by Steve Wagers

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The Upright shouldn't be Uptight! (12 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 6: 25-34

1. Look to the Father's Care!
A. Worry is Foolish
B. Worry is Fatal
2. Live by the Father's Command!
A. How God's Purpose Guides Us
B. What God's Promise Guarantees Us
3. Lean on the Father's Control!
A. A Simplified Life!
B. A Satisfied Life!

One of the most interesting books I have ever read is "None of These Diseases" by Dr. S.I. McMillen. In the book he has a lot to say about worry, anxiety, and stress. He describes how "carnal emotions and stress" play a large factor in cholesterol levels. In the chapter entitled, "Upset Mind--Sick Body" he describes how invisible emotional tension in the mind can produce striking visible changes in the body, changes that can become serious and fatal. He gives a list of things that anxiety and worry can cause physically:

Disorders of the Digestive System
Disorders of the Circulatory System
Disorders of the Genito-Urinary System
Disorders of the Nervous System
Disorders of Glands of Internal Secretion
Allergic disorders
Muscle-joint disorders
Eye diseases
Skin diseases

McMillen writes, "The office of a physician is filled with people suffering from nearly every disease in the book because their minds are beset by a thousand worries about their finances, their health, or their children."

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 businessman ran into a friend of his a stockbroker who had always had problems with ulcers and high blood pressure. "How's your health?" the man asked hi ...

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