WORRY NOT

SERIES: N Commandments

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Journey Church

 

  • “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune, most of which never happened.” – Michel de Montaigne
  • “Worry is interest paid on something you may never own.”
  • Study for Clinical Psychology & Psycotherapy medical journal asked participants to write down their worries over an extended period of time and identify which never happened = 85%

 

TEXT: Matthew 6:25-34 (737)

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

  • Worry is about later – worry is about the future
  • For Jesus’ audience that was food, drink, and clothing (subsistence culture)
  • Our worries for the future aren’t the same (tuition, marriage, family, job, finances, test results)
  • Jesus: Don’t worry, because all of your worries are about your future. And isn’t your life more than the things you worry about?
    • When we worry we equate life with the things we worry about

 

26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

 

27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

  • Jesus is asking: Do you trust that God can will take care of you?
  • In other words, does God have your future in mind?
  • Problem Jesus identifies: Trust – our confidence in God
  • We don’t wake up every day trusting that God will take care of us tomorrow.
    • So we reach out and drag tomorrow’s concerns into today.

 

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

  • Dominate the thoughts of unbelievers / “seek these things” / chase after – have no concept of a personal God who cares about them and for them
  • Question: What if you were absolutely confident that your heavenly Father knows what you need tomorrow?

 

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

  • Instead of seeking (running after) “these things”, run after the Kingdom of God
  • Worry is about chasing things that you can never get because they are in tomorrow
  • So seek first the Kingdom of God and all of those other things will be there when you need them.
  • When you’re tempted to borrow from tomorrow, look for ways to participate in what God is doing today

 

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

  • Jesus re-labels all of your worries with one word: tomorrow
  • Don’t worry because your Heavenly Father is with you today and He will meet you in tomorrow.

 

2 Questions:

  1. What if you really believe that?
  2. Why not believe that?

 

Just before His arrest, Jesus has to go over all of this again – because His followers are worried

 

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. – John 14:1 (823)

 

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. – John 14:27 (824)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (901)

 

Three applications:

  1. Begin your day declaring your trust.
    1. Prayer – begin day on your knees – if you get ahead of worry, you usually stay there
    2. Prayer is like worry in reverse. Worry magnifies, prayer shrinks

 

  1. Get in the habit of re-labeling your worry as tomorrow.
    1. I’m worried about tomorrow and God knows what I need tomorrow.

 

  1. When you begin to worry about tomorrow, look for a way to participate in what God is doing today.
    1. Worry should trigger Kingdom concerns, not our concerns
    2. Jesus: You worry about my Kingdom and I’ll take care of yours.

 

“We all like to feel like we are in control. We think if we worry about something, maybe we can prevent it from happening. The more we assume we are in control, the less we depend on God.” – Lysa Terkhurst, Who Holds the Key to Your Heart?

 

  • Worry not. When you’re tempted to borrow from tomorrow, look for ways to participate in what God is doing today.

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