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Summary: Sermon describes what worry does to a believer by reminding us.that when we worry we Destroy God's Temple, Distrust God's Word and Delay God's Peace.

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A WISE WORD TO THE WORRIED

Dr. David L. Lane

TEXT: Phil. 4:6,7

I N T R O D U C T I O N

The biography of multitudes of people today is hurry, worry and bury. Therefore, the ulcer and the heart attack seem to have become the status symbols of our time as people live desperately without peace.

Whether we know worry as an occasional visitor or a constant companion, whether we find anxiety to be mildly uncomfortable or intensely painful, whether we experience worry as a slight distraction or a force that completely immobilizes, we all know we should worry less.

We know we shouldn’t, but yet we do. Some people worry over the big things, some worry over the little things, but we all worry. .[1] As someone said, “I have so many troubles that if anything happens to me today it will be two weeks before I can get around to worrying about it.”

“If we don’t have a job, we worry. If we do have a job, we worry about losing it. If we don’t have a car, we worry. If we do have a car, we worry about it breaking down. If we don’t have any money, we worry. If we do have some money, we worry about losing it."

• The ignorant worry because they don’t know enough.

• The knowledgeable worry because they know too much.

• The rich worry because they are afraid of losing what they have.

• The poor worry because they don’t have enough.

• The old worry because they are facing death.

• The young worry because they are facing life.

• Parents worry about the children they have

• Childless couples worry about the children they don’t have

• Single people worry if they will ever get married

• Married people worry about being married

You see, worry is an integral part of humanity. Ever since Adam and Eve started their worry about being naked, sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness and hid in the bushes to avoid being questioned or punished by God, it has been an integral part of human nature.

The truth is, most of us need an anxiety makeover. The Good News for us today is this: God can help us to manage our anxiety Worry doesn’t have to dominate and destroy our lives.

We can attack worry and stress from a human perspective or from the spiritual perspective. The human perspective, which can help, says: get some exercise, get enough sleep, listen to good music that calms (not creates confusion and chaos), stay away from negative and nasty people (they drag you down even more), and learn to laugh (don’t sweat the small stuff - laugh at it.)

The spiritual perspective says that we must look to the Lord in order to overcome worry and stress.

I. WHEN WE WORRY WE DESTROY GOD'S TEMPLE.

Worry does not help, rather it hurts us physcially!

Not only does worry not help, it often has the opposite effect.

• Worry about losing your hair?. Worry will only accelerate the process. It won’t add a single hair to your head.

• Worry about getting sick? Worry will suppress your immune system and makes it more likely that you will get sick. It won’t make you healthier.


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