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DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY! (7 OF 9)

by Jerry Vines


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


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 specifically commands us three times not to worry. He specifically says t ...

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