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Do not worry 25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Mt 6:25 Worry Feeds on anxiety Worrying means spending a lot of time thinking about negative possibilities. People who worry: - Find it difficult to concentrate - Feel helpless and unable to cope - Lose confidence - Experience disturbed sleep and eating patterns - Develop obsessional behaviours - Get headaches, stomach upsets (‘butterflies’) - Feel emotionally drained Jesus commands (Mt 6:25) Don’t worry about life (food/drink) Don’t worry about body (cloths) God does not fail the birds and lilies We worry because of: • Poor understanding of real values of life & body (v25) – • (Lu 12v32-34 Real treasure – earthly or heavenly?) • Unbelief (ye of little faith – pagans run after such v 30-32) • ‘Others focused’ instead of ‘God focused’ (v 32,33) / Mt 10v19 • Consumed by tomorrow, not dealing with today (v34) • Wrong perception of the value of worry (FOF) – natural v pathological Serious effect of worry We make wrong choices – Martha Lu 10:41 Ultimately can destroy the seed of life – Mt 13v22 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful The answer to worry Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice always v4 In everything, by prayer, petition and thanksgiving present your requests to God v 6 Peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus Put some things into practise – Think about – noble, true, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy God of peace will be with you
"Do not worry"