Do you have a tendency to
worry? Read Isaiah 28:16. What kind of cornerstone has the Lord given
to us as a foundation of our relationship with Him? Is this cornerstone true, tried and tested? Can you trust this foundation God has laid
for you? What does God promise those
who trust His foundation? Read 1 Peter 2:4-12. Who is the precious cornerstone chosen by
God? If you are making Christ your
foundation, what kind of life should you be living and why? Should worry or angst dominate you? If worry or fear dominate you, do you really
believe what you are a part of? What
happens if you don’t believe (verses 7
& 8)? What do you need to
believe to know these promises are certain (verse
8)? What are the kinds of things that war against your soul (verse 11)?
Do you tend to focus on food
in your life? It is easy to justify
your focus on food, because you know you need it to live. However, what did Jesus say about the birds
of the air in Matthew
6:26? Do you find yourself
thinking too much about what foods you need to stock up as opposed to who needs
to hear the Gospel (Romans 14:17)?
Do you get your joy from eating, or do you enjoy food because of the joy
you have in the Kingdom? Do you see the
difference? Often a wrong motive is
what causes you to worry. Do you worry
about food when someone asks you to share it?
Does this cause you to be concerned about the need to feed yourself and
therefore not having enough to share with those in need? Read 1 Timothy 6: 17.
Do you trust God will provide you with what you need? If you really trust that God will provide,
wouldn’t you share everything you have, or even give it away if necessary? Read
Acts 2:42-47. Were these Christians focused on their food
or property or on the Kingdom of God?
Do you sometimes quarrel or
complain about what you need? Read James 4:1-3. What is it that causes these fights? If you believed God meets all your needs
would you fight or complain? Where is
your focus when you complain about your situation or covet what you don’t have? Do you complain about your clothes or what
you are eating? Are you the type who can’t
wear the same dress twice? Do you need
a Tommy Hilfiger shirt or Florsheim shoes to feel confident or important? Should your confidence come from what you
wear physically, or spiritually (Galatians 3:26, 27; Romans 13:14; Isaiah 61:10)? Do you believe that your spiritual clothes
have an awesome splendor that you could never get from physical clothes? Do you believe that what God gives you is
all you need?
Learn to trust God just like
the birds and flowers do. The splendor
of this life is dull compared to how God can clothe you and feed you,
spiritually and physically. If you
trust God in clothing and feeding you, will you need to run after these things
6:27-32)? What does running
after these things get you (Ecclesiastes 2:22-26). Does God know you need to eat and be clothed? Only if you please Him will you receive what
you need—even enjoyment of things in this life and much more in the life to
come! If Jesus teaches you not to
worry about the things you obviously need, should you need to worry or be
concerned about the things which you do not need? What needs to be our priority in life (Matthew 6:33)?