HOW TO BE FREE FROM ANXIETY
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me please
to Luke, chapter 12, beginning with verse 32 and
running through verse 37. Here we have the statement
of Christ, "Be not anxious." This is the Christian's
victory over anxiety!
I am reading from the Revised Version of 1905. Verse
22. "And Jesus said unto His disciples, Therefore I
say unto you, Be not anxious for your life."
Be not anxious for your life! He is thinking here
primarily of PHYSICAL life. Be not anxious for your
physical life. Don't worry about your physical
Physical Life Uncertain
Well, first of all, Jesus says, "Be not anxious for
your physical life," because of its fragility, its
The word "Therefore" throws us back to what has been
said before, and you remember there Jesus tells us
about a wealthy man who was foolish. He said, "A man's
life consisteth not in the abundance of things which
he possesseth." His possessions, his earthly
possessions, are not his LIFE.
He spake a parable unto them saying, "The ground of a
certain rich man brought forth plentifully, and he
reasoned within himself saying, What shall I do,
because I have nowhere to bestow my fruits. And he
said, This will I do. I will pull down my barns and
build greater, and there will I bestow all my grain
and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou
hast much goods laid up for many years. Take thine
ease, eat, drink, and be merry. BUT GOD SAID UNTO HIM,
Thou foolish one. THIS NIGHT is thy soul required of
thee. And the things which thou hast provided, whose
shall they be? So is he that layeth up treasure for
himself and is not rich toward God."
The folly, then, of laying up treasure for our
PHYSICAL LIFE, forgetting our SPIRITUAL LIFE, not
being rich toward God! The UNCERTAINTY of physical
life is the first reason why Jesus says, "Be not
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