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Summary: Why do so many people worry about the things they need? Here’s a sermon to address that problem!

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NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THINGS!

MATTHEW 6:19-34

[19] Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

[20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

[21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

[22] The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

[23] But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

[24] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

[25] Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

[26] Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

[27] Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

[28] And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

[29] And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

[30] Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

[31] Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

[32] (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

[33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

[34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The words of Jesus in this text

are designed to set at rest our worries and concerns

for the things pertaining to our bodies.

He does not want us to be fretful.

He wants us to be trustful.

He does not want us to focus on earthly things.

Jesus wants us to focus on heavenly things.

Transition:

I want to tell you about Alice Tracy.

Alice was a widowed mother

who was trying to raise her two children.

She struggled to be a good parent

and worked long and hard to make ends meet.

It seemed that she was always having to come up with money

for shoes…or clothing…or school supplies.

But she did not worry and fret about these things.

Alice had learned some valuable lessons.

The lessons she learned are lessons we ought to learn.

They consist of 4 reasons we ought not worry about things.

Here’s reason #1:

MATERIAL THINGS ARE TEMPORARY:

Look again at Verses 19-21:


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