Why Worry?

Why Worry?

Text:
Title: Why Worry?
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • A call at 4 am to hear Greg’s grandma had passed away
  • At lunch Laura heard her sister had passed away
  • – each day has it’s own trouble
  • These pressures of each day can be very heavy on us
  • In Jesus is telling us to not be anxious/worry but to trust
  • – We are told to not be anxious about anything
  • When we are told not to worry Jesus is telling us that there can be victory over anxiety and worry
  • We will have trouble, but we don’t have to worry
  • , Jesus is turning to his disciples after answering a man who wanted his inheritance divided up differently and is telling his disciples not to worry about such things

Sermon Notes:

Three ways to have victory over anxiety/worry

  • Remind yourself of your value before God  ()
    • “Consider” – take notes on what I am about to tell you
    • We tend to forget what God says when circumstances happen
    • Everybody hates Ravens, yet God takes care of them. God loves us much more than ravens.
    • Consider the lilies
      • God makes a beautiful lily that lasts for only a day
      • A lily is a beautiful flower that only sprouts for a day
      • We are much more valuable then the lilies, we don’t last for only a day we are clothed with righteousness and have eternal life forever.
  • Remember God knows what we need ()
    • God knows what our needs are, do we trust him?
    • God knows what we do not need, do we trust him with this?
    • God knows what we need better than ourselves.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.
    • Parents know what their children need (usually), God knows what we truly need.
  • Resolve in your heart to keep Jesus first ()
    • Anxiety is a heart issue.
    • “Seek” first His kingdom.
      • Not a casual glance
      • Seeking takes time and effort
    • To do this we need to set aside some things:
      • Our wants
      • Our desires
      • Our relationships
      • Our kids
      • Christ is first! ()

Application:

  • There is not a chemical solution to the spiritual problem of anxiety.
  • If Christ is good enough for our salvation, He is good enough for our worries.
  • We have everything we need in Christ, a Christian should not be overcome with anxiety that portrays a bad testimony to an unbelieving world.

Small Group Questions:

  • What is anxiety and how would one know if they are anxious?
  • What do you have anxiety over?
  • What do you treasure so much that if God were to take it away it would consume you and cause you to fall to pieces?
  • How does the value God places on us help us overcome the sin of anxiety?
  • shows that God knows what we need.  How does this help us overcome anxiety?
  • What is the difference between a need and a want? As Christian’s what needs to we have?
  • When we are anxious, how does it show that we are not resolving to keep Jesus first in our lives?
  • What steps will you take this week as a result of to overcome your anxiety?

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV)

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV)

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. (ESV)

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV)

21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)

34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV)

24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (ESV)

28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. (ESV)

10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine. (ESV)

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, (ESV)

31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV)

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (ESV)

28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. (ESV)

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV)