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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Phil 4:6 (NIV)

This verse tells us to not be anxious about anything. That often seems like a pretty difficult. You might see lots bad things going on in the world.  Or feel that you’re under too much stress at work or school. Even in the middle of all of these things, God tells us to not be anxious.

How is that possible? How can you go through life without being anxious? The rest of this verse tells us how to do it. We are to do two things:

  1. Pray.
  2. Be thankful.

When we choose to be thankful, it changes our perspective on the situation. Instead of being stressed out about how demanding your job is, you can be thankful that you have a job. Instead of stressing about whether you’re going to meet the right person to marry, you can be thankful that you’re single and get to spend more of your free time getting to know God. In many cases, being thankful can turn your anxiety around. It’s hard to be anxious when you’re thankful.

Today choose to put aside your anxiety and choose to practice being thankful. You’ll find that as you become thankful, it’s hard to be anxious.

Today’s Truth: It’s hard to be anxious when you’re thankful. Develop a habit of giving thanks.

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Teen Devotion and Bible Verse on Who You Are In Christ

What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

We all like new stuff, it’s just human nature. Whether it’s getting those new shoes you’ve been wanting or trying the food at a new restaurant, there’s just something exciting about things that are new.

Have you ever thought about the fact that when you become a Christian, you’ve become new? Your hair doesn’t change color, and you don’t get some crazy new personality, but the old life you had before Christ is gone. Now when God sees you, he sees you new, perfect, and free from sin.

Knowing this changes the way you see yourself. You might look in the mirror and see someone who has messed up and is imperfect. The truth is, God doesn’t look at your failures. He looks at you through Jesus. In Jesus, He sees someone who is perfect. Today, choose to see yourself as He does. Choose to look past your shortcomings and see the person that God sees. A person that is full of potential and made new in Jesus.

Today’s Truth: When God sees you, He sees you perfect and free from sin!

Take a few moments today to thank God for making you new!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Matthew 6:27

 

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? – Matthew 6:27 (NLT)

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of worry. You worry about your math test on Monday. You worry about whether the guy in chemistry class likes you, you worry about your dog that has been acting sick lately. Life is full of things to worry about and if we’re not careful, worry can consume our lives.

The Bible tells us that worry is not good. It doesn’t help us and if we’re honest, most of the time we worry because we don’t really trust God. We don’t trust that He will help us through the situations that we’re facing. We don’t want to really give God our all and depend on Him to take care of us.

However, if we’re to beat the habit of worry, that’s exactly what we need to do. We need to get rid of all the things we’re worried about and put them over on Jesus. Worry isn’t healthy and worry won’t help us in the long run, just like today’s verse says. Can worry add a single moment to your life? The answer is no. So today, choose to put your trust in God. Choose to trust Him to help you out and to walk with you through the difficulties of life. You can do it, knowing that when you trust God everything will turn out ok.

 

 

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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Phil 4:6

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. – Phil 4:6 (NLT)

Worry is such an easy habit to fall into. Its so easy to start looking at what is going on around you and begin to worry. You might worry that you won’t make it into the right college. Or that you’ll never meet the right person and you’ll end up alone. There are so many things that are uncertain in life, and its easy to fall into the trap of worry.

However, today’s Bible verse tells us what we should be doing when we’re tempted to worry. It says that we should not worry, but pray about everything. We should be giving those worries to God and telling Him what we need. When we begin doing this, it helps us because we don’t have to carry those worries and fears any longer.

A final thing this verse tells us to do is to thank God for what He has done. So instead of spending all your time getting worried and worked up over a problem, choose to spend some time thanking God for all He has done in your life. If you do this, worry doesn’t stand a chance in your life!

 

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Luke 10:41

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, – Luke 10:41 (ESV)

In today’s Bible verse we see Jesus talking to Martha. She had tons of stuff to do and she felt as if she was all alone in getting it done. Her sister wasn’t helping her, but rather listening to Jesus. Martha had every right to be anxious. She had so many things going on and was probably under a lot of pressure.

