Friday, June 18, 2010

To Worry or not To Worry?

To Worry or not To Worry?

Mat 6:25-34

What is worry?
a. Worry is to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing, thoughts; fret
b. Worry is to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
c. Worry or anxiety is currently the number-one mental health disorder in America according Dr. Minirth and Meir in their book Worry Free Living.  

What do people worry about?
a. Food, Shelter and Clothing  Mat 6:25-34
b. Health or Sickness – Noble worry about his dying son – John 4:19
c. Sleepless worry for friend  - King Darius worry about Daniel after he was tricked into putting Daniel in lion's den  - Daniel 6:18
d. Worldly worry -  Mary and Martha   Luke 10:38 – 42

Why do we or people worry?
a. Fear of unknown outcome -
b. Lack of faith in God  - Disciple in the boat with Jesus
c. I think it's a defense mechanism that is built in us to warn us about the possible problem so we can do something about it.  The problem is when we worry but do nothing about it or when we can't do anything about it but still keep worrying to the detriment of our health.

What is the danger of worrying? Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually?
a. Stress which lead to health problem such indigestion, as high blood pressure and stroke.  32 yrs study show men who worry were 4 ½ time likely to have heart attack then worry free counterpart.
b. Emotionally imbalance can cause communication problem which lead relationship problem – we can't give an undivided attention to our family because our mind is in the thing we worry about.  
c. Worry is a sin because we do not trust God. We take ownership of the problem instead of relying on God to help us after we turn it over to Him.  The bible tells us not to worry

How do we stop worrying?
a. We must remember that worrying is choosing not to trust God.  
b. We need to understand how harmful worry can become in our life
c. Instead of worrying about what we can't do, we need to focus on what God can do
d. We need to keep things in proper perspective
e. We need to replace worry with prayer
f. God's peace can replace worry

Mat 6:25-34 (NIV) 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? 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? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 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? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) 6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7  If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 37:1-11 (NLT) A psalm of David. Don't worry about the wicked. Don't envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away. Like springtime flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
In a little while, the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone.
Those who are gentle and lowly will possess the land; they will live in prosperous security.

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