Summary: Stop Worrying And Start Living! – sermon by Gordon Curley - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
The Problem of Worry:
Worry is unreasonable (vs 25)
Worry is undermining (vs 26)
Worry is unproductive (vs 27)
Worry is unreasonable (vs 30b-31).
Worry is unchristian (vs 32).
The Solution for worry:
Stop living for things and start living for God! (vs 33)
Stop living for tomorrow and enjoy today! (vs 34)
• A man went to see a psychologist regarding the fact he could not get to sleep at night.
• The reason for the man’s sleepless nights was worry.
• He was convinced that someone or something was under his bed.
• Well after many sessions with the psychologist the problem still persisted.
• No-one seemed able to help or cure him of this strange fear.
• One night he was having a pint with a friend in a pub;
• When all of a sudden his friend gave him the solution to his problems.
• The solution was very simple – “Why don’t you just cut the legs off your bed!”
• Problem sorted!
Transition: All people at some-time will experience worry:
• The things that worry you will probably not worry me,
• And the things that worry me may be very different to the things that worry you,
• But worry is a common experience that all of us experience at some time or other.
• Or to use substitute words, we will experience; ‘anxiety, burden, care, trouble, fear’.
• The Greek New Testament word for worry means: "To be divided or distracted".
• Worry works by getting at our minds and our emotions by distracting them:
• We want to think about one particular thing;
• But instead we keep on being distracted, to think on something else
• Our thoughts are divided:
• We cannot let go, we cannot forget about the problem or situation,
• And concentrate on something else.
• Our English word 'Worry' comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which means 'harm';
• It is another form of the word 'wolf’.
• Like a wolf mangles a sheep,
• So anxiety and worry is something that is harmful and damaging to us.
• Worry will so often sabotage a Christians faith:
• If we let it, then it will rob us of our peace and contentment in God!
• That in these verses Jesus isn’t giving us a suggestion.
• He isn’t saying, “Well, in my humble opinion, it might be a good idea not to worry!”
• No! In the original Greek, this is a strong command!
• “Do not worry!”
• “Prayer is an acknowledgment of faith; worry is a denial of faith.
• Prayer is putting my hand in God's, trusting to His loving guidance;
• Worry is withdrawing my hand, and denying His power to lead me.
• Prayer leads through the door of faith into the presence of God;
• Worry leads through the door of anxiety;
• Into the darkness of loneliness and discouragement.
• If prayer rules the life victory results.
• If worry rules the life then defeat will follow!”