Faith or Worry? (22 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Faith or Worry? (22 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 6:25-34

''But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you'' (v. 33).

SCRIPTURE READING

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that we who are his followers are to be different. In 6:25-34, he states that we are not to be like the people in this world who are filled with worry.

[Read Matthew 6:25-34.]

AN ANXIETY EPIDEMIC

It's been said that worry is ''the disease of the twenty-first century.'' There's an anxiety epidemic in our world. [Give examples of things people worry about.] Of course, worry is not a new thing. It plagued people of the first century also. To people who struggle with worry, Jesus says, ''Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on'' (v. 25).

THE ANTIDOTE FOR WORRY

The Greek word translated as ''anxious'' is merimnao. Sometimes merimnao ''expresses an appro-priate feeling of intense concern'' (e.g., Timothy was ''genuinely concerned for [the Philippians'] welfare,'' Phil. 2:20). Other times merimnao ''expresses intense feelings of anxiety about the issues of life'' (e.g., ''do not be anxious about anything,'' Phil. 4:6). This is the meaning of merimnao that Jesus has in mind when he says, ''Do not be anxious.'' Is there an antidote for worry?

The antidote for worry is to daily put our faith in a SOVEREIGN God who LOVES us.

Faith can either be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the object of our faith. [Give an example of trusting someone we shouldn't.] Faith in God is a good thing because (1) he is able to provide what we need (''Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?'', v. 25), and (2) he car ...


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