Summary: Let us hear from the mouth of our most reliable Friend, Jesus.... On HOW TO MAKE AN OPEN WAR WITH WORRY and come out of that battle victorious. It all starts in the mind. The battleground is on the mind.
We are tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. Human reasoning produces doubt, doubt produces fear, and fear produces anxiety.... That is why we worry a lot! The good news is that God wants us to pass the tests of life, so He never allows the tests and the anxieties and worries we face to be greater than the grace He gives.
God is good all thetime.
Great day is ahead to all who hopes in the Lord. HE IS FAITHFUL!
Of all God’s creation, we are the only one that worries... that asks ‘why?’ We all knew that Life cannot be lived free from all sense of anxiety and concern... we worry about things that have already happened. WORRYING ABOUT THE PAST is like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. Past deeds cannot be undone, or past words unsaid. If the past involves sin, obey the conditions of pardon and God will abundantly forgive.In Isaiah 55:6 it says; “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; In verse 7 “let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. When God forgives you, forgive yourself! FORGIVE YOURSELF. Period.
People WORRY OVER THINGS THAT WILL INEVITABLY HAPPEN.
Some worry that their children will marry. Most of them will eventually marry. If that happens, then let it happen! Marriage is honorable (Heb. 13:4) Men & women were created for marriage anyway! (Gen. 2:24). Some worry about dying — but we will all die, anyway! (Heb. 9:27). Some worry about growing old — but we grow old anyway! whether we like it not. Though we try, it is unescapable. We may postpone it, but it can not be avoided... in the days of Adam the average life span is 900+ years! After the Flood, life spans dropped quickly. Noah's son Shem lived to be 600 (Genesis 11:10-11). The next three generations died in their 400s (Genesis 11:12-19). But six generations later, Abraham died at 175. So, Adam was 930; ten generations later, Noah was 950; ten generations later, Abraham was 175 (Genesis 25:7). Our shortened lifespan today is a blessing. A good man could accomplish great things in 900 years, but Genesis 6 illustrates that long life doesn't equate to a good heart. An evil man with 900 years to device a scheme can do an incredible amount of damage—so much so that God saw fit to destroy the entire world. As God protected fallen man from living forever in Genesis 3:22, He protected us from living long enough to sin as badly as the generations in Genesis had!
Some people WORRY ABOUT THINGS THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. Mark Twain once said, “I have worried over a great many things in life, the most of which never happened.” Surveys have shown that 80% of the things we worry about never happen.
Today, let us talk about our own worst enemy! Worry.
And let us hear from the mouth of our most reliable Friend, Jesus....
HOW TO MAKE AN OPEN WAR WITH WORRY and come out of that battle victorious. He had paved the Way to Truth and a meaningful Life that we might enjoy our Christian living a relishing one, and truly abundant!
Matthew 6:25 “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.
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. (NIV)
(You have God as a Father in Jesus)
“...and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
No man can come to the Father except through Jesus. And no one can come to Jesus unless His Father who sent Him draws them to Jesus.
John 6:44 (NLT) God knows who are His....
Every member of the family of God becomes a child of a heavenly Father when he is born again. They are those “which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Until we have been born again, we are not members of the family of God. Though God is the Father of all by creation, God is not our spiritual Father until we are his children. We can be children of the heavenly Father by placing our trust in Jesus Christ and receiving Him as our Savior by faith. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).