September 19 Encounter

Keith Schubert
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Did you know that your Heavenly Father can’t wait to meet with you today?  It’s true!  Spend a minute or two dwelling on that and then read the passage below using your Bible Study Insert.


“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7


Our society promotes many “pressure reliefs” that I’m sure you’ve heard of: energy drinks, self-help books, Oprah & Dr. Phil, have an affair, drugs & alcohol (in an attempt to numb the pain).  The list goes on and on.  But these things people do in an attempt to RELIEVE pressure actually leave them with much MORE PRESSURE then they initially had.  


Suddenly, you’ve got to keep that secret, hide that receipt, lie to someone you love, make excuses for why you were late…Not only do you have your INITIAL PRESSURE, but you also have your NEW PRESSURE too!  That doesn’t seem like REAL relief.  That’s the bad news.  But the good news is,  our passage today talks about a different way to handle pressure.  One that actually brings relief.  Bring them to God in prayer.  


What  pressures are you carrying right now?  What do you sense your Heavenly Father speaking to you?  How is He calling you to respond?

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