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The apostle Paul lists four practical habits to foster the peace from God that passes all understanding.
- Habit #1: Choose not to worry.
- Habit #2: Pray about it.
- Habit #3: Verbalize your needs.
- Habit #4: Thank God for the wins.
Philippians 4:6-7 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.
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What are some worries and anxieties you have right now? Why do these things concern you?
- What are some steps you can take to choose not to worry?
- Read Romans 10:12-13. God wants to respond to those who call on him. What are some things that prevent you from calling on God?
- Have you at times found yourself talking to everyone but God about your worries and anxieties? Why do you think so many people do this, and what are some steps we can take to go to God in prayer?
- Read Philippians 4:19. What is Paul saying God promises us? What does God not promise us? Do you think people sometimes have mixed-up ideas about this biblical truth?
- What are some “wins” you have to share? Even if things are hard right now, how has God been taking care of you in the midst of trial?
- Read Matthew 6:34. Why do you think it is so important to God that we not worry? When we choose to dwell in worry and anxiety, what are we saying to God?
- Why do you think it’s important not just to be grateful from time-to-time or to pray from time-to-time, but to make these things habits?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Finding Your Way Back to God series. Download the discussion guide for this topic here. Download the sermon slides for this topic here.