Work Your Worries!

Matthew 6:25-34 NRSV
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your
life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not
life more than food, and the body more than
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow
nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of
more value than they?
27 And can any of you by worrying add a single
hour to your span of life?
28 And why do you worry about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was
not clothed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown
into the oven, will he not much more clothe
you—you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we
eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we
32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these
things; and indeed your heavenly Father
knows that you need all these things.
33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and
his righteousness, and all these things will be
given to you as well.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s
trouble is enough for today.
Philippians 4:4-8 NRSV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say,
5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.
6 Do not worry about anything, but in
everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever
is honorable, whatever is just, whatever
is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is
commendable, if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise, think
about these things.
1 Peter 5:6-11 NRSV
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the
mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt
you in due time.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he
cares for you.
8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring
lion your adversary the devil prowls around,
looking for someone to devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know
that your brothers and sisters in all the world
are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
10 And after you have suffered for a little while,
the God of all grace, who has called you to
his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore,
support, strengthen, and establish you.
11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
A changed o________ will change your o_______.
Worry detracts you from the ___________ so you
will do nothing to prepare for the ___________.
The word worry (merimnao) in the New Testament
means to be d___________ (anxious), d___________
or to have a d___________ mind.
Negative worry focuses on things we cannot
Positive worry is what results in to meaningful
___________ and ___________.
• Look to ___________.
• Look to God __________ the __________
• Look to God ___________ ___________
• Then you must ___________, ___________
and ___________.
• ___________ God ___________ on your
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV – Now to Him who is able to
do exceedingly abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power that works in

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