by Joe Alain

What to Do with Your Worry
Joe Alain
Matthew 6:25-34

1. Establish a Personal Relationship with God
2. Grow in Your Understanding of God
3. Pray About Whatever Makes You Anxious
4. Change Your Thinking Habits

The Problem of Worry
"Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad." Proverbs 12:25, NKJV. We know this verse to be true. We deal with many things in life that cause us to worry, to be anxious. Worry can make us sick, so sick that we can even become depressed.

What We Worry About
Jesus had a lot to say about worry. He knew that we would be prone to worrying. That's why He said in Matthew 6:25 NIV, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear." (1) We Worry About Our Needs. Food, clothing, shelter, how we're going to raise our children, etc.

And in Matthew 6:34, NIV, Jesus said "Do not worry about tomorrow." Jesus knows us pretty well. What do we worry about? We worry about our needs and (2) We Worry About The Future. What will tomorrow bring? Will my job be downsized? Will I be able to pay my bills? Will my kids have enough to go to college? Will my retirement account still be there? And on and on it goes.

We worry about many things, but the question is, "how do we deal with our anxieties?" We often don't handle worry too well. We become agitated, angry, and overwhelmed. To deal with worry, we loose ourselves in a pastime, or drugs or alcohol or we succumb to depression. Worry seems to give birth to more worry. Anxiety has a way of causing us to lose confidence in that which was trusted, we even sometimes lose our confidence in God. Will He be there when I need Him? Can I count on Him?

We know what the unhealthy way of dealing with worry is, we've become experts at handling worry the wrong way. But does the Bible provide some counsel for us concerning how we can deal with our worries? Our anxieties? Actually, the Bible has a lot to say ...

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