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190811-stop-worrying

Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

What is Worry?

  1. A feeling of concern about something bad that might happen: the state or condition of worrying about something.
  2. A mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated

(Merriam Webster Dictionary)

 

To Worry is to:

  1. Think about problems or fears: to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
  2. Feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems (Oxford Dictionary)
  3. Think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened (Cambridge Dictionary)

 

Is Worry good?  Obviously NOT, especially when it becomes excessive, persistent and uncontrollable.

Will worry solve problems? NO!

  1. You will become the problem.
  2. You will feel drained, discouraged, demotivated, depressed, distressed, and disheartened.
  3. You will end up spending physical, mental and emotional energy on things you can’t change or on things that will never happen.

 

What do people worry about?

Health, wealth, resources, possessions, family, career, position, reputation, relationship, what other people think, what the future holds, where will they spend eternity, etc.

 

How will worry affect your life?

  • Mentally
    • Leads to tension, anxiety and depression
    • Makes it difficult to concentrate at home, work, school, camp
    • Affects your job performance and lifestyle
    • Drives you to self-medicate with drugs, suppressants, alcohol, etc
  • Emotionally
    • Leaves you feeling scared, restless, nervous and jumpy
    • Causes you to lash out at people closest to you (family, friends, colleagues, etc.)
  • Physically
    • Makes you feel weak and sickly
    • Suppresses your immune system leading to muscle tension, memory loss, insomnia, headaches, loss of appetite, stomach problems, digestive issues, heart diseases, heart attack, etc.
  • Spiritually
    • Cuts you off from fellowship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    • Makes you a target for demonic attacks and invasions
  • Socially
    • Leaves you feeling isolated and lonely
    • Causes you to zonk out in front of TV, computer, telephone screens
    • Cuts you off from fellowship with family members and friends

 

Western-trained doctors, Chinese physicians, psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that worry is bad for you. But what does God say about worry?

  1. Worry is Disobedience (vv.25-29)
  2. Worry is Distrust (vv.30-34)

 

What does God say about worry? Don’t Do It! STOP it!

Why must we stop worrying?

  1. Worry is the opposite of faith
  2. Worry hurts us, others and God

By worrying, we tell God:

  1. We don’t believe Him
  2. We don’t trust Him
  3. We don’t have faith in His care and ability

 

In Matt. 6:25-34, Jesus reminds us of this important truth and promise:

The God, who cares for the birds and flowers, will take care of you too.

Why? Because you belong to Him, and you are special and precious to Him.

 

How to stop worrying?

1. FOCUS

Keep your eye on the:

  1. Principal object of your faith = Jesus (v.25) – I
    • the Supreme Being, the Creator Deity, the Almighty God
    • the Omniscient (all-knowing), Omnipotent (all-powerful), Omnipresent (all-present) God
    • the God who can do exceedingly abundantly more than what you can ask, think or imagine (Eph 3:20)
  2. Promise (v.25) – Tell
    • Meditate on the promises of God
  3. Particular subject / person (v.25) – You
    • You are His precious child
  4. Present (today) (v.34) – Don’t worry about tomorrow

If you lose you focus, you will lose your way.

 

2. PRAY

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

  1. Talk to Jeuss
  2. Thank and praise Him
  3. Take His peace (Phil 4:7)
    • Exchange your worry for His peace

 

3. Cast

Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you (1 Pet 5:7)

  1. Give Him all your worries and anxieties
  2. Lay all your burdens at His feet
  3. Leave them with Him permanently

 

How to stop worrying?

  1. FOCUS – keep your eye on Jesus, His promise and His counsel
  2. PRAY – about everything with thanksgiving
  3. CAST – all your cares, worries and anxieties to Him

Result:

  1. He will undertake for you
  2. His peace will guard your heart and mind
  3. You will be alert and sober minded

 

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8–11)

 

His Challenge: Come to Me, all you who are weary and heave laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28)

His Command: STOP Worrying.

 

What must you do today?

  1. FOCUS – keep your eye on Jesus, His promise and command
  2. PRAY – about everything with thanksgiving
  3. CAST – all your cares, worries and anxieties to Him

 

Exchange your worries for His peace today!

Believe and trust Him for your miracle!

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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