Wait to Worry

SERIES – How to Stand Strong When Things Go Wrong

Philippians 4:5 KJV

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Philippians 4:6-9 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     Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8     And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

9     Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Peace is the conscience possession of adequate resources.

2 Corinthians 11:23-33 NLT23 Are they servants of Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served him far more! I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 28 Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger? 30 If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am. 31 God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, who is worthy of eternal praise, knows I am not lying. 32 When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me. 33 I had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape from him.

Philippians 4:13 NLT – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Sources worry comes from:

  1. Trusting in one’s self
  2. Building a life without God
  3. Not knowing the presence and activity of God in one’s life.

I. Never be stressful

Philippians 4:4 NLT – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Worry is:

  • Unreasonable

Matthew 6:25 NLT – That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

  • Unnatural

Mathew 6:26, 28-29 NLT26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

  • Unhelpful

Proverbs 12:25 NLT – Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

  • Unnecessary

Matthew 6:30 NLT – And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

Things we worry about:

40% of the things that never happen

30% about the past we could not change

12% about what people think

10% about our health

8% about problems we will face

Don’t live in the might; live in the moment.

Philippians 4:19 NLT – And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

  • Un-Christian

Matthew 6:31-32 NLT31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

II. Always be prayerful

Turn your cares into prayers.

Romans 15:30-33 NLT30 Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. 31 Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation I am taking to Jerusalem. 32 Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other. 33 And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.

Prayer decreases you and increases God.

Prayer transfers my will be done to thy will be done.

Prayer:

  • Pulls you through stumps.
  • Lifts you above your bumps.
  • Draws you out of your dumps.

III. Consistently be thankful

Peace in it is knowing three things:

  1. God is in control
  2. God will provide
  3. God will never abandon us

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