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Greatest Sermon Ever 17: Do Not Worry
Sheldon Dyck
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Greatest Sermon Ever 17: Do Not Worry May 31, 2020
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Sheldon Dyck Matthew 6:25-34 Sunday Online
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/05/31 11am -Sheldon Dyck
-"Greatest Sermon Ever 17: Do Not Worry" -Matthew 6:25-34

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The Sermon on the Mount – 17. Do Not Worry
Matthew 6:25-34

This passage of Scripture from the Sermon on the Mount is so needed for us today. How can I not worry? How can I live as a non-anxious presence in an overly anxious world? We live in anxious times.
William Barclay writes, “There may be greater sins than worry, but very certainly there is no more disabling sin”.

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus gives four alternatives to worry – things that we can do today.

1. Look at the birds.
v26: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

• To watch a bird in the air requires alertness. And to watch what God will do next requires attentiveness.
• On your next neighbourhood walk, notice the birds, when you listen to the birds sing, you can remember how valuable you are to God!

2. Consider the flowers.
v28-30: “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, o you of little faith?”

• God is concerned about your inner life and your outer life. He cares for your soul and your stomach, your character and even the externals including your hairstyle and the clothes that you wear.
• Jesus assures us that he will do much more for us. Trust his promise that he will make something lasting and beautiful of your life!

3. Seek first the Kingdom of God.
One of the better-known verses of the Sermon on the Mount
v33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

• How do I deal with my worry? Jesus urges us to anchor our lives in God’s kingdom and do the work of surrendering. The spiritual seeker has one goal – seeking God and his will.

4. Live one day at a time.
• Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
• Jesus acknowledges trouble and knows trouble. Jesus’ prediction for your life is that you will have trouble. When will you have trouble? Each day!
• Regret makes you live in the past. Worry makes you live in the future. And God invites us to live in this moment, banishing worry, trusting him for each day.

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