ANXIETY – WEEK TWO
Peace in a Pressured World Devotional Guide

It was May 2007, and I was walking into my boss’s office to present a report. After a couple of grueling 60 hour weeks, I was quite proud of the finished product and ready to present the findings. Little did I know, as I came face to face with my boss and the HR Director, my mood was about to plummet. Apparently, this would be my last day of work for this particular organization.

As a Christ-follower, I learned that quoting Scripture was just not enough. I had to believe that God’s promises applied to me as His child.

As far as personalities go, two people couldn’t be more different than my supervisor and me. Though we dealt with certain situations differently, I never imagined that those differences would eventually lead to a dismissal.

Once in the car and heading home, the reality of the situation hit me like a ton of bricks and high anxiety settled in. My husband was building a home business, we had two young children, and my job was our only source of income and medical insurance. That night, in a heartfelt attempt to both calm and comfort me, my husband said something that didn’t have his intended effect. He said, We better find something quick, because I know how you freak out over money. His words rocked me to the core. It was an innocent quip, but my heart hurt over this.

I realized that I professed to have faith in God, and said that I trusted Him. That day was a fork in the road for me. As I sought God, I realized that I wasn’t living what I said I believed. In prayer, I told God I was not going to “freak out” anymore. In fact, I was excited to see what He was going to do. It would have to be all Him to get us through this anxiety-ridden situation. We didn’t even have money for our next month’s rent. I sent a prayer request out to our Connect Group, and prayers and support started coming in.

One friend asked for my resume so she could send it around to her contacts. Within a week she called me to let me know that a friend of hers that I didn’t even know wanted to help and asked if would that be OK. I said, Of course! She came over the next day with an envelope. She said she had no idea what was in it, but hoped it would help. I hugged her goodbye and went back inside. My hands began to tremble as I opened the envelope and read the numbers on the check. A complete stranger had given us enough to get us through the next two months while we found work and other sources of income!

As I prayed in gratitude to the Lord, a verse came blazing through: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)  [Jessica Leffew, Women’s Ministry Director]

 

REMEMBER

As you read a verse or a passage, ask and answer the following four questions.

  1. What does the passage say about God?
  2. What does the passage say about Man?
  3. Are there any examples to follow?
  4. Are there any commands to obey or a sin to avoid?

After each day’s Scripture reading you’ll notice a section that begins with “I Will….” That’s included to help you with Question 4 as you consider your personal steps of obedience based on what you’ve read and learned. Then pray your commitment back to God.

 

Day 1-Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Day 2-I Peter 5:6-11

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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Day 3-Romans 8:31-39

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us, who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Day 4-Hebrews 13:5-6

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

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Day 5-Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

I will…
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