Bible Study Outline on Stress and Worry
Stress can happen when we are overcome with problems. When you face a problem, you should not try to look somewhere else to seek help. Instead, you should bring your problems to God in prayer (John 14:27). When you trust in God, God can help you (Philippians 4:13; Luke 1:37; John 14:1; Isaiah 14:31). It is wrong to keep on worrying about your problems. After praying and surrendering it to God, you should stop thinking about it and continue to do your business (Matthew 6:25-34; Proverbs 12:25).
When you worry, your mind is wide open to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). The devil is constantly looking for people who are vulnerable and easy for him to deceive (1 Peter 5:8). Thinking too much allows the devil to easily put deception in your mind. The devil will always attack your weakest spot. If he knows you worry about your problem, he will use your problem to deceive you so that you will be led away from Jesus Christ.
God has a purpose for each of us in life (Jeremiah 29:11-14). There is something that God wants us to do on this earth. We must have ambitions because it gives us a direction in life. Without an ambition, you will not have a purpose to go on in life (Proverbs 16:9). Even if you are a Christian and you know you are going to heaven, you will still feel lost if you have no goal in your life. If you don’t know what your ambition in life is, you can ask God to tell you through prayer.
Everyone have problem and it is part of life to have problem (John 16:33). Problems also challenge us to put our faith in God. What is most important is how you react to your problem. The problems you face in life can strengthen you so that you will be stronger and victorious in life. On the other hand, problems can also break you if you choose not to fight it. You must learn to pray in every problem you face (Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:6-7). Doing so will help to build up your faith in Jesus Christ.
The parable in Luke 6:48 states that whoever who hear God’s words and put it into practice is like someone who build a house on a rock. When flood come, it will not shake and collapse because it has a good foundation. We build our foundation in Christ by having faith in him and doing his commandments. If you have 100% trust in Jesus, you have good foundation in him. Problems are sometimes put in our lives by God so that we will turn back to him. We must always humble ourselves and turn to him instead of hardening our hearts to seek God in times of troubles (2 Chronicles 7:14).
When you have problems, you must not stop following God. When you focus on your problem, your problem will be bigger and bigger. It will make you feel more and more stressed when you keep on focusing on your circumstances. If you focus on God, you will learn to let go of your problem and surrender your burden to him (Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 4:19).