Jeff Maness – April 26, 2020
The worship of worry
Matthew 6:25, 27 25 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Worry = Allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
Big Idea: Worry is the worship of potential problems instead of trusting the One who promises peace.
John 16:33 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 14:27 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Big Question: How can I find peace in my worries?
Main Scripture: Philippians 4:4-7
Philippians 4:4 4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Philippians 3:1 1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
1. Rejoice in the Lord
In = (Properly) Inside, within; (Figuratively), The state in which something operates from the inside, or from within. (HELPS Word-Studies) It is the privilege of Christians to do this, rejoice in the Lord. Not at certain periods or distant intervals, but at all times they may rejoice that there is a God and Savior; they may rejoice in the character, law, and government of God – in his promises, and in communion with him. If everything else changes, and it will, the Lord does not change; if the sources of all other joy are dried up, and they will, this is not; and there is not a moment of a Christian’s life in which he will not be able to find joy in the Lord. —
– Albert Barnes
Psalm 119:143 143 As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.
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2. Release my needs to the Lord
Philippians 4:5-6 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:7 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
3. Rest in the Lord’s peace