We continue in our walk to learn to be C.A.L.M. (last week's message) -
- Celebrate God’s goodness (Philippians 4:4)
- Ask God for help (Philippians 4:6)
- Leave our concerns with God (Philippians 4:6)
- Meditate on good things (Philippians 4:8)
Day 1: Read Philippians 4:5. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “no gentleness” to 10 being “gentleness evident to all”, how would you rate your contagious calm the last 24 hours? With family? While driving? When the lawn mower wouldn’t start? When it finally did? Other?
Day 2: Read Proverbs 15:1. The volume and tone of your words can stir people up or calm them down. How have you noticed the impact of the volume and tone of words in what someone has said to you? In what you said to someone else?
Day 3: Read Philippians 4:5. You are not alone. You may feel alone. You may think you are alone. But there is never a moment in which you face life without help. God is near. God repeatedly pledges His proverbial presence to His people. Where have you sensed God being near in the past 24 hours? Where do you need to remind yourself God is near?
Day 4: Read Psalm 118:6-7. When are you tempted to fear people more or the things of this world than remember your faith in God? As you go throughout the day, pray this short prayer of assurance: “The LORD is with me!”
Day 5: Read Philippians 4:5. God asks you today, “Do you trust Me?” Contagious calm flows from a trusting relationship with Him and living with an awareness of His presence. How would you answer God’s question today, “Do you trust Me?”
Day 6: Read Psalm 118:1. Not “His love endures for a moment”, or “His love was present a long time ago”, not “His love present when everything is easy”. You can trust God because He is good, and His love endures forever. Write down five ways you have seen His goodness and experienced His enduring love this week.
You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book: Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado.