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The Emotional Rag of Anxiety

 

SERIES: Take off Those RAGS

 

Colossians 3:12 GNV

12  You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

 

Matthew 6:24-34 NIV

24  “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

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.

 

Worry                                                       Concern

DESTRUCTIVE                                         CONSTRUCTIVE

Fears the WORST                                  Hopes for and prepares for the BEST

FOREBODES about the future          Focuses on GOD in the future

 

The five things Jesus says do not worry about:

1.   FINANCES (v. 24)

2.   FOOD (v. 25)

3.   FITNESS (v. 27)

4.   FASHIONS (v. 28)

5.   FUTURE (v. 34)

 

I.             The SINFULNESS of worry

It is saying you BELIEVE in God but living as though God does not EXIST.

 

II.           The STUPIDITY of worry

A.    Worry is UNHELPFUL

B.      Worry is UNHEALTHY

Proverbs 12:25 NIV – An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

 

C.    Worry is UNNECESSARY

 

University of Michigan study on worry:

·         60% of all worries are GROUNDLESS.

·         20% of all worries are out of our CONTROL.

·         10% of all worries are PETTY

·         7 % of are worries we can FIX.

·         3% of are worries are LEGITIMATE.

 

III.          The SOLUTION to worry

A.    Put God FIRST in your LIFE

Matthew 6:32-33 LBT32 For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, 33 and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.

 

B.      Live ONE DAY at a time (v. 34)

Matthew 6:11 NIV – Give us today our daily bread.

 

C.    Do what you CAN and trust God to do what you CANT  (v. 30)

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:32 LBT – Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?

1 Peter 5:7 NIV – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV – He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

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