The remedy for fear - statement #19 from Jesus

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34

Some of you are not going to like this one because it’s something you struggle with everyday. Personally this is finally something I don’t really struggle through a lot. I think my blessing is that I’ve gone through so many insane things that it has made it easier for me not to freak out about the future. However, let’s not bring up:  self-discipline, thoughts, lying and a whole bunch more!

The point is take a deep breath and trust Him. All of us are in the same boat dealing with the waves of this fallen world.  But if worrying about the future is your thing, the truth is that uneasiness and anxiety about the future is a faith problem and grounded in a lack of trust in God and what he has promised.

The causes of worry are:

  1. Being world-centered - Matthew 6:25 (NLT) — 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (See also Mt 6:34; Mt 13:22; Lk 12:29; Lk 21:34; 1 Co 7:33)
  2. Lacking confidence in God - John 14:1 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. (See also Mt 6:26–32; Mt 8:25; Mt 14:31; Mt 16:8)
  3. Abandoning God - Deuteronomy 28:64–65 (NLT) — 64 For the Lord will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship foreign gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods made of wood and stone! 65 There among those nations you will find no peace or place to rest. And the Lord will cause your heart to tremble, your eyesight to fail, and your soul to despair. (See also La 1:3; Eze 4:16–17; Eze 12:19)

You don’t want worry because it leads you away from God.  Psalm 37:8 (NLT) — 8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. (See also Pr 12:25; Mt 13:22; Lk 10:40–42)

Worry is futile.  Matthew 6:27 (NLT) — 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (See also Ec 2:22–23)

Remedies for worry

  • Being God-centered - Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) — 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  Matthew 6:33 (NLT) — 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (See also Je 17:7–8; Ro 8:6)
  • Prayer - Psalm 55:22 (NLT) — 22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (See also Ps 94:18–19; Ps 139:23; 1 Pe 5:7)

How does Jesus want you to love others?

It’s the opposite of worry:

  • calmness
  • certainty
  • cheer
  • comfort
  • confidence
  • happiness
  • joy
  • pleasure
  • sureness
  • trust
  • unconcern
  • advantage
  • calm
  • contentment
  • peace
  • reassurance

Think how these attitudes and beliefs would turn things around for your relationship!  The Good news is Jesus wants to give you everything you need to live this out! It is, in fact, not impossible to change your attitude because of what Jesus did on the cross for you!

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