Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Lesson 7 - Focusing on Today
What offered you the greatest challenge or blessing, and why?
Looking at All of Life
Name the recurring issue or upcoming event in your life that is causing you the most anxiety today.
How can Psalm 118:24 encourage you today…and every day?
Looking at God’s Word
In Matthew 6:34, what behavior does Jesus forbid?
How should Jesus’ command affect the recurring issue or upcoming event you named above?
Looking at Today
Using your Bible, fill in Christ’s formula for winning over worry found in Matthew 6:34.
His command --
His insight --
His challenge for you today --
Guideline 1: Prepare
Prepare in the evening -- List the preparations you need to make tonight for what is most likely to happen tomorrow. What do you think is the final step in preparing for tomorrow?
Prepare in the morning -- Read Mark 1:21-34, and list the activities that filled a day in the life of Christ.
Now read Mark 1:35-38. After such a busy day, what was Christ’s first activity the next morning? By the time the first people reached Him, what had happened?
How would preparing in the morning help you when the day begins, reality sets in, and “everyone is looking for you”?
As you think about Christ’s example, what steps will you take tomorrow morning that will allow you to receive the guidance, perspective, strength, and grace you need for the day?
As time allows, pray and then design your ideal devotional time.
The length of time:
The material and focus:
The role of prayer:
Loving God…Even More
Read this section in your book again. As you consider the contents of this chapter and God’s amazing love for you, what can you do this week, in obedience to Christ…
…to focus on each day? …to win over worry? …to love God with all your mind?
Do not worry about tomorrow.