Summary: Are you a worrier or a warrior? The choice is up to you. Choose wisely because it affects the rest of your life.
Title: Fear vs. Faith – 9
“Worrier or Warrior”
Text: Matthew 6:25-34
Matthew 6:25-34, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
In our text we find the word “worry” 6 times. Jesus is trying to constantly remind us in this passage that we have NO reason to worry. He tells us not to worry about today, not to worry about yesterday and stop worrying about tomorrow. All these things will take care of themselves. I want to ask you the question, “Are you a worrier or a warrior?” We are going to talk a little more about this as time goes on this evening.
➢ Researchers have found that 40% of the things we worry about never happen. 30% are in the past and cannot be helped. 12% of our worry involves the affairs of other and are not even our business. 10% relates to sickness, real or imagined. That leaves only 8% of things we worry about that are even likely to happen.
➢ The Wall Street Journal published an article about the “worry gene” scientists have discovered. Research scientists from Yale have identified a worry gene that may contribute to chronic worry. It is a gene inherited from one’s parents. Yet, even these researchers conclude that having inherited a worry gene does not mean you cannot overcome worry!
The fact is: you don’t have to live with anxiety and worry.
➢ “Worry is a low-grade fear. It is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.”
In most cases, according to statistics, what we worry about does not happen. The “trouble” that we stew over just never comes to pass. How do I become a warrior and not a worrier?
I. STOP ALL THE COMMOTION
Some may be thinking, what does he mean by that? Well what I mean is stop blowing things out of proportion. Stop getting yourself all worked up about things that really don’t matter in light of eternity. Don’t allow the circumstances of your life to control your emotions, to make you angry, to get you all worked up.