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Fear Not: In Lack | Digging Deeper


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Sermon from Jan. 19, 2020


It is natural for us to experience anxiety and fear during times of lack. At best, a lack of resources threatens our comfort; at worst, our very survival is at stake. Despite this, God’s word offers practical advice, instructions and examples regarding what our mindset should be in times of need.


MEDITATE


  1. What behavior changes do you usually observe in yourself and others who experience a lack of resources? Why do we act this way?

  2. Read Matthew 6:25-34. What logical arguments does Jesus make against the futility of worry?

  3. How do the words of Jesus in Matt. 6:7-13 compare with His teaching on anxiety and worry in verses 25-34?

  4. In Exodus 16-17, God miraculously provides food and water for the children of Israel, yet they still wrestled with anxiety & doubt. What lessons can we learn from this example?

  5. In the sermon, Pastor Eric said, “An anxious person cannot live the abundant life Jesus intends for us.” In what ways does anxiety blind us to abundance?

  6. What antidote to anxiety does Paul teach in Philippians 4:4-7? In your own experience, have you found this approach to be effective?

  7. Read the devotional printed on the back of the discussion guide and underline key phrases that stand out to you. Do you agree with the author when he writes that living by faith is not natural for us? Why or why not?


SO WHAT?


The enemy wants you to have a mindset of scarcity, rooted in doubt and unbelief. Ask God to give you the supernatural faith it takes to cast all of your anxieties upon Him, and live the life of abundance He has planned for you. (1 Peter 5:7; John 10:10)


HIDE THIS IN YOUR HEART

…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6–7
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