Living Our Faith

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. 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;
Jesus Antidote For worry & Anxiousness
Place God first in every area of your life. I like the way the Living Bible words Matthew 6:32-33. “Your heavenly father already knows perfectly well what you need, and he will give you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to live.”
Worry is always…
. a warning light on the instrument panel of life,
. an indication of mixed-up values,
. a loss of perspective and direction….
It indicates a loss of faith and trust in God and His ability to work all things out for our good. Worry is an indication that something has taken first place in my life besides God and my faith in Him.
Here it is folks. Any area where God is not number one in our life becomes a source of worry for us. It may be money, a health concern, and grade in school, family problems, job, and religion…
It doesn’t matter what it is. Wherever God is not first, that area will become a source of worry for us. We can count on it, nothing was meant to take the place of God.
What is the commandment? Remember, no other gods before me.
Jesus says if we will put Him first in our lives, we will take care of all our needs. Isn’t this what Jesus said in our reading?
Live one day at a time. Don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will have its own worries. Don’t open up your umbrella until it starts raining. There are two days of the week we should never worry about: yesterday and tomorrow.
Why should we live only one day at a time? Because in worrying about tomorrow’s problems, we miss today’s blessings. God doesn’t promise to give us grace for tomorrow;
He only promises grace for today. It is okay to plan for tomorrow, but don’t worry about it.
In teaching us to pray, what did Jesus says? “Give us our yearly bread.”? “Give us our monthly bread.”? “Give us our weekly bread.”? No, he said, “Give us our daily bread.
why? Because He wants us to depend on Him one day at a time.
Here is how to genuinely enjoy the journey: live one day at a time.
Trust God to care for things beyond our control. The root of worry is found in verse 30: “O you of little faith.”
We must decide: Are we going to trust our worries, our anxieties? Or are we going to trust God? You see, we can’t either panic or pray when we face the tough situations of life.
Listen to Philippians 4:6-7:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul says don’t worry, but do what?  Pray!
Listen to this! I am told there are over 7,000 promises from God in the Bible. They are like an insurance policy. When we get an insurance policy, we read what it covers. Then we don’t worry about it. We know if something happens, the insurance company will take care if it.
Read the book, study it, memorize it, learn its promises, and then don’t worry about things.
Consider these examples with me.
When Joshua was about to undertake the awesome task of taking the land that God had promised, God admonished him and Israel to “be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
When Jehoshaphat was going to war, he was outnumbered three to one, and there was no way he was going to win this battle. But the message from the Lord was “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
When Jesus sent out His disciples, he encouraged them and said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
When Paul wrote the Christians at Rome, he said “and we know that God cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Paul encouraged the Corinthians when he wrote, “but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Look at these truths;
When we obey God, he is with us wherever we go.
When we have a battle, we should stop worrying and allow God to fight our battles.
God knows what faces even the smallest of His creation.
As God’s children, whatever we face works out.
Our victory is from God through Jesus Christ.
What are we worried about that appears out of our control—finances, our children’s future, our health, a ruptured relationship, our eternal salvation…?
Let’s put it in God’s hands doing what we can, but allowing Him to extend His grace to us, fulfill His promises, and provide our every need.

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~ by ubcky4 on September 1, 2009.

One Response to “Living Our Faith”

  1. I enjoyed this Article on worry and yes God doesn’t want us to worry but we as a human being in the flesh will worry even tought we have faith and trust in God. Things happen to us in life that causes us to worry but we still love and respect God’s will. We know we should give God our problems and walked away beleiving God will answer them and help you through them and He does and you end up saying why did I let that bother me .I love God today with all my heart but even I know we are not perfect and we fall short of the glory of God.This is a well written Article and now we need to pratice what he has written and put it towards our life. Why don’t we give God our problems because He already knows them before you ask.I will tried my best to turn my worries over to Him and take less pressure off me. Thank You God for been there for us.Sometimes we tried to handle things before we think. I do know I have turned alot of my worries over to you and they were answer. Thank you for always been there waiting for us to called on you.Thank you Uchenna for giving us such an eye opener on worry.We fall in a trap to hold on instead of letting go.

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