You might feel like Martha did sometimes. The pressure to do good at school is weighing on you. You’re faced with lots of responsibilities and sometimes you might wonder if you’re really cut out to do it all.

The Bible says in Phippians 4:6 that we are to be anxious for nothing. That means that even when we are justified in our anxiety, we aren’t to become anxious. Instead, we are to rest in God’s peace. We can choose to walk in the peace of God even when things don’t look good around us.

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Doing that isn’t always easy, but it is worth it. To start, begin taking some deep breaths to calm yourself down. Then think of a promise in God’s word that makes you happy. Anytime you feel yourself getting anxious take another deep breath and say a scripture to yourself. The more and more you do this, the easier it will be to walk in peace!

Daily Devotion and Daily Bible Verse – October 27

Teen Devotion on Worry

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

It is so easy to begin to worry. I can recall countless nights I stayed awake worried about the next day at school. I was concerned that I would forget the paper I wrote for English at home or my math book. I’d wake up, find my backpack, and rummage through my folders until I found the paper or book I was looking for. Once I was sure they were in my bag, I’d try to go back to sleep. I lost a lot of sleep worried about forgetting something the next day.

Worry is a bad thing. It keeps you from sometimes sleeping, eating, or even just enjoying life. That’s why the Bible tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Because if we’re using up all our energy worrying about the next day, we’re not enjoying today. God doesn’t want us going through life bogged down with worry and cares. Instead, He wants us to trust Him, that He will take care of things.

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So today, if you have a bad habit of worrying about things, decide to make a change for good. Decide to stop worrying about things that may or may not happen and enjoy the things God has provided for you today. As you break the habit of worry, you’ll find that you’ll begin enjoying life more each day!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Peter 5:7

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1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

There are so many things going on in the world and on top of all those things, you have your own worries and concerns. You could be worried about what school to go to or what sport to go out for. Maybe you’re even worried about your upcoming History test. Worries and cares can easily burden you to the point where you don’t feel you can keep going on.

There’s one thing to do with cares and worries which is to throw them away from you. Throw them from you to God. When a fisherman casts a net or a fishing line, he forcefully throws it away and leaves it there. Visually that’s what we do with our cares. We throw them from us to God.

Let God catch your cares like you catch a ball. And God won’t throw them back to you and say “sorry, I don’t know what to do with it or sorry, I’m too busy to catch your care today.” Why? Because God is God. He can handle all your cares and everybody else’s too. Not only can He do it because He is God, but He wants to handle it for you because you’re His favorite kid and He’s your loving Daddy. So the next time you are tempted to worry and carry a care, stop and talk to your Father.

Pray: Father, because I believe you care- because this Scripture says You do. So instead of trying to hold onto this care, I give it to You. And I leave it with You to work it out. And I walk away from the care today. And whenever I think about it I picture You have my care and I don’t have it anymore. Thank you for working it out.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – April 2

BIble Verse for Teens Psalm 27:1

Of David. 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? – Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

It’s easy to become fearful. You might watch too much TV and it causes you to get scared of what’s going on in the world and for your safety. Maybe you fear for your future and wonder if you’ll ever meet the right person to marry or find the right career for you.

The great thing about God is that when He’s on your side you have no reason to fear. If you’ll choose to put your hope and trust in God you’ll never be disappointed. It’s not always easy trusting in God when things may not look certain around you, but putting your trust in God is always a good decision.

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God can’t let you down and He always comes through. It’s true, with God on your side you’ve got nothing and no one to be afraid of. So determine today to place your worries, your future, and your safety in God’s hands.  You have no reason to fear when God is on your side.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – December 1

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion for Teens Youth on Stress, Worry AnxietyDon’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. – Phil 4:6 (NLT)

Life is stressful. The stresses of life can hit us at different times and in different ways. You might have a tough class load at school, or perhaps your family is going through a difficult situation. It can be really hard when things are difficult to stay in God’s peace.

It’s easy to want to lose your cool, lash out, or take your stress out on others. However, God’s word challenges us to handle our stress differently. We’re told to tell God what we need and to thank Him for what He has done.

