Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Seven Reasons NOT To Worry
6:25 "So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing?
6:26 Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are.
6:27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.
6:28 "And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing,
6:29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
6:30And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
6:31 So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing.
6:32 Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs,
6:33 and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
6:34 So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today. "
The New Living Translation
Seven Reasons NOT To Worry
6:25......The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life.
6:26......Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today.
6:27......Worrying is more harmful than helpful.
6:28-30...God does not ignore those who depend on Him.
6:31-32...Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God.
6:33......Worrying keeps us from real challenges God wants us to pursue.
6:34......Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.
Jesus tells us not to worry about the needs that He promises to supply. Worry may 1) damage your health; 2) interrupt your productivity; 3) harmfully affect the way you treat others, and 4) diminish your ability to trust in God.
Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern - worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action.
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help ease worry. Worriers are consumed by fear and find it hard to trust God. They let their plans get in the way with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.
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