Summary: It is not in God's plan for His people to worry.

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Winning Against Worry

Matthew 6:25-6:34


A sermon about "Worry" on Mother’s Day! (How fitting)

If you’re a Momma, Worry is part of the territory, in the cup of motherhood.

a One of favorite cartoons is "Dennis The Menace" and in this cartoon he’s sitting in the corner and he’s looking over his shoulder and he asks his mother, "If your tryin’ to raise me right, how come I keep gett’in so much trouble?

b Worry is a part of motherhood, "passing school, Proms, ACTS, SATS, GED, Graduation.....Will they ever leave?"

Mothers have not yet cornered the market on worry however.

a I know people who live IN the city of Worryville. They stay worried.

"What if this, What if that...worst case scenario"

b Before we take a close look at worry, I want to give two simple disclaimers....

(1) "Don’t Worry" doesn’t mean don’t plan.

*Jesus spent his whole ministry planning for when he would be crucified, resurrected and ascending back to heaven. Prepared his disciples. "Don’t build the high-rise until you’ve done the paper work.

*It’s not a sin to have life insurance or plan for retirement.6

(2) "Don’t Worry" doesn’t mean don’t be concerned.

*Bobby McFarlene had a big hit "Don’t Worry, Be Happy." FORGET ABOUT IT. If your not concerned about your kid wandering into traffic, you’re a terrible parent. There are things you need to be concerned about. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAREFREE AND CARLESS.

*Concern is attached to the present. Worry is attached to the future. We can take action on the present, the future is out of our hands.

Let’s look at winning against worry

A Jesus told his followers how to deal with worry. (ETS)

1. Worry is a giant that can be defeated.

2. I hope you’ll use the tools to work over your worry this week.

B Let’s look at what worry is all about.

a Pray

I Facing The Giant Of Worry

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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

A Worry Is....inconsistent.

a Who made you? Who established the requirements-food, shelter, clothing? GOD!

*If you buy into the idea that God is your creator, you gotta buy into the idea that God is also your sustainer.

b If you believe God is your creator, but can’t provide......your inconsistent.

[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?

B Worry is....irrational. (God can provide, but will He?)

a A bird was worth (1/16th of denari..a day’s wage.)

Merge this Matthew text with Luke 12:6

[6] Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. [7] Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

*You can buy 2 for 1 cent or 5 for 2 cents. (You buy get one free!)

*God cares about even the bird that had no worth at all!

b The hairs on you head are kept track of on some database in heaven.

[27] Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Cubit to his stature) KJV

C Worry is....ineffective.

a Jesus is dealing with measurements. (Cubits, hours, coins, hair, sparrow)

*Cubit was 18’, the length a forearm in Noah’s day.

*Were talking about days, not inches. Futures not forarms.

b Worry doesn’t change tomorrow.

(IL.) A mouse living in a cage with a wheel will travel 9,000 miles in his lifetime....and he’s still in the cage! Worry is that same way. You can worry 24/7 and guess what...your still in the cage.

"Worrying doesn’t rob tomorrow of it’s sorrow, it robs today of it’s strength."

6:28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. [29] Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. [30] If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

D Worry is....illogical. (Solomon drove every girl crazy because he was a sharped dressed man. Yet he didn’t compare to the beauty of lily.)

1. A lily never worked one hour of over-time, paid a due,

suffered anxiety...nothing but looked up.

*God created the lily for YOUR pleasure. You were made in HIS image. *To God you are so much more important than a lily that loses it’s pedals and fades within a season.

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