Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Matthew 6:25-34 –– Worry 2

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Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on.  Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? Psalms 39:5-7  And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.  Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.  I Kings 10:4-7   But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?  For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.  But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.  So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. 
–– Matthew 6:25-34 Amplified Bible
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 that surpasses all understanding, will guard your minds in Christ Jesus.  
–– Philippians 4:6-7
And my God will fulfill your every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
–– Philippians 4:19
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Worry is very common in our time.  Apparently, it was also common during the time that Jesus walked on earth as well. One of the problems with worry is that it doesn't seem all that harmful.  We will say of ourself, "Oh, I'm just the worrying type."  We will say of someone else, "He is just a worry-wart."  We tolerate it in ourselves and we tolerate this behavior in others. Worry is harmful, it is very harmful.  It  will destroy our motivation, it will diminish our joy.  One can allow worry to fill their day and to obsess all their thoughts. Worry can fill your night and make sleep difficult or impossible.
Worry is a common temptation in life.  Worry is something I struggle with. We tell ourselves we are just worrying about the basics, the essentials of life.  We are don't worry about the extras, things we do don't really need.  Jesus quite clearly tell us that worry is a sin.  Even worrying over the basics in wrong. MacArthur writes: The Christian who worries is really saying, “God, I know You mean well by what You say, but I’m not sure You can pull it off.”  Anxiety is blatant distrust of the power and love of God. In spite of its lack of subtlety, we fall into it so easily and so often.
Jesus covers all the essential areas in life that worry can invade.  We are not to worry about our food or drink, our body or health, our clothing.  Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. Matthew 6: 25  Worrying about these things keeps us from enjoying the many things that God has already blessed us with. Praise the Lord for his blessings.  Thank Him for all He has provided for us.
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Worry causes us to forget our worth. Take a look at God's creation.  The birds do not sow or reap, but God takes care of them. Matthew 6:26   Birds are not just lounging around.  They don't sit on their perch all day. The adult bird does not stay in the nest with his beak open waiting for food.  God takes care of them and they don't worry about their future. Birds do not have the ability to reason.  They don't decide to store up worms, bugs or seeds.  They don't decide to build a bigger and better nest than their neighbor.  They don't decide to stay at home some years rather than migrate with the others of their kind. Birds  remain busy and work hard  to survive. God created birds with the abilities and instincts they need to find food, build nests, and to due all things necessary for their survival.  God takes care of them.  Birds cannot worry, and they have no reason to worry.  If birds do not worry, why should we! Jesus said "Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.  But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows." 
Matthew 10:29–31
There are more than 8,000 species of birds on the earth.  There are bird of all kinds. There are water birds, shore birds and woodland birds.  There are big birds like the ostrich, and tiny birds like the humming birds.  There are birds that swim and dive, birds that fly and soar on the winds, and some birds that cannot fly at all.  There are birds that live in the desert, birds that live in the Antarctic, and some birds that stay at sea and rarely venture onto dry land. With all the diversity of birds, God cares for them all.  Yet with all their numbers and beauty - Jesus did not die for a single one of them.  Jesus died for us. Jesus finds us more worthy than birds. How could we forget our unmerited value in God's sight.
  • Worry keeps you from enjoying what you have.
  • Worry makes you forget your worth.  *
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A child does not worry all day long whether his house will be there when he gets home from school or whether his parents will have a meal for him that evening. Children do not worry about such things, because they trust their parents. In the same way, we as Christians should trust our heavenly Father to supply what is best for us.
* From You and your Problems - Chuck Swindoll

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