Transformed: Practice the Cast

Pastor Sam Dittrich

October 13, 2019

Confession — Jesus, we come to you with burdens, regrets, and stress. We tend to rely on our own strength, trying to solve things ourselves. Forgive us for all the ways we keep you at arm’s length. Teach us to put our trust in you and let you be our strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Reading — Psalm 55:22–23

 

Questions —

  • Pick one of the biblical “greats of the faith”—David, Moses, Paul, or Jesus. What were some of the
    emotions they faced while trying to be faithful to God? How might their example encourage and help
    you in your emotional ups and downs?
  • Read 1 Peter 5:6–7. What two things does Peter advise us to do? How are they related?
    How does God respond?
  • What does it look like to “cast your cares” on Jesus? What part does humility play? What gets in the way
    of your ability to cast your cares on Jesus?
  • 1 Peter 5:7b. How do you know God cares for you? How can you remind yourself of this when life is
    emotionally hard?
  • What specific anxiety or concern do you need to cast humbly on the Lord? What do you think are some
    of the root causes of these feelings?
  • On the other side of an epic faith victory for God, the prophet Elijah found himself in a deep depression.
    Read 1 Kings 19:1–4 and you will find 3 things that contributed to Elijah’s emotion: running himself to
    empty (1 Kings 19:1), shutting people out (1 Kings 19:3b–4a), negative thinking (1 Kings 19:4b).
    Which one of these might you be most susceptible to? How might that contribute to negative emotions
    in your life?