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Key Thought:

To be anxious for nothing, we have to remember that no matter what, God is always in control.


Key Quote

“We can defeat what the devil is trying to do in our life simply by refusing to become upset.”  -Joyce Meyer



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • When you were younger, what posters did you have on your wall?
  • What is your favorite “dad” joke?
  • What was, or is, your favorite school subject?
  • What’s a show you’re binge watching right now? 


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • How do you ask for God’s help? (Reference Philippians 4:5)
  • What are some ways you enter God’s rest?
  • Why is God’s timing better than our own?
  • How should we as believers respond when it seems the wrong people/things keep winning in the world?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What do you need to ask for God’s help this week?
  • What anxieties do you have that you need to find rest?
  • What are the good things you can focus on during anxious and stressful moments?
  • Why can it be hard to trust in God’s timing?


Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for always being there in the stressful and difficult times. We cast our anxieties onto You, knowing and trusting Your will and timing is better than ours. Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Create a list of all the good things in your life to hold on to when things get hard.
  • Start the habit of daily prayer this week. Invite a friend to do it with you!
  • Identify things in your control that fuel your stress and anxiety and then remove them.

Scriptures

“BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. 3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. 4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. 5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 AMP 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”  Philippians 4:6 NAS

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4 AMP

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NAS   

“For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest.”  Hebrews 4:3 AMP

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:8-9 NAS

“For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another... chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.”  2 Timothy 4:3-4 AMP

“As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.”  2 Timothy 4:5 AMP

“Give us each day our daily bread.” Luke 11:3 NAS. 

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.”  2 Peter 1:3 NLT

“Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.”  Psalm 37:5 AMP


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