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How to Manage our Worry (4 of 5)
Series: The Commotion of Emotions
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
We're continuing our series of messages under the heading: The Commotion of Emotions. Now so far from the word of God we have learned how to manage our stress, our anger and our fears; tonight from Matthew 6 we're turning our focus on another emotion that perhaps causes more commotion in our lives than stress, anger and fear combined.
I'm talking about worry! We not only have some angry birds among us, we have some worry warts among us. Are you a worry wart?
So, what is worry? Well, the word "worry" comes from an Old English word meaning "to choke or strangle." It's the picture of a person so worried, so uptight, so stressed out that their throat closes up to the point of choking or strangling.
The word we're going to hear Jesus use in a few minutes is a word that speaks of being concerned for something, to be anxious about something, to think about or to reflect. It speaks of getting something on your mind and you cannot shake it! It was also used of a seamstress that would take two pieces of cloth that had been sewn together and to pull them apart at the seams.
That's what worry does: it pulls you apart! It divides you mind. It divides your will. It divides your attention and that's why God wants us to learn to manage it!
Do you know what worry really is? It's your personal irritation with God. There is this thing going on in your life that God allowed and you cannot control it. So what do you do? Worry! Fret! Wring your hands!
Now like fear, most of the things we worry about never happens. Dr. Thomas Kepler, a respected bible scholar wrote about a woman who realized fears were running her life. She began to keep track of what was worrying her and here's what she found:
40% of the things she worried about were things that would never happen.
30% of the things she worried about were about things that had al ...
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