Worry

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Key Verses:

Matthew 6:25-34 (King James Version)

 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 Duet. 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

 Ruth 3:11

And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

      What is the one of the biggest sins that we as Christians commit? (Next to Gluttony)

Answer: Worry.

      We are all human, not one of us can sit here and say that we do not worry. If you can say that, then you are super human or super spiritual.  

Definition of Worry/Worried:

To feel uneasy or concerned about something.

To be troubled.

To cause to feel anxious, distressed or troubled.

Persistent mental uneasiness.

A source of nagging concern.
     

     Jesus declared, “I AM the bread of life,” Do you understand the impact of what he is truly saying? He is saying, “I will take care of all of your needs spiritually from now until the day you die.” He is our daily bread, just as we eat every morning, we need to partake of that bread. He will sustain us, and Jesus is saying, “I AM the bread of life.” I AM complete, sustaining nutrition for you spiritually. If you eat this bread and drink this cup, you’ll never thirst again.” As bread, Jesus promises satisfaction now and for eternity. Notice, “Never hungry,” He says, “Never thirst.” Do you really believe that, or are those words on a piece of paper?  

What is wrong with worrying???

 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Worry is disobedience:
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Worry is unbelief:
Matthew 6:25-34 (we read above)  25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Worry is a form of atheism:
Psalm 14:1). The person who worries is really saying, "THERE IS NO GOD who can handle my problems and take care of my life and my future." The one who worries, as well as the atheist, is a 
Fool (Psalm 14:1)
Worry can lead to physical problems:
Stomach ulcers and other physical problems can often result from needless worry and anxiety. Not only is worry spiritually unhealthy, but it is also physically unhealthy. Worry can never help us, but it can harm us.

Worry accomplishes nothing:
Matt 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

      So, my question is Why worry when nothing good comes from it? We are always scurrying, and hurrying, and what if’ing.

What if I get sick?

What if the diagnosis comes bad?

What if my wife leaves me?

What if I lose my job?

What if I can’t make the payment?

What if I do bad on the loan?

What if my child goes away?

What if my child gets in immoral relationships or gets pregnant?

What if my child decides he or she is gay?

What if?

     Have you ever what if’ed your way through life? If you what if your way through life, you really are not taking the Bread that sustains, the Bread of Life.

     If I’m what if’ing through life, I’m not trusting in the promise that Jesus gave, that he will take care of everything…. Do you want to end up like Mr. Worry?

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     The same God who commands us not to murder, lie, and steal also orders us, with equal force and authority, not to worry. This is a tough one for us because these other sins are external acts while worry is an internal emotion. Worry comes so naturally to us that we often do not even realize that we are doing it. The weight of worry can crush us, and, if we hope to avoid this, we must make it a habit of doing two things.

     First, we must focus on the faithfulness of God. Worry is attached to a fearful uncertainty of the future, and, when we worry, we are actually calling God’s future faithfulness into question. Yet, if anything can be established from Scripture, it is that God is always faithful to His people. In fact, the Bible declares that it is impossible for Him to be unfaithful (2 Timothy 2:13).

Second, we need to focus on the needs of others. It is amazing how quickly we forget about our own worries when we turn our attention to other people. By being others-centered, we turn from being self-centered, which is the catalyst for worry. God’s provision for what we worry about is often found as we help others. Do not forget that the disciples were each left with a basketful of bread after they had served the multitudes (John 6:13).

      Now, realizing that it is impossible for God to be unfaithful to us, why not praise him! Lift him up and thank him, and stop worrying for tomorrow and become others-centered….

          Said the robin to the sparrow, "I should really like to know Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so."

Said the sparrow to the robin, "Friend, I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me."

Trust God! Be Worry Free!

 Questions:

Name ways we can stop worrying

Name a time when you felt peace and did not worry over a problem and God took care of it?

How can we become others-centered instead of self-centered?

Note: I did this study for a House to House group about awhile ago and I cannot remember all the rescources that I used. I apprecitate all the information that a gleaned from those rescources and had I known I would use this study online, I would have referenced each.Thanks to those I did use.

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