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Summary: Instead of worrying we should place our faith and trust in God.

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A Messiah Who Provides

Text: Matt. 6:25-34

Introduction

1. Illustration: Corrie Ten Boom spoke of the unraveling effects of worry, when she said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it empties today of it’s strength.”

2. The Mayo Clinic claims that 80-85% of their total caseload is due directly to worry and anxiety.

3. Jesus tells us not to worry because He will provide for us. He does so because:

a. He values us

b. He cares about us

c. He has a purpose for us

4. Read Matt. 6:25-34

Proposition: Instead of worrying we should place our faith and trust in God.

Transition: We need to recognize that Jesus...

I. Provides Because He Values Us (25-27).

A. Far More Valuable to Him

1. Jesus assures us that he is in control when he says, “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?"

a. He doesn’t just tell us not to worry, but gives a good reason why we shouldn’t worry.

b. That is why I tell you refers back to the previous verse, in which Jesus declares that a Christian’s only Master is God.

c. He is therefore saying, "Because God is your Master, I tell you not to worry" (The - MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Matthew 1-7).

d. God is not only the Master of you, but he is master of the universe and everything is in his control.

e. In the Greek, the command do not worry includes the idea of stopping what is already being done. In other words, we are to stop worrying and never start it again.

2. Furthermore, it’s not just the big issues of life that we shouldn’t worry about, but every aspect of our lives should be free from worry.

a. Everyday life makes the command all-inclusive.

b. The word life is a comprehensive term that encompasses all of a person’s being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Jesus is referring to life in its fullest possible sense.

c. Absolutely nothing in any aspect of our lives, internal or external, justifies our worrying when we have the Master we do.

d. Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other.

e. You heard me correctly, worry is a sin! "Worry is practical atheism and an affront to God" (Mounce, 58).

f. The English term worry comes from an old German word meaning to strangle, or choke.

g. That is exactly what worry does; it is a kind of mental and emotional strangulation, which probably causes more mental and physical afflictions than any other single cause (The - MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Matthew 1-7).

3. The needs that Jesus mentions here are the most basic—what we eat, what we drink, and what we put on.

a. Throughout Bible times, food and water could seldom be taken for granted.

b. When there was little snow in the mountains there was little water in the rivers, and inadequate rainfall was frequent.

c. Shortage of water naturally brought shortage of food, which seriously affected the whole economy and made clothes harder to buy.


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David Barsky

commented on Aug 19, 2009

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