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Summary: As we experience an economic meltdown, we yet have the promises of God, that he would supply our needs.

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No Need to Worry

(Luke 12:22-34) 22 Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 32 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

6:25-34.

If people occupy themselves with the things of God, (The True Master - A person having authority, power, and control over the actions of other people) How will he care for his ordinary needs in life, things such as, 1) Food 2) Clothing, and 3) Shelter

The Pharisees pursued material things and they had never learned to live by faith. Jesus told them and us not to worry about these things, for life is more important than physical things. He cited several illustrations to prove His point.

1) The birds are fed because they diligently work to maintain their lives. They do not store up great amounts of food, but continually work.

2) The lilies of the field grow in such a way that their splendor is greater than even Solomon’s.

Jesus was saying God has built into His Creation the means by which all things are cared for. And believers are far more valuable to God than birds! The lilies grow daily through a natural process. Therefore an individual need not be anxious about his existence (Matt 6:31), for by worrying he can never add any amount of time, not even a single hour, to his life. Rather than being like the pagans who are concerned about physical needs, the Lord’s disciples should be concerned about the things of God, His kingdom and His righteousness. Then all these needs will be supplied in God’s timing. This is the life of daily faith.

It does no good to worry - do not worry or be concerned about tomorrow for there are sufficient matters to attend to each day. Worrying shows that one has "little faith" in what God can do. As a disciple care each day for the things God has trusted you to, God, his heavenly Father, cares for our daily needs.


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