There Is Nothing Good About Worry
December 9, 2007
ILLUS: William Ward, in his book, Today in the Word, said a mouthful, when he said,
"Worry and pessimism is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God."
Let me give you three things about worry:
I. Putting it in Perspective
II. Worry is a Thief of Life
III. Resolving to be Happy
I. PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE
A. Happiness can be illusive
1. For the average person, happiness comes from his surroundings--things that please or displease him. That's why most people are up one day and down the next--circumstances and people change how they feel.
QUOTE: Someone wrote, "When a person focuses his mind and life upon the things of this world, those things can be snatched from him overnight. He can be stricken with a disease, suffer a heart attack, have an accident, go through bankruptcy, and lose everything he has through an economic slump or stock market crash. A black Monday can happen anytime and anywhere in this world. A person of the world can suffer such a crushing blow that he is destroyed and left hopeless and helpless in life, but not a true believer. The mind and life of the true believer are focused upon Jesus Christ; therefore, no matter what he suffers, he still has his most cherished possession--Jesus Christ, the very Son of God. He knows that Jesus Christ is going to look after him and take care of him: that Christ is going to work everything out for Good."
2. Let me say, Jesus will not take all your troubles away; but He will help you to bear up under troub ...
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