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Moenie Worry Nie

Moenie Worry Nie

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Published by Christopher Peppler
Article published in Joy! Magazine
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Published by: Christopher Peppler on Apr 28, 2010
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Moenie Worry Nie
What will the year hold for us? The future might look rather bleak for some people – lossof job, ill health, financial problems. In such cases the natural thing is to worry about thefuture, but God says, “do not worry!”Jesus spoke clearly in His ‘Sermon on the Mount’ about how we are not to worry(Matthew 6:25-34). Imbedded in His message are three antidotes to worry – Faith, livingin today, and a focus on the Kingdom of God.Worry is an expression of lack of faith in God’s provision. Jesus points us to birds andflowers and asks why we can’t trust as they do. To have faith in God is to believe that Heis good, that He knows what we need, and that He cares about us and our circumstances.If we have faith only in ourselves or others, then we surely have cause to worry.However, if our faith is in God we can live in the sure knowledge that, no matter whathappens in the future, God will walk us through it.When my son started his business career he was often worried about his ability to dowhat was expected of him. I remember repeating to him the well known words, ‘Do your  best and trust God for the rest’. If we do our very best yet maintain faith in God, not our ability, then we have nothing to worry about.Another thing about worry is that it lives in the future. Regret lives in the past and isconcerned with what could have been, while worry lives in the future and is concernedwith what might be. An antidote to worry is to choose to live in today. Jesus put it thisway; “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day hasenough trouble on its own” (Matthew 6:34). On the positive side, to live in the presenceof God we must choose to live in today. God describes Himself as ‘I am’ (Exodus 3:14)and we encounter Him not in the past, or the future, but in the present – today. Regretlives in the past, worry lives in the future, but God lives with us today!Worry is focused on needs. Jesus tells us that His Father knows what we need and will provide for our needs. However, He makes it clear that pagans focus on needs whilst Hisdisciples focus on the Kingdom of God. If we focus our thought and energy on satisfyingour needs, then we will be no different to unsaved people, and like most, we will be besetwith worries. However, if we choose to seek God’s righteous kingdom, then we will havelittle time to worry about our needs.To apply the Faith Antidote is to express our trust and confidence in God and toacknowledge that He cares about us. It is to thank Him for what we already do haveinstead of fretting about what we do not have. To apply the Today Antidote is to decidewhat we are going to do today, just today, and then to do it together with the ever-presentLord. To apply the Kingdom Antidote is to ask questions like; ‘Does my presentcondition open me to people I would not have normally met?’ and, ‘Does my presentexperience equip me to help others in Jesus name?’

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