Monday, January 9, 2012


Worry is defined as “a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.” It is a common and popular sin, despite the fact that is can lead to a wide array of spiritual, physical, and emotional difficulties. Worry reflects a lack of trust in God and His ability or desire to care for us—it therefore tends to undermine the intimacy of our fellowship and credibility of our witness. Jesus spoke to the problem in depth in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:24-35).

There are at least 10 reasons given to refrain from worry. Here they are:

1. God commands us not to worry.
2. There is more to life than the concerns we tend to worry about.
3. God takes care of the birds—and you are of more value than they are.
4. God beautifully arrays the lilies of the field—though they expend no effort.
5. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything.
6. To worry--being preoccupied with earthly concerns-is to live no different than the unsaved.
7. Instead of worrying about earthly concerns, be concerned about His kingdom and His righteousness
8. God knows your needs.
9. Don’t borrow, by worrying, from tomorrow’s troubles.
10. Instead of worrying—pray (Matthew 6:8-14; Philippians 4:6-7).

John Newton, “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”

The words below, from an old song, by B.J. Thomas, put things in right perspective:

He's got it all in control
He's got it all in control
He's put that reassurance
Way down in my soul
He's got it all in control

I've put my life in His hands
I've put my life in His hands
So every road I walk down
I'm sure is in His plan
'Cause I've put my life in His hands

He holds the stars in the sky
He holds the land back from the sea
If He can do all of that
Surely he can take care
Of you and me

Pastor Jerry

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