LIVING OUR FAITH IN THE REAL WORLD

LIVING OUR FAITH IN THE REAL WORLD

OVERCOMING WORRY 

Matthew 6:25-34.

 

Perhaps the most difficult command in the bible to obey is not “Do not kill,” “Do not steal,” “Do not commit adultery,” “Repent and be baptized,” or “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.’

Perhaps the most difficult command is not to worry – not to be anxious. This is certainly difficult for me. How about you?

Worry is defined as troubling or tormenting oneself. It is uncertainly; it is faithlessness—the opposite of faith. Worry and faith are mutually exclusive. In English the word “worry” comes from a root word meaning to choke or strangle. The Greek word for worry literally means to have a divided mind or heart. Worry is an internal tug –of-war pulling at our faith.

There are two things wrong with worry. First, worry robs us of the good life. It keeps us from enjoying the journey. Secondly, scripture tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. These are two good reasons for us o learn to control worry. The dictionary defines anxiety as uncertainty, dread, fear. Here is something we must recognize about fear: fear does not occupy just a part of the mind. It does not divide it. Fear demands all or nothing. Fear chokes out the joy of life. In a real sense worry is a lack of faith, and fear is the direct result of uncontrolled worry and anxiety.

Someone once wrote, “feed your faith, and your fears will starve to death. Feed your fears, and your faith will die.” Worry and anxiety are powerful tools of Satan. And worry and anxiety are sinful. They can, and are, destroying our faith.

What can we learn from Jesus’ statement in our text?Worry is unreasonable

“… Do not be worried about your life. As what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Verse 25)

Worry is unreasonable because we focus on the wrong things. I’ve seen people have coronaries because they spilled something on their tie or dress. We get upset about the silliest things.

What or whom, did Jesus tells us to fear? Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both the soul and the body in hell” (matthew10: 28). Worry is unreasonable because we focus on things we cannot change. If we can change it, then change it! If we can’t why worry about it? The important thing is to know the difference. We need to ask God to give us the wisdom to know the difference between the things we can change and those things we cannot change. And then not worry about the things we can’t change.

Worry is unreasonable because it always exaggerates the problem. Have you ever noticed that when we worry about something, it has a tendency to get bigger until it consumes us with doubt and fear? Worry often makes mountains out of molehills.

Jesus is saying worry is illogical and unreasonable because it throws things all out of proportion.

Worry is unnatural

We must realize that worry doesn’t come from God; worry comes from whom? – Satan. Worry and anxiety are products of the fall, and that’s when sin was introduced into our journey. Friends, if anybody are on God’s welfare role, it’s the birds – it’s the flowers. And God says, I take care of them – you’re more than them.” Jesus said animals don’t worry, plants don’t worry. The only thing in creation that worries – the only thing in creation that doesn’t trust his Creator is people.

Listen to psalm 145:16, “you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living things.” Does this verse hold true in my life and yours?

Worry is a learned response, and since worry is a learned response, it can be unlearned. Worry is unhelpful. Jesus says worry doesn’t work. We can’t add a single inch to our height or an hour to our life.

You see, worry can’t

. Make us taller….

. It can’t make us skinnier….

. It can’t make us healthier…

. It can’t help us live one day longer…

Worry doesn’t accomplish anything!

Worry is stewing without doing. It is like sitting in a rocky chair. There is a lot of motion, but there is no forward progress. When we worry about our past, does that change it? When we worry about the future, does that control it? Worry and anxiety are unless baggage.

Worry is unhealthy

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad (Proverb 12:25). A tranquil heart is life to the body, but passion is rottenness to the bones (Proverb 14:30). A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones (Proverb 17:22).

In the preface to this book, none of these Diseases, S. I. McMillan says that 60 to 100% of all of our illnesses is caused by our emotions—by now we think in our hearts. Then the lists the most damaging emotions in this order: fear, sorrow, envy, resentment, and hate.

Indeed, worry can—and is—killing us.

Worry is unnecessary

Remember what Paul says in Philippians? Do not worry or be anxious about anything. Then he tells us why: God will meet all our needs according to his riches. All our needs. Is there anything outside of all?

When we put Matthew 6 and Philippians 4 together, we find God saying He will supply all our needs – emotional needs, physical needs, spiritual needs, relational needs – if we trust Him. God says, “You don’t have to worry. It’s unnecessary. I’ll take care of you.”

Worry is unchristian

Isn’t it amazing that we will trust God with our eternal salvation, yet we won’t trust Him with our family problems, our financial problems, and our health problems?

So, the issue really becomes worry or faith – which will it be for me?

Roman 8:28 gives us this assurance: “and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Worry is indeed unchristian.

Keep A Date For the concluding section on this topic;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVING OUR FAITH IN THE REAL WORLD

OVERCOMING WORRYMatthew 6:25-34.

 

Perhaps the most difficult command in the bible to obey is not “Do not kill,” “Do not steal,” “Do not commit adultery,” “Repent and be baptized,” or “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.’

