5-5-5 Daily Devotions: Mind Games, Part 3 November 21-22, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

Mind Games, Part 3
November 21-22, 2020

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

Conversation Starter

Consider words like “treasure,” “most valuable,” “priceless” – what comes to mind for you?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. Matthew 6:19-24 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Jesus has a way of getting to the heart of the matter. We will choose. We will pick one side or the other. So which side are you on? What you are most devoted to is what you worry about.

Application (5 minutes)

This Scripture is about finding security in what matters most. Some cling to money as their security. Others trust God.

You can identify what matters most to you by considering what you would do if you lost it. Consider two situations—which one scares you the most?

1)     If you lost all money but still had God, your church, and your faith…

2)     If you lost your relationship with God, the church, and your faith, but you still had plenty of money…

Once you identify your primary allegiance, then Jesus says you use the other to serve what you care about most.

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, free my heart to love you most. Help me find security in you, not in money. Money is a powerful tool but horrible ruler. Teach me to trust you for peace and strength. Thank you for teaching me to simply thank you for what you have already done, knowing you will provide both for my needs and for my need to make a difference in this world.

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

Conversation Starter

What dominates your thoughts? If what you focus on most happens, will the result be positive or negative?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:24-34 NLT

Sermon Insights:

God is a “much more” God. He is our “daily bread” God. He is our “more than you can ask or imagine” God. You can almost hear the incredulous voice: “You’re worried about daily bread? Don’t you remember who I am? Don’t you remember how much I love you?”

Application (5 minutes)

Worry breeds fear, and you spend your limited resources (time, energy, money, relationships) in search of “more” and “safety.” If you spend your time feverishly acquiring and protecting your stash, you may end up with money and clothes and losing out on a healthy life and body. “Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” Jesus

Faith breeds trust, and you spend your limited resources (time, energy, money, relationships) in search of how to make a difference. You spend your time seeking the Kingdom of God above all else and living righteously, God provides “everything you need,” and the results are inner peace and strength, rich relationships, an increased dependence and satisfaction in God, and a much healthier life and body.

Which do you want? Which does Jesus want for you?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, increase my faith. Help me loosen my white-knuckled adrenaline-laced fear-filled grip on my own safety and trust you. You created me and gave me life; help me really live it well!

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

Conversation Starter

Fill in the blanks: if I were to stop worrying about _______ today, I would put my increased energy towards _______ .

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” Matthew 26:36-46 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)

How did Jesus show faith over fear when he was under tremendous strain?

Does Paul suggest in Philippians that “joy” is a random feeling or a deliberate choice? How does someone “rejoice” even when circumstances are difficult?

Once you’ve established your trust in God (by intentionally asking for what you need and thanking God for what he has already provided):

1)     How does Paul describe God’s peace you will receive?

2)     What does Paul say you are now free to set your mind on? Will you do it?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, you shepherd me. At times, I am like a scared, hopeless and helpless sheep. Thanks for being faithful in: ……  Here’s what I need: …… Bring me your peace, and teach me to set my mind on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable!

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

Conversation Starter

What is one of your favorite traditions? Why is it meaningful to you?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Have you ever noticed that when you read a Scripture again, you see something different? This is because while the Scripture does not change, YOU DO. And here is the amazing thing: the ultimate author of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, is with you as you read! This is the same passage of Scripture that we considered on Day 2. Jesus promises that each day will bring its own worries. Today is a new day! Take a little extra time with it today. Let the Holy Spirit gently guide you to see what gifts Jesus wants you to experience next as you learn to win at the “Mind Game” of worry!

Scripture:

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:24-34 NLT

Application (5 minutes)

This question is directly from Jesus: “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

Since we have limited time, let’s consider how we can make an eternal impact.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Describe the “Kingdom of God” in your own words:

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for being faithful yesterday, present today, and powerful tomorrow. Teach me to fully trust you!

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

Conversation Starter

What are you currently working hard to develop, training for, or investing in?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

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

Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 1 Timothy 4:7-11 NLT

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Worry is like a warning siren to pray: “Father, my anxiety is my clue. This concern is my reminder to give this to you.”

When anxiety or worry comes your way, remember three things:

1)     The first thing we do is pray.

2)     The second thing we do is think.

3)     The third thing we do is remember our training.

Application (5 minutes)

How does the choice to consider trouble an “opportunity for great joy” help you win the “Mind Game” of worry?

Fix your thoughts…train for godliness…develop your endurance…describe God’s goal for you through these steps.

What is harder to surrender control of: your mind, your feelings/emotions, or your body? Do you believe you have choices you CAN make to surrender each to God’s processes?

What do YOU want to be your legacy?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for loving me where I’m at and also loving me too much to let me stay there!

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