“Sometimes my mind is my own worst enemy. Sometimes my eyes trust only what they see. But have You ever run out of faithfulness? Have I ever needed more and gotten less? No, You always come through, so I won’t worry what tomorrow brings. Your love’s got a hold on me. And You won’t let go through the highs and lows. I won’t worry what may come my way, ‘cause I believe every word You say. I don’t have to be afraid.”

Are you someone who tends to worry? We all have to fight worry from time to time. And we’ve got some powerful weapons to use to fight it. We’ve got the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God—when your heart wants to worry, run to his Word and read his promises. (Ephesians 6:17) Use the power of prayer – “pray in the Spirit on all occasions and with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18) And don’t forget your shield of faith—use it to extinguish the fiery arrows of worry that the evil one sends your way. (Ephesians 6: 16) Be bold and tell the devil to run away from you, as it says in one of the other songs this session. God is with you. You can trust him. He has always been faithful. Sing this song and hum the tune all day long and the Lord will bring you his true joy as you trust in him.

Ephesians 6:16-18 “In addition to this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for God’s people.”

Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.”

Questions: What do you worry about most? What do you do to turn your heart from worry to trust? What is your favorite Bible verse that helps you to stop worrying?

Prayer Power: Pray for those you know who are worrying right now about something that is happening in their life—pray that they will seek God in his Word and trust him more. Pray for those you know and love to turn from worry and be filled with God’s supernatural true joy.

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“I see revival rising. I see hope on the horizon, as a generation stepping out in faith. Because we will be a people on our knees, as one before the King. Yeah, we believe. All the world starts changing when the church starts praying, strongholds start to break. Oh, when we pray, prison walls start shaking at the sound of praising. Nothing stays the same, oh, when we pray. Let your kingdom come, Lord. Let your will be done.”

Prayer brings hope. Prayer is something we can do when we feel helpless to do anything else in the face of disappointment, discouragement and danger. And it is the most important thing we can do! There is unstoppable power when we pray. Let’s be part of a generation on our knees, stepping out with unstoppable faith. Let’s live what we believe—that all the world will start changing when the church starts praying! Start today to ramp up your prayer life. Pray on your own, pray with your family, pray with your friends. Pray in the morning, at midday and at night—pray without ceasing! Be a part of the prayer revival that is called for in this song!

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18: “…pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Questions: How much do you believe in the power of prayer? Have you seen specific answered prayer in your life recently? How will you “ramp up” your prayer life, starting today?

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunity to pray. I know you are listening. Help me to be more faithful and more fervent in my prayers, Lord. I want to pray with unstoppable faith. Amen. (don’t stop praying here—go on and pray for the things that are on your heart right now. Don’t worry about getting the words right. God will understand. He is eagerly listening for your prayers.)

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We’ve made it to July, and summer is officially here! Just because your schedule may be a bit more relaxed than usual, that doesn’t mean you should abandon your fitness goals. If you’re not already enrolled in a Body & Soul class this summer, check to see where Body & Soul is being offered near you.

If your schedule doesn’t allow for a class at this time or if you’re looking for some additional workout ideas that you can do on your own, try these:

Keep Moving | Body & Soul FitnessSPARK Workout for the 4th of July

Amy Stafford, President of Body & Soul, has a short two-minute video to inspire you to keep moving this summer. This SPARK routine is easy to remember, especially at the 4th of July! Just think Squats, Push Ups, Abdominal Plank, Russian Twist, and Kickboxing Kicks. Best of all, these exercises don’t require equipment so you can do them wherever you are.

4 C.O.O.L. Exercises for Summer

For those days when it’s hot outside or a Body & Soul class isn’t being offered, you can do these four exercises in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room. Again, Amy keeps it easy-to-remember: Cross Mountain Climbers, Oblique Crunches, Out-and-In Squats, and Lunges.

Take It Outside

If the weather isn’t too hot, take your workout to the great outdoors! Be sure to drink lots of water as you workout. Check out this well-rounded workout that uses whatever props are available in your surroundings. Use it as inspiration and adapt it to your surroundings.

However you choose to stay fit this summer, keep on moving!