Perhaps the most difficult command is not to worry – not to be anxious. This is certainly difficult for me. How about you?

Worry is defined as troubling or tormenting oneself. It is uncertainly; it is faithlessness—the opposite of faith. Worry and faith are mutually exclusive. In English the word “worry” comes from a root word meaning to choke or strangle. The Greek word for worry literally means to have a divided mind or heart. Worry is an internal tug –of-war pulling at our faith.

There are two things wrong with worry. First, worry robs us of the good life. It keeps us from enjoying the journey. Secondly, scripture tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. These are two good reasons for us o learn to control worry. The dictionary defines anxiety as uncertainty, dread, fear. Here is something we must recognize about fear: fear does not occupy just a part of the mind. It does not divide it. Fear demands all or nothing. Fear chokes out the joy of life. In a real sense worry is a lack of faith, and fear is the direct result of uncontrolled worry and anxiety.

Someone once wrote, “feed your faith, and your fears will starve to death. Feed your fears, and your faith will die.” Worry and anxiety are powerful tools of Satan. And worry and anxiety are sinful. They can, and are, destroying our faith.

What can we learn from Jesus’ statement in our text?

Worry is unreasonable

.

“… Do not be worried about your life. As what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Verse 25)

Worry is unreasonable because we focus on the wrong things. I’ve seen people have coronaries because they spilled something on their tie or dress. We get upset about the silliest things.

What or whom, did Jesus tells us to fear? Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both the soul and the body in hell” (matthew10: 28). Worry is unreasonable because we focus on things we cannot change. If we can change it, then change it! If we can’t why worry about it? The important thing is to know the difference. We need to ask God to give us the wisdom to know the difference between the things we can change and those things we cannot change. And then not worry about the things we can’t change.

Worry is unreasonable because it always exaggerates the problem. Have you ever noticed that when we worry about something, it has a tendency to get bigger until it consumes us with doubt and fear? Worry often makes mountains out of molehills.

Jesus is saying worry is illogical and unreasonable because it throws things all out of proportion.

Worry is unnatural

 

. Note verse 26. “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” verse 28 says, “observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do toil no r do they spin….”

We must realize that worry doesn’t come from God; worry comes from whom? – Satan. Worry and anxiety are products of the fall, and that’s when sin was introduced into our journey. Friends, if anybody are on God’s welfare role, it’s the birds – it’s the flowers. And God says, I take care of them – you’re more than them.” Jesus said animals don’t worry, plants don’t worry. The only thing in creation that worries – the only thing in creation that doesn’t trust his Creator is people.

Listen to psalm 145:16, “you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living things.” Does this verse hold true in my life and yours?

Worry is a learned response, and since worry is a learned response, it can be unlearned. Worry is unhelpful. Jesus says worry doesn’t work. We can’t add a single inch to our height or an hour to our life.

You see, worry can’t

. Make us taller….

. It can’t make us skinnier….

. It can’t make us healthier…

. It can’t help us live one day longer…

Worry doesn’t accomplish anything!

Worry is stewing without doing. It is like sitting in a rocky chair. There is a lot of motion, but there is no forward progress. When we worry about our past, does that change it? When we worry about the future, does that control it? Worry and anxiety are unless baggage.

Worry is unhealthy

 

. Worry not only makes miserable mentally, it also affect our physical health. Have you ever heard anyone says, “Man I am worried sick!”? They’re right; worry can make us sick. Look and see what this verse says:

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad (Proverb 12:25). A tranquil heart is life to the body, but passion is rottenness to the bones (Proverb 14:30). A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones (Proverb 17:22).

In the preface to this book, none of these Diseases, S. I. McMillan says that 60 to 100% of all of our illnesses is caused by our emotions—by now we think in our hearts. Then the lists the most damaging emotions in this order: fear, sorrow, envy, resentment, and hate.

Indeed, worry can—and is—killing us.

Worry is unnecessary

 

. ‘But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” (Verse30).

Remember what Paul says in Philippians? Do not worry or be anxious about anything. Then he tells us why: God will meet all our needs according to his riches. All our needs. Is there anything outside of all?

When we put Matthew 6 and Philippians 4 together, we find God saying He will supply all our needs – emotional needs, physical needs, spiritual needs, relational needs – if we trust Him. God says, “You don’t have to worry. It’s unnecessary. I’ll take care of you.”

Worry is unchristian

 

. Did you know that when we worry, we are acting like atheist? We’re acting as if God doesn’t exist. We’re acting like God won’t do what He has promised to do. Faith is a confidence and trust in God and in His promises. Worry is really a lack of trust in God.

Isn’t it amazing that we will trust God with our eternal salvation, yet we won’t trust Him with our family problems, our financial problems, and our health problems?

So, the issue really becomes worry or faith – which will it be for me?

Roman 8:28 gives us this assurance: “and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Worry is indeed unchristian.

Keep A Date For the concluding section on this topic;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.

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~ by ubcky4 on August 20, 2009.

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