|Text: Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
Are you a worrier? Most people
are, and it's no wonder when the media of TV and newspapers regularly
pump so much negative bad news into our minds every day.
Worry began in the Garden of Eden with
Adam worrying about facing God after he had disobediently eaten of the
forbidden fruit. Worry has been a plaque of the human race since then
Worry is something that occurs in all
cultures and among all types of people. Everyone worries in somewhat
predictable ways. You may be surprised how identical your worry patterns
are to those of other people - both in how you worry and what
you worry about. Worriers come in all shapes and sizes and so do their
Experience has shown us that if we don't
face up to worry and work to contain and control it, worry can grip our
lives with such force it will eventually choke out all the joy of
But there is good news for the habitual
worrier. Worry is containable if we follow God's advice on
dealing with it. In our text God gave the disciples His prescription for
a worried anxious heart.
Recognize the Character of Worry
- Worry defined
- Worry and anxiety are twin emotions
with practically the same meaning.
- (anxiety) - uneasy thoughts or
fears about what may happen - troubled -
- There is a difference between a
person being anxious for and anxious about.
- (worry) - to cause to feel anxious
or troubled - to annoy, bother, to seize and shake with the
teeth - to harass as if by repeated biting or repeated attacks -
an anxious, troubled or uneasy state of mind.
- The root of worry and anxiety is
- Under control fear can be used for
constructive purposes. Out of control it turns
into anxiety and worry and becomes destructive
- An Old Fable
- Death walked toward the city. A
man stopped Death and asked, "What are you going to do?
"I am going to kill 10 thousand people," said Death.
The man immediately warned as many people as he could. The next
day the man again met Death. "You said you were going to
kill 10 thousand people, but 70 thousand people died
yesterday." Death said, "I only killed 10 thousand
people, worry and fear killed the others."
- Isaiah 26:3, "Thou
shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Thee,
because he trust in Thee."
- Four Features of Worry
- Worry deals mainly with the future.
- The worrier worries about what
- It's threatening catastrophes are
imaginary. They are not certain. It may never happen at all.
- Worry is a lonely sport.
- No one will come knocking at your
door asking to join your worry party.
- Worry makes one apprehensive.
- Worry consumes a great deal of our
emotional energy and can leave us totally exhausted.
- Worry is hopelessly pessimistic.
- When you think about it, worry
doesn't have much going for it.
- Worry is like a rocking chair, it
will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.
Recognize the Cause of Worry
- What is it people worry about?
Worth/Roper survey said it was:
- Making wrong choices in major
- Facing major dental work or
- Being audited by the IRS
- Having to speak in public
- Doing your own taxes
- Having a credit card declined in