Summary: Christians should be able to cast ALL of their cares on God.
Let us start off by defining what I mean by worry.
A. The bible doesn’t even use the word, “worry”...it
uses the words, “careful”, or “cares”.
1. The Greek word that is used is the word
merimnao - merimnaw.
a. The definition for this word is: to be
2. There is a time and place for genuine and
real concern but a Christian should not allow
anxiety to set in.
We have an old English meaning for the word, “worry” which,
even though it has passed out of use, it gives us the best definition
of what the word really means:
A. They used to speak of a dog “worrying” his prey,
or a person “worrying” his sore that had scabbed
1. It means to keep on messing with it...to keep
bringing it back up...something that has your
attention that you should leave alone.
It’s perfectly permissible to be concerned with the fact that you
don’t have enough money to pay the bills, but it turns into an
illegitimate worry when the solution to the problem starts to
consume an unrealistic amount of your time and energy.
Let us take a look at a passage in which Christ addressed the idea
A. It may be hard to put into practice, but it still is the
best advice that we could ever have on the subject
In the time that we have left I would like to address some remedies
I. Do not borrow worry...there are plenty of problems to
deal with and if we worry about each one that comes
along, we will soon be consumed with worry.
(Matt. 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is
its own trouble.
A. There are a multitude of things out there that can
consume us, if we let them:
1. Our health.
2. The things that we own.
3. The fear of accidents.
5. Criticism from others.
** Just know this...WORRY IS COMPLETELY
B. Some would say, “It helps me be better prepared
for the bad that might come my way”.
1. In truth, it does not prepare you for reality.
a. When we worry about what might
happen, we worry in the “worst case
1.) Think about the things that you
have worried about in the past...
did they turn out as terrible as you
a.) Probably not...worry
can really change
(Luke 21:34 - “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be
weighed down with...(the) cares of this life...”)
** In short, worry is a negative...it has no positive benefits...
and it goes against everything that the Lord, Jesus Christ
II. I’ve already touched on it in my last point, but let me
expand on the subject...NOTHING IS
ACCOMPLISHED BY WORRY (Matt. 6:26-33)
A. Let us just realize a truism...The past is gone and
the future is not even a reality.
1. We may be worrying about something in the
future that may never touch us.
a. It is possible that situations will change
and what we think is going to happen
b. It is also quite possible that we may not
live another day.
(James 4:14 - “Whereas you do not know what will happen
tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears
for a little time and then vanishes away.)