Do Not Be Anxious (Matthew 6:25-33)Darrell Hershberger, October 26, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrows, rather anxiety robbed today of it's strength.”
Do not be afraid is a command that appears in the scriptures, perhaps more often then any other command.
The sermon on the Mount is Christ's standard for the person living in the Kingdom of God today. When our goal in life is to glorify God we will desire to live by His guidelines. This brings security and we do not need to be overly anxious about the cares of this life.
Verse 26- The birds are dependent on God. They are not worried where their next meal comes from. They are cheerful. God provides for them.
God also takes care of us-our health, our family, our food and good marriage relations are all blessings from God because He wants to always give His best to us.
If God sees when even a sparrow dies, how much more is He concerned about us, His children, who will love eternally?
We glorify God most when we are aware of our total dependence on Him. We acknowledge our life is very fragile, our breath is a gift.
Food also is to be used with thankfulness and worship. One way we worship by sharing our food is being sensitive to those who are sick, older or who are blessed with a new baby.
Worry is useless! If we can do sometime to abbreviate anxiety we need too. Several examples were given: If I hear an unusual noise at night, get up and check it out! If I can't remember whether I locked the door, check it out! Don't imagine and become anxious.
God made the flowers, he draws attention to the lily. What is more lovely and beautiful than a pure white lily? God created beauty from the inside out. And so our lives are most beautiful when Christ shines from out hearts.
Modesty is to conceal. We experience peace, freedom and protection when we are modest and bring glory to our Father in heaven.
“Therefore do not be anxious...But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 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 which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious 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 arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)