The Worry Rule (2 of 6) by Dennis Marquardt

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The Worry Rule (2 of 6)
Series: Rules for the Redeemed
Dennis Marquardt
Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6-7

INTRO: There is one characteristic of human beings that we are pretty sure does not exist among animals ... WORRY! I have yet to meet a dog or cat that was worried! My dog Domino never acted worried over food or heat, water or shelter ... she never worried about politics or the neighborhood or whether she was going to be taken care of! I don't think she ever once wondered if the dog food companies were going to go on strike! Yet, we humans worry about everything!

The reason animals don't worry is because they don't have a sense of time, of future vs. the present. When we worry, it is usually about the future, what will we do next, or "how am I going to handle this situation when it comes" or "will we have food tomorrow?" "What next?"... etc.

Worry however does us little good, it is like a rocking chair, it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere!

PROP.SENT: The Bible teaches us that as God's people we are not to worry like the world worries. If we concern ourselves with the Kingdom of God we will not have to worry about the kingdoms of this world!

I. LESSER & GREATER Matt. 6:25-30

A. Lots of Fear! Matt. 6:25-27 (James 1:8)
1. The word translated "worry" in Greek is "Merimnao" which is really two different Greek words: "Merizo" which means "TO DIVIDE" and "Nous" meaning "MIND." In other words it means a "DIVIDED MIND" ... certainly descriptive of a worrywart!
a. Worriers are always going back and forth over an issue they are worried about, one minute they decide one thing, and something else the next!
b. In James 1:8 we read "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways..."
c. Worry makes a basket case out of us ... and leaves us very unproductive! There is rarely any good that comes from worrying!
2. Worry is the result of fear ... lots of fear!
a. Fear about loss.
b. Fear about security.
c. ...

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