Cancer and Focus Devotional

Excerpt from Finding Hope in your Cancer Journey by Karen Tripp

Be Alert for excessive concerns/worries that make you focus on fear instead of Christ.

Let’s say you had a concern. You saw your doctor and he said, “It’s not anything to worry about.” But you still worry. Getting a second opinion is good, but at some point you either
have an action to take, or you do not. Everybody worries. The question is, does focusing on negative things that might happen draw us closer to Christ, or farther away?

Dark Lie: “Anyone that’s been through what I’ve
been through would worry, too.”
God’s Truth: “Satan loves us to have excessive
worries, because in that negative place, it’s
harder to focus on Jesus.”

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
▶ Answer these questions from the verse above and chart below:
• What does NOT come from God?
• What kind of spirit has God given us?
If you are frightened or worried, it’s not from God. Feeling confident, loved, and self-controlled is from God. He wants to shower you with these. Let us ask for these things in

Prayer #2 Please pray aloud with me:
I know the worries and fears I have are not from You. Each thought I have that is fear-filled is a lie trying to pull me from You. Rip the negative thoughts from my mind. Shower me with the confidence, love and self-control that come only from You. You are my rock and my fortress. In Your loving hands I place my life. AMEN.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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