by Steve Wagers

All Stressed Up With Nowhere to Go!
Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 6:25-34
July 10, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. We Must Trust the Father's Care!
A. The Foolishness of Worry!
B. The Faithlessness of Worry!
2. We Must Obey the Father's Command!
A. The Priority we are to Form!
B. The Provision we are to Find!
3. We Must Accept the Father's Control!
A. A Simplified Life!
B. A Satisfied Life!

* TIME magazine recently published a cover story on the presence of anxiety of America. The article was entitled, "Guilt and Anxiety." It stated that the breakdown of faith in God, in the 19th century; and, in reason in the 20th century, coupled with the accelerated pace and high tension of modern life, have produced intense anxiety in many millions of people. So much so that, in fact, TIME called worry one of the most widespread and debilitating ailments of our time.

* Someone has referred to worry as "fear in search of a cause." Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, "No Grand Inquisitor has in readiness such terrible tortures as anxiety." An unknown poet wrote:

"Worry is an old man
With bended head
Carrying a load of feathers,
He thinks is lead."

* Normal Rockwell said, "Worry is a lot like a rocking chair; it won't get you anywhere, but it will give you something to do." A recent poll listed what the average person worries about.

40%--things that will never happen
30%--things about the past that can't be changed
12%--things about criticism by others, mostly untrue
10%--about health, which gets worse with stress
8%--about real problems that will be faced

* I think of a man who was a tremendous worrier. He not only worried, but he worried everyone else with his worries. He couldn't sleep; he couldn't eat; he couldn't' work; he couldn't enjoy time with his family; all he could was worry.

* One day, however, he was a different man. He was whistling, happy, and singing at the top of his voice. He was so carefree and happy. He was a new man. ...

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