8.22.2018

Do not be anxious. TRUST!

Our shepherd was feeding different sheep on Sunday, so we enjoyed the preaching of another pastor. And he was wonderful! His message was fitting, timely, and one that can be referred to over and over again. "Rest to the Glory of God."
I wrote as fast and as detailed as I could make my hand move in order to record his words. I closed my notebook feeling encouraged, refreshed and praising God for His promise in Scripture,
"... for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5, 6

I hope you are encouraged by these truths!

➤ The Text: Matthew 6:25-34
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? 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?
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, 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. 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?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

➤ The Command (v. 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?
● the moment we try to take control (of anything), anxiety sets in - because - we are not meant to have control! God is the one in control - all the time.
● anxious = divided/worried/concerned/uneasy/apprehensive/fearful/troubled/bothered/disturbed/distressed/fretful/agitated/tense/overwrought
● rest = a demonstration of TRUST

➤ The Illustration (v. 26, 27)
1. The birds
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?
Birds do not give one thought to tomorrow. They wake up each morning, fly around, search for food, and find it! Because God provides for them. If God will provide for birds, He will provide for us!
(our NEEDS - not our wants)
● Even if you decide to worry (for it IS a CHOICE!), it has absolutely no benefit, and your worry changes absolutely nothing.
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
2. The fields
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, 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. 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? God clothes the fields. He will provide for us.
● consider = ponder, look, observe, soak in
We must learn to take time to appreciate the most minute of details in God's creation.
"Look at the flowers!" (Jesus)
● When Jesus declares, "O you of little faith," He is saying, in effect, "Don't you realize who you are with?!? TRUST ME!"
● Danger and difficulty reveal that we are NOT in control, for we would never choose either.
GOD is in control. Always.

➤ The Application (v. 31-34)
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.● Stop being anxious! It has to stop!
● You cannot be joyful and anxious at the same time.
We are commanded to BE joyful - and commanded NOT to be anxious.
● We dishonor God when we do not trust Him. We are saying, "You can't handle this."
● We honor God when we ask for His will to be done, even when we don't understand or like it.
We are saying, "You can do ANYthing, Lord!"
With tomorrow's trials come the grace (God's grace) to sustain us in the trials. His mercies are new EVERY morning!
● Not WHAT IF ---> but EVEN IF (I LOVE this!)

Lord! Thank You for such an encouraging, thoughtful, and uplifting message! You are God. You are on Your throne. You make the sun rise and the rivers flow. You know our thoughts before we do and You know our needs before we tell You. As often as we 'think' we have control, we never do. And this is a GOOD thing, Lord, for as much as we hate suffering and wish it never had to be endured, we know that everything You do is perfect - and necessary. For Your glory and our good. Thank You. 

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