Text: Matthew 6:34 (HCSB)
“Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 (HCSB)
Intro: The believer is not to be preoccupied with tomorrow and its affairs. He or she is to seek God's kingdom and His righteousness today, and leave tomorrow and its needs in God's hands.
Christ is not forbidding a man to take care of tomorrow. He is striking at man's obsession with getting more and more and ignoring and neglecting God and His righteousness.
Application: Don’t worry about your life!
Thought: Greek word – merimnaō
There are five attitudes about the future.
1. A no-care, worldly attitude:
A no care worldly attitude is a person who eats, drinks, and is merry today, letting tomorrow take care of itself. This person has little concern for the future. They think it will take care of itself. Earthly pleasure, power, and fame are the major concerns of life. This attitude needs to get all they can now, while they can.
Luke 21:34 (HCSB) “Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly” The KJV uses the word surfeiting: (Overindulge)
This person just don’t get it and doesn’t care!
2. A fretful, anxious attitude:
This is the attitude that makes the person worry all the time, wondering if there secure and if they will have enough to take care of themselves and there family.
Illustration: Eye on the Sparrow: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will.
We worry too much. We follow the example of our earthly father Adam when he confessed to God, "I was afraid . . . and hid". We have become a fearful people, even though most of our fears are often unfounded or just plain silly, because we do not have our eyes on the sparrow.
One of the renderings for the term sparrow in Hebrew referred to small birds, and in Matthew the word probably refers to a small house sparrow. The birds were well known in Syria; they were small, tame and found everywhere. Because of their great number they were sold cheaply; five would go for one and one-half cents. The idea is that if God cares for something so inexpensive and small, then certainly He will care for and protect us!
Jesus always gives us the assurance, "I am with you always". Yet we continue to be afraid: Nuclear war, loss of health, serious accident, job loss, and a thousand other things. A Treasury of Bible Illustrations.
"Worry comes through human interference with the divine plan." "You cannot change the past, but you ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future." "Why worry when you can pray?" "Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due."
The story is told of the ship that was trapped in a severe storm at sea. All were preparing to abandon ship, all except one young lady who was playing with her dolls. When asked if she were not afraid, she calmly replied, "No, because my father is the captain."
When the storms of life seem to trap us, let us learn to keep our eyes upon the sparrow and to say, "I am not afraid because the Captain is my Father!"
We need to understand how harmful worry can become in our life. Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply. Worry may damage your health, cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts, disrupt your productivity, negatively affect the way you treat others, and reduce your ability to trust in God. How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing?
Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern—worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action. Instead of worrying about what we cannot do, we need to focus on what God can do. To "make the Kingdom of God your primary concern" means to turn to God first for help, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don't actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life.
3. A fearful, panicky attitude:
This attitude In the face of trial or failure, a person can barely function. Tragedy has hit: his job is lost, cutbacks have to be made, adjustments are needed. The strength and confidence to act and to continue on is lacking.
I believe this could be a phobia: any and everything is an excuse to be miserable. Nothing is going right and everything brings you down. Why is that? There is no real peace and the list is endless. I believe they need a Christostamy! I know that is not a word! What I am saying is they need Jesus! If there is power in the blood and I believe there is, then Jesus can fix this attitude!
4. A self-assured attitude:
This person has complete confidence in themselves and their ability. They know they can make out and take care of themselves in this world, and does it. But there is one thing that this person fails to see and it is fatal: the confidence that they have in themselves will end. They will die, and they will only have taken care of themselves for a few short years. They will find out that self-confidence cannot bridge the great gulf between heaven and earth, time and eternity, God and man.
James 4:13-17 (HCSB) “13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 14 You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. 15 Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So, for the person who knows to do good and doesn’t do it, it is a sin.”
5. A calm God-centered and trusting attitude:
This attitude is the correct attitude, this person goes about living and working ever so diligently and calmly, trusting God to take care of all. They do all they can about the necessities of life, both for themselves and for others, but they seek God and His righteousness first.
“Be careful for nothing.” When are you going to take that seriously? “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)
"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" Matthew 6:34
Conclusion: Nine Mistakes to Avoid
1. Remorse over yesterday's failure.
2. Anxiety over today's problems.
3. Worry over tomorrow's uncertainty.
4. Procrastination with one's present duty.
5. Resentment of another's success.
6. Criticism of a neighbor's imperfections.
7. Impatience with youth's imperfection.
8. Skepticism of our nation's future.
9. Unbelief in God's providence.
Do you need an attitude adjustment? Or are you experiencing true peace: True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Our citizenship in Christ's kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin. Let God's peace guard your heart against anxiety.
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