Don't Worry, Be Happy! (7 of 9) by Jerry Vines

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Don't Worry, Be Happy! (7 of 9)
Happy Living
Jerry Vines
Matthew 6:25-34
12/02/2001

Jesus tells us how to have a happy life and when we
come to verses 25- to the end of the 6th chapter we
have a subject which I have entitled, "Don't Worry, Be
Happy!" When we read these verses, it's like the Lord
has been reading our mail. Two thousand years ago our
Lord said these words, but they are as current and as
contemporary and as up-to-date today as they were when
He said them 2000 years ago.

When you see the word, therefore, in the Bible-as
yourself the question-what is the therefore there for?
Remember he is referring to what he has just said. He
has been talking in the previous verses about the
dangers of materialism. Letting things get out of
proportion in your life. Of course, right here at
Christmas time when we are dwelling with things and
spending a lot of time with things, no words could be
more apropos than what Jesus says beginning with verse
25.

Jesus was brought up among the common people. He was
born into the family of Mary and Joseph. Joseph was a
carpenter. He knew what it was not to have all of the
necessities of life or to struggle in order to get
them. He was quite well acquainted with work. He knew
what it was to be a laboring person. He was a
carpenter Himself, trained by His legal father,
Joseph. So He understood what life in the ordinary
was. He understood what average, ordinary people go
through with. The Bible says the common people heard
Him gladly. I've always thought that was one of the
greatest compliments Jesus ever received. He knew what
it was to move in and out among common, ordinary
people.

Because of that, and being around people who had to
struggle to get life's necessities, He surely
understood the war of worry. In that atmosphere and in
that context the Lord Jesus Christ gives these words
and He says do not worry. If I counted correctly, He
specificall ...


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