message:

In adverse circumstances, people often start to doubt God’s power and majesty. Their faith wanes and the obstacles of life cause them to stumble.

When you find yourself surrounded by difficulties, hold on to your faith and put all your trust in the victorious Christ. In all the centuries since Creation, there has not been one stance where the righteousness of God did not triumph over evil.

 

This same God wants to be your daily companion. He reigns supremely over everything and everyone. Let this be your source of strength and power in life, with all its problems and demands.

UNSHAKABLE TRUST.  

Scripture:

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction.” – Romans 12:12

 

Message:

When everything seems to be going wrong you may feel overwhelmed by your problems and want to give up or try to solve them in your own strength. But remember, the Lord has promised to never leave nor forsake you.

However, you must have patience because you cannot hurry or prescribe to God. He does everything in His own perfect time and way. God sees the big picture of your life- He is all-knowing and all-seeing.

Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to wait patiently on the Lord. Then, with childlike trust, you can leave everything in God’s hands. Those who stand steadfast in affliction receive God’s most precious gifts from His treasure house of mercy.

 

Prayer:

Lord and Father, I find peace of mind in trusting you completely. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

ON EAGLES’ WINGS.

Scripture:

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles” – Isaiah 40:31

 

Message:

Too often we get hung up on things that don’t really matter and we allow them to distort our view of life.

A positive Christian, however, has the ability to rise above small irritations by trusting in the Lord in all circumstances and by always remaining conscious of His presence. It is impossible to be trivial and small-minded when the love of Christ fills your heart and mind.

Spreading God’s love by the power of the Holy Spirit means being able to rise above trivialities and reach the heights that the God of love desires from all His children. Then we can rise up on the wings of eagles and see things from their true perspective.

 

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, fill me with your presence and help me to trust in God so I can rise above my problems. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.