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No Worries

No Worries

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Should Christians worry? What does the Bible have to say about this important subject?
Should Christians worry? What does the Bible have to say about this important subject?

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Paul Cassidy
3-22-2009
‘No Worries’
Matthew 6:25-34There was song in 1988 that held the #1 slot on the Billboard Top 100 for twoweeks and went on to win song of the year at the Grammy Awards in 1989. Thesong was written and recorded by Bobby McFerrin. Anyone remember the song?Answer: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
 Here is a little song I wroteYou might want to sing it note for note Don't worry be happy In every life we have some troubleWhen you worry you make it double Don't worry, be happy......
The song is extremely catchy, but there’s only one problem with it: It doesn’treally give us any satisfactory explanation for
why
we shouldn’t worry or
how
we can be happy! (Originally from an Indian mystic named Meher Baba!)Webster’s definition of ‘Worry’ :‘To afflict with mental distress or agitation; make anxious’Origin:‘Worry’ is from an old German word,
wurgen
, meaning to “choke or strangle”.That’s what worry does, it causes mental and emotional strangulation that drainsthe life out of us!Let’s face it:
WE ARE WORRIERS!
 
We worry about our health, our money, ourfamily, our future, our job, our appearance, our weight, our grades, ourrelationships, and just about everything else there is to worry about in life! Weworry so much that we’ve come to believe that worrying is perfectly normal, andeven acceptable to God. Guess what - it’s NOT!! In fact, it’s a
sin
! (Faithlessness)Here in Matthew 6, Jesus tells his disciples no less than three times, “do – not -worry” (vss 25, 31, 34). While He doesn’t tell us to ‘
Be Happy
’, Jesus does offer usHis divine perspective on why His disciples have
no reason
to worry . 5 reasons:
1.
 
Because God is a good and faithful Master
(vss 6:19, 24)It’s important to understand that these verses dealing with worry or anxiety arepart of a broader context beginning in verse 19 dealing with the disciple’sattitude toward earthly treasures (vs) heavenly treasures, setting our hearts onthings temporal (vs) things eternal:
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V 19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures inheaven, where neither moth or rust destroys, and where thieves do not break inor steal; for where your treasure is, there
your heart
will be also.” The
heart
(kardia) speaks of our thoughts and affections, those things that aremost important to us, whatever it is that consumes our thoughts most of thetime. And now look with me at verse 24:
V 24
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God andwealth.”
 What is Jesus’ point?
Simply this: If you choose to serve wealth, that is, if you choose to be ‘mastered’by financial
security
and material
prosperity
, I can promise you that your heartwill be full of worry and anxiety; you’ll be worried about your salary, your car,your house, your savings, and your retirement.
But
on the other hand, if youchoose to serve God, putting all your trust in Him, you will have a supernaturalpeace knowing that your Master has promised to take care of you!“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trustsin You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock.”Isaiah 26:3-4 Back to our text - Jesus continues in verse 25:
Therefore
(or)
For this reason
,[What reason? - understanding that the Lord isour Master]I say to you, do not be worried about your
life
, as to what you willeat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.”The word
life
(psuche) is an all-inclusive term encompassing all of a person’sbeing – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. There is no area of life that wehave permission to worry about, not even basic necessities like water, food, andclothing. Our God is a good and faithful Master, he will take care of his servants! 
2. Because we are valuable to God (v 26)
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns,and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not worth much more thanthey
?”
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What’s the answer to Jesus’ rhetorical question? OF COURSE we’re morevaluable to Him! We’re made in His image, created for His pleasure, adopted asHis children, eternally loved by the Father. You are exceedingly valuable to God!“Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten beforeGod. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you aremore valuable than many sparrows.”Luke 12:6-7
3. Because worry cannot change anything (v 27)
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”Answer? No one! If the truth be told, it’s very probable that chronic worry andanxiety may actually
detract
hours from our life!
“Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system,and profoundly affects health. You have never known a man who died fromoverwork, but many have died from worry.” Dr. Charles Mayo, Mayo Clinic“Chronic worrying affects your daily life so much that it interferes with your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Many peoplewho worry excessively are so anxiety-ridden that they seek relief in harmful lifestyle habits such as overeating, eating junk food, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs.”WebMD, Topic – ‘Worry’ 
 Not surprisingly, chronic worrying is now considered to be an
illness
by doctorsand psychologists. GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is defined as that whichis similar to ordinary worry and anxiety, but on a huge abnormal scale; adebilitating anxiety that interferes with your ability to function and relax.Symptoms include: tightness in muscles, headaches, pain in the back of the neck,shortness of breath, a racing heart, abnormal tiredness, or a pins and needlessensation running up and down the arm mimicking symptoms of a heart attack.My friends, these things are said to be caused by chronic “worrying”!
Note
: Article said psychologists still don’t know what causes GAD. (Trust GOD!)Interesting that when negative physiological and emotional problems stemmingfrom our fallen spiritual condition become evident, they are categorized as‘illnesses’, or, ‘disorders’ by secular experts. So often, they are
 spiritual 
in nature.
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