August 21, 2017

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) — 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

In this chapter of Matthew starting with verse 24 Jesus talks about the things that people worry about; things like having enough money, food and clothing. Our memory verse is the antidote to worry. In this verse Jesus is saying if you find out what his will is > seeking his kingdom, and then when you find out his will simple obey it > living righteously; you will never have to worry because Jesus says that he will give you everything you need. Yes everything! So starting right now this moment you can live worry free. Why is it so important to Jesus that we live worry free? Lets take a look at the why  in some of the verses in this chapter. We will take a couple of them each day.

Matthew 6:24 (NLT) — 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

In this verse Jesus is saying that worry divides you allegiance. A lot of worry is money related; rent, mortgage, heat, hospital bills, college tuition, upkeep on cars etc. If you are worrying it means you are not trusting in God. By worrying it shows that you have lost your confidence in Jesus. When you worry it makes it look like there is no God or that he moved to a different time zone and is no longer available to you. Faith is the conduit through which Jesus is able to pour out to you his blessings and plans > Matthew 9:29 (NLT) — 29 …“Because of your faith, it will happen.”

Do you anticipate good things from God? You won’t if you are worrying. Do you expect things to become better and brighter? They won’t if you are worrying because worry is not faith.

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?

Jesus is saying that worry will keep you from enjoying what you have. I just had two weeks of vacation in which I spent most of it riding my motorcycle. Most of you know that a few years ago a I had an accident with a deer which totaled my motorcycle and banged me up a little bit. Now I could have worried about hitting a deer  and I could have worried about the traffic in San Francisco and I wouldn’t have enjoyed my trip. Instead I chose to leave my protection in the Lord’s hands and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

You worry about all the things that you have to do to get ready for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas and when it is over you realize that you forgot to enjoy the times. The Lord blesses you with a new car and you worry about someone banging it with their car door as it sits in the parking lot. Or you are so strict with everyone who rides in it that you won’t let them eat cheeseburgers and fries or have a coke in the car because they might spill! You have a good job but you worry about being laid off because you heard there were going to be cutbacks.

You worry about providing all that your kids need, getting them to all their events at school, making sure they have their homework done, choose good friends, getting them to youth group etc, and