Thursday, March 21, 2013

Matthew 6:25-34 - Worry 4


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“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to 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? 
“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? 
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 
 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,  yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 
 “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! 
 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." 

–– Matthew 6:25-34
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When the times get tough, it is easy to worry and forget the promises of God.  We the forget the promises of God and ask: ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ We allow the promises of God to fade from our minds and choose instead to worry.

“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:32-34  The unconverted, non-Christians, accumulate all kinds of material things. They worry about food, and clothing as though these thing were the most important things in life.

Christians have a heavenly Father who knows their basic needs. If Christians make their goal to provide in advance for all their needs, it would consume them and monopolize all of their time. There would be no time left in their lives for God. They would be constantly worrying about inflation, market collapse, prolonged illnesses, or many other catastrophes. The purpose for which we were created is to glorify God. If we focus on material possessions, God would be robbed of our service to Him.  Matthew 6:24  You cannot serve two masters. You must choose to worship God or money.


It is fine to do wise planning, but if after doing all that you are able to do, you still find yourself fearful of the future That is not right, not healthy, not Christian.  We as Christians can not secure our own future. Jesus says, “Don’t worry.”  He promised to provide all your needs, and He will: “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”  (Phil. 4:19). You need not worry.  God will take care of you.

Jesus puts it all in proper perspective for us. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34  We are to seek salvation. As Christians we are to trust in God's sovereign rule. This is to be our priority. As we seek God and His salvation the fullness of God's blessing will be manifested in our lives. Worry is inconsistent with trusting in a sovereign God. God will meet all the needs of those who are His own.  He promises that we will never lack for what He knows we need. Don't worry about tomorrow. Live one day at a time always trusting in God. This is the antidote for worry.


Worry keeps you from enjoying what you have.
Worry makes you forget your worth.
Worry is totally useless.
Worry erases the promises of God from your mind.
Worry is the characteristic of unbelievers, not Christians. *

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Knowing that God is faithful, really helps me to not be captivated by worry. But knowing that He will do what He has said, He will cause it to happen, whatever He has promised, and then it causes me to be less involved in worrying about a situation.
– Josh McDowell



* From You and Your Problems - Chuck Swindoll


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