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Worry (2 of 2)
Series: WWF: War, Worry and Fear
Pastor Kerry Shook
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Worry is wrestling for control
JESUS VS. WORRY
1. Wrestling with worry is worthless.
"...do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" Matt. 6:25 (NIV)
2. Wrestling with worry is a waste of time.
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Matt. 6:27 (NIV)
3. Wrestling with worry is a weight that's unnecessary.
"And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are." Matt. 6:28-29 (NLT)
A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to shoot a very large forest fire. He was told that a small plane would take him over the fire. So, when he got to the airstrip, it was about an hour before sundown and sure enough the Cessna was there waiting for him. The photographer jumped in the plane with all of his equipment and he yelled to the pilot, let's go. The pilot swung out into the wind and soon they were in the air. The photographer said I want you to fly over the north side of the fire and make a few low level passes and the nervous pilot asked, why? The photographer said because I want to take pictures. I'm a photographer and photographers take pictures. After a long pause, the pilot said are you sure you're not the flight instructor? Now, folks, that's a time when it would be okay to be worried. We live in a time when it looks like we ought to be worried. We live in a time of war, we live in a time where the terrorism alert is high, we live in a time when the economy is shaky. It really looks like we ought to be worried. We are going to see today that Jesus said we can have peace in our lives even during war time. We are in a series that I started last week that I'm calling WWF - War, Worry and Fear. We are wrestling with these tough issues in a world of uncertainty.
Today we are looking at worry. Worry is really wrestling for control. That's what it is. It's wrestling for control. Worry is a control issue. We try to control the economy and we can't, so we worry about it. We try to control our future and we can't, so we worry about it. We try to control other people and we can't, so we worry about it. We try to control our jobs and we can't, so we worry about it. Worry is really wrestling for control. This morning we are going to look at what Jesus had to say about worry because Jesus declared war on worry.