It doesn’t matter if our stress is justified. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense for us to be mad, upset or lose our cool. In spite of what makes sense and feels right, we should be spending our energy focused on thanking God. When we begin to be thankful and think of all the things God has done for us, it changes our perspective.

Instead of being upset, down in the dumps or out of control mad, when we practice thankfulness we are able to be at peace. Being thankful is powerful because it takes our eyes off of ourself and puts them on God. It’s when we focus on God and what He’s done that we can find peace in the midst of our stress.

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What Does The Bible Say About Anxiety?

Teen Devotion on AnxietyCan you think of times in your life when your parents would ask you what you learned at school or church. Most likely they were being really nice, but for some reason, you wanted to go to your room to be alone, or listen to music. You just wanted to be away from your parents and their questions. Because you wanted to get away, when your mom asked you, “What did you learn at school today?” You might have said, “Nothing”, and ran to your room. Or perhaps your dad asked, what did you do with your friends last night, and you said, “Nothing”.

This devotion is a tribute to those moments when you told your parents you learned nothing at school or did nothing with your friends. So when your mom asks you what you learned in this devotion, you can honestly say, “Nothing”.

To learn about nothing in this devotion, let’s check out a scripture about nothing that’s found in Philippians 4:6.

Be anxious for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. – Phil 4:6 (Jubilee)

Being Anxious Is Easy

The first part of this verse is easy. It tells us to be anxious. And for me, being anxious is really easy. I don’t have to try to be anxious, I can do it naturally. Being anxious is almost like second nature to me. You might have more homework than you have time to do, or you can see all the bad things going on in the world and it can become so easy to be anxious. You might even feel like you have a really good reason to be anxious.

Even if we feel like we’re justified in being anxious, this Bible verse tells us to be anxious for nothing. How is that even possible? With all the stress in our lives, with all the craziness going on in the world, how can we live our lives not being anxious?

Can We Really Live Our Lives Without Anxiety?

The end of this Bible verse gives us a clue how we can do this. It tells us in everything with prayer and thanksgiving, let our requests be known to God. So when we’re faced with anxiety, we’re to pray and to be thankful.

I know in my life, a lot of my anxiety comes from not being thankful. I can be stressed out that I have all state choir and band competitions next weekend, or I can be thankful that I have a God given musical ability. I can be anxious that I might not get my paper written in time or I can be thankful that I have the opportunity to go to school and get an education. When we are thankful, it makes all the difference. It’s hard to be anxious when you’re always being thankful.

Your Approach To Anxiety Matters

I remember a time when I was trying to learn how to skip rocks on water. As hard as I tried, I wasn’t able to make the rock skip. My best friend however, was a master at skipping rocks. He was able to make rocks skip four or five times across the surface of the water. I was so jealous at my friend’s ability to skip rocks, that one day I asked him how he did it.

He showed me a way to hold the rock that allowed me to get my rocks to skip across the water several times. My friend had what I needed, which was to change my approach to skipping rocks. Once my approach changed, I was able to skip rocks successfully.

How many times are we anxious because we need to approach things differently?

Living a life free from anxiety isn’t impossible, however, we may need to change our approach to do it successfully.

How Do We Change Our Approach To Anxiety?

So how do we do it? How do we change our approach to anxiety? I think it starts with really believing that God cares about you. It’s easy to think in the midst of a difficult situation that God forgot about you or that God doesn’t care. In reality nothing could be further from the truth.

God cares about you and wants to walk with you through any situation and circumstance you face. So don’t believe the lie that God doesn’t care about you. He cares about you so much. He wants you to be able to be anxious for nothing because you know that God will take care of you.

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We Can Be Anxious For Nothing

We don’t have to life our lives full of anxiety. Instead we can do what Phil 4:6 says be anxious, for nothing. We can choose to pray and be thankful in the midst of bad situations and circumstances. As we do that, we’ll experience God’s peace and love.

So dare to believe that God cares about you. Dare to live your life free from anxiety because you know that there’s nothing that God wouldn’t do for you!

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