How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
We are looking now 2005 full in the face and it has probably filled each one of us with mixed emotions. It probably will cause each one of us to ask different kinds of question.
Will there be a depression in 2005? Will our government survive with such a large debt? Will the church as an institution survive? Will the Christians be persecuted? Will there be a terrorist attack on the scale of 9-11?
Will we see the emerging of an antichrist figure? Will the rapture take place? Now we don't know the answers to all of those questions. And I don't know anybody who has a crystal ball who can look out into next year and tell us.
But we do know this that in this world of uncertainty, in this world of anxiety and pressures and tension there is plenty to generate worry. We are killing ourselves in this "hurry and worry and buried age. Our brains are far in advance of our endurance. Our intelligence is inventing new inventions faster than our physical being can run them and repair them.
We are being jammed into the machines of human progress and find ourselves in that whirlpool of a mind that is full of cares and worries. The Lord Jesus has much to say about the matter of our cares and our worries.
I. THE CAUSES OF OUR WORRY- (Matt.6:19-24)
Notice what the Lord says in verses 19-21. He tells us that our-
A.SAVING IS AT FAULT
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for your selves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Right from the outset I want you to understand that this is not a commandment against bank accounts. Jesus point is not to make the short term things of this life your source of security. A man's treasure is that which he belie ...
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