5-5-5 Daily Devotions: Mind Games, Part 1 “Worried?” November 7-8, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

Mind Games, Part 1 "Worried?"
November 7-8, 2020

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

If “Worry” was a person in your life, how would you describe your relationship with “Worry”?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.

Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Worry is like a thick stream of fear trickling through your mind, and it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Application (5 minutes)

From the sermon: Overcoming worry is a battle for our minds:

·       What we think determines what we believe: what is one thought from the Scripture you need to focus on today?

·       What we believe impacts our decision-making: how will this impact one relationship in your life today?

·       Our decisions determine what we do: do you feel more free to respond with love? How will you show love today?

·       What we do determines the outcome of our life: if you take a step of love instead of worry every day, what will you accomplish eventually?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, you have not let anything stop your love for me. Teach me to replace useless worry with effective moves of love for you, my neighbor, and myself. Help me be the change I long to see in the world.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What have you always been good at?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:1-13 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Ralph Marston said, “In your mind you can go anywhere. And where your mind consistently goes, the rest of your life will follow.”

Connecting with our Creator God, who created us for contentment – not worry – is where we can find joy in the present (where we are today) AND where we are headed.

Application (5 minutes)

Why is it important that I offer my “body” as a “living sacrifice” to God?

How can serving others help you overcome the “mind game” of worry?

Paul coaches us on how to bring our attitudes in line with God’s will. What is a healthy attitude you want to grow in?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you that you promise to transform me into a new person. Help me offer my body as a living sacrifice, change the way I think, and pursue positive, thankful, and assertive attitudes so that I can experience your good, pleasing and perfect will for me!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What makes your worry worse? Are you actively pursuing things (thoughts, conversations, media) that enhance your sense of worry?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Psalms 46:1-11 NLT

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

 

Application (5 minutes)

To catch a glimpse of the historical context during which this was written, regional wars happened regularly, and survival often hinged on the strength of the army and the size of a nation’s fortresses. While it may seem incongruous with God’s nature that he would participate in the chaos and destruction, we have to realize that it was not God’s participation that was the surprise; it was that he would participate in worldly affairs by protecting the vulnerable and standing up for those who could not defend themselves.

It is in the midst of chaos and uncertainty that God calls his people to “Be still, and know that I am God!” How then should we respond to our temptations to let fear and worry dominate our hearts and minds?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, we are tempted to trust in our bank accounts, our politicians, and our worries to help us secure our hoped-for future. The truth is, you alone are God. And you love us. Teach us to be still before you and rest in the fact that you are our security, and nothing can separate us from your love.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How are you thinking about worry differently this week?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders.

And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen. 1 Peter 5:1-11 NLT

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 NLT

Application (5 minutes)

What are your sources of worry, and how can you personally “give all your worries and cares to God” because he cares for you?

Do you have to have clarity or certainty about the future in order to trust God? And if you do, is it really trust?

What is different about God’s peace than the peace the world offers?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you that you care for us—in the middle of our struggle. Thank you for all you have done. Here are my needs: …   Help me experience your peace which will guard my heart and mind!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Why is focus so important?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. Ephesians 1:1-14 NLT

Sermon Insight:

God works in our lives from the outside in and the inside out!

Application (5 minutes)

How is my life different because of these truths?

·       God chose to make me holy and without fault in his eyes.

·       God adopted me into his family by bringing me to himself through Jesus Christ.

·       God purchased my freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave me of my sins.

·       God showered kindness, wisdom and understanding on me.

·       God identified me as his own by giving me the Holy Spirit.

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, I want to praise and glorify you for your unfathomable gifts. Thank you for your kindness in working in me from the outside in (I sometimes need you to break down my walls) and from the inside out (I am so thankful you are willing to use me to make a difference in this life)!

Scroll to Top