Material taken from Living Without Worry by Timothy Lane.
Worries and anxieties can be related to past, present or future events. As we reach the end of 2016 focus for a moment on any present worries that are connected to past sins you may have committed. These past sins can cause anxiety in the present particularly when we have struggled with them over and over again (as Paul did when he said in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”) Coming to Jesus for forgiveness is something we need to do daily. Likewise, though, feeling the reality of past sins and then fighting against worrying about them is a daily calling. Remember that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1). Cry out to God now to give you a fresh understanding of God’s grace. Don’t remain fixated upon Romans 7:15. Pray for Romans 8:1 to take root more deeply in your heart.
Present worries can also be related to past events you have had to face. Ponder for a moment the difficulties you have experienced in 2016. You cannot change what has been done to you or what has happened to you. What you can do is begin to work out how to live now in a way that is not in the grip of those things. And that involves working out how to live life in a way that lets God be in charge of it.
To keep our focus on Christ is a daily struggle. And we need our fellow Christians to help us do this. Get together with your Freedom-in-Fellowship partner this month and remind each other of God’s grace and love.
Meditate on Psalm 27:1-3 together:
The Lord is my light and my salvation –
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
of whom shall I be afraid?
You live in God’s world. You are not alone. God not only exists but he loves you and knows you by name. Take a moment with your prayer partner and put these truths into your own words as you talk to God.
When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
It is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
Though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
Name the things that worry you. If you feel comfortable, share them with your prayer partner. Now pray together, thanking God and reminding each other that God is present with you in the midst of your anxiety. And you are safe in Christ.