by Fred Lowery

How to Win over Worry
Dr. Fred Lowery
Philippians 3:13b; Matthew 6:34; Deuteronomy 33:25; Philippians 4:6; Matthew 6:33-34; Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6
January 24, 2010

Mickey Rivers who played for Texas as an outfielder several years ago, he had a very simple philosophy of worry. He said ain't no sense worrying about something if you've got no control over cause if you've got no control over it ain't no sense in worrying about it. Then he said ain't no sense in worrying about something you've got control over cause if you got control over it ain't no sense in worrying about it. So that's a pretty good philosophy. What he was saying is there is no need to worry about anything. What you can do about something do it, if you can't do anything about it, it doesn't matter anyway so simply stop worrying. What worry does is it focuses on the unchangeable past, the uncontrollable present and the unknowable future. It's a waste of energy. We worry and fret when we try to fix something we can't fix or change something we can't change. We worry about what has happened in the past or what might happen in the future. We said last week that worry is endless reasoning and mental torment over things that are beyond our control most of which will not even happen. Research tells us that eighty five percent of the things we worry about never actually happen. And yet all of us worry. Now you can't keep worry thoughts from coming into your mind but you can refuse to engage those thoughts and you can use God's power and scripture to chase those worry thoughts out of your mind. Jesus said don't worry. He said it again, don't worry. He said it again, don't worry. In the same chapter in the same sermon, so if Jesus said don't worry you know that it's possible for you not to worry. Jesus would have never said don't worry if we couldn't do it. Now, you can win over worry if you close the door on the past. Now this is where we were last week and this was ...

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