Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September 30 – Supplying Every Need – How Not To Worry Part 7

“My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Thirteen verses before the one we’ve selected for today we are given the specific command to “not be anxious about anything.”  Instead, with prayer and thanksgiving we let God know what is troubling us. (Philippians 4:6)  After looking at “how not to worry” in Matthew 6 for the past six days, today we see another affirmation here regarding why worry is useless. We are promised as believers in Christ Jesus that God WILL supply EVERY need.  And notice from where the supply for our needs come.  The come according to His riches…”  Not out of but according to. This is critically important for us to understand. God’s riches are without limit. “Out of” indicates that the source of supply diminishes as God provides for us.  Absolutely not. It is ‘according to’ and infinite supply. God will not run out of riches to supply our needs. As if we had a credit line from a bank that had no limit and no requirement for pay-back so, we’d never be broke. No matter how much and no matter how often we draw on God’s riches there will always be what we need in that supply for God to meet our every need.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

September 29 – Seek First Instead – How Not To Worry Part 6

“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.” Matthew 6:33-34 (ESV)

In our passage Jesus provides and alternative to worry and it really is not and optional alternative. If we certainly desire to be rid of worry and anxiety, we need to replace it with God’s way of righteousness. This is the Way of living Jesus taught throughout his time on Earth. As Jesus promises, he supply these needs and we will more clearly see that promise fulfilled if we choose through obedience to set our sights on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We know what that means, right? The Kingdom way is found in God’s inspired Scriptures. God will never let us go without supplying our needs but the pleasure, joy, and satisfaction of His provision is best seen without worry and with focus on the righteousness God calls us to. Being anxious about the future means we are borrowing pain and trouble from tomorrow. Trust in God for what we need today and when today is yesterday and tomorrow is today, we trust again in God for what we need. We have enough ‘cares’ from today to cast onto the Lord who cares about us. We’ll cast tomorrow’s cares on Him tomorrow. 

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Monday, September 28, 2020

September 28 – He Already Knows – How Not To Worry Part 5

“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.” Matthew 6:31–32  (ESV) 

We have considered five posts with one more to go using Matthew 6:25–34 which contains at least six promises given by Jesus to help us fight against unbelief and be free from worry or anxiety. Today we see another promise and words of wisdom from Jesus. The worry about what we eat, drink and wear is unnecessary because it changes nothing. It is God who knows we have these needs just as every person in the world does. Jesus in this context reminds us that the Gentiles seek after all these things. Worry is a shared practice among all people. The Jews at Jesus’ time were very bigoted toward non-Jews and all non-Jews were unclean Gentiles. That included anyone who was not a Jew by birth or by conversion had become a Jew. The Jews followed the Mosaic Law and a multitude of additional traditions and laws. Jesus drawing the comparison that Jews and Gentiles are not so different when it comes to anxiety about essential things. God our heavenly Father knows our every need.  If He knows our need will he not make certain that those needs are met? (see Philippians 4:19)

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

September 27 – Exercising Faith – How Not To Worry Part 4

“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?”  Matthew 6:28-30 (ESV)

Remember the popular song from the 1960’s?  “Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…” We have considered the birds and how God provides for them.  We are encouraged to not worry about what we will eat because God certainly will provide for us.  Now it’s time to consider the flowers and learn from this example that worrying about our clothing and appearance is also unnecessary.  Why? Because God takes care of dressing the flowers like the lilies. Like the birds the flowers cannot work for what gives them their beauty for God dresses them in a more glorious array than King Solomon was ever dressed.  God has an abundant creative energy and care; he lavishes it on flowers that last only a matter of days. We are a much higher priority for God, because we eternally belong to Him. We can bring God eternal praise as his loved children.  We are assured that He will certainly take that same creative skill and use it to care for his children who will live forever. The question is: Will we believe this promise, and so put away anxiety?

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

September 26 – It Accomplishes Nothing – How Not To Worry Part 3

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”  Matthew 6:27 (ESV)

Nobody can extend their life because they worried.  Why do we ever worry anyway?  What cranks up our general anxiety? Is it not one or more of the big questions?  What’s going to happen to me or my  life?  If we are ill or if another loved one is ill it might be; will they die? The number of questions like this all really come down to one. One very big one.  WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME?  This is really a simple promise of sorts — a straightforward  promise of reality that we can discover from multiple experiences during a lifetime. But we fail to live by it because worry wins.  This is the promise; Being anxious will simply not do you any good. That’s a promise. Failure to trust this promise is frequent.  Sometimes we just have to get tough with ourselves and say, “Soul, this fretting is absolutely useless. It’s worthless. It promises nothing. we are not only messing up your own day, but a lot of other people’s as well. Renounce it. Leave it with God. And get on with your work.”  Anxiety accomplishes nothing worthwhile. That’s a promise. Believe it. Act on it.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

September 25 – Of Much Greater Value – How Not To Worry Part 2

"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?" Matthew 6:26 (ESV)

In our verse of promise yesterday, we can summarize, the promise of life is more important than physical things in our lives and if God can take care of the greater - us, He can easily take care of the lesser with no difficulty. Today’s verse asks a different question but still one that considers the value of ourselves in God’s universe.  The example are the birds.  If you watch the small song birds in your yard, you can see their insignificance. They cannot do anything to bring their food into being. The little birds, like the ones in our header have no farming, or reaping skills. Yet God provides for them and feeds them.  We can rest assured that He will provide what we need.  Why? Because we are worth a lot more than birds. God created us, unlike the birds, with an amazing capacity to glorify God by trusting, obeying, worshiping, and thanking God. We do have greater value and we can rest and believe God’s promise to care for us. We truly have reason to not worry. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

September 24 – Things That are More Important – How Not to Worry Part 1

“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?” Matthew 6:25 (ESV)

In the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 6 Jesus takes up specifically the problem of worry, or anxiety.  We will look at what Jesus gave us to address that problem. Jesus starts by confirming that our bodies and our lives are massively more complex and difficult to provide than food and clothing are. Yet God has, in fact, created our bodies and provided us with life then surely, we can be confident that He will be able and willing to provide us with food and clothing.  First, we affirm that our life which is sustained by the  food we live on is more significant than the food itself. And, the body we cover with clothing has greater value than the clothing itself. Additionally, no matter what happens to all who of us who in faith believing have receive Christ as Savior, God promises elsewhere that He will preserve our life and body for his eternal fellowship.  Eating and clothing are essentials which God will make sure we have and we do not have to worry over them when tested by trials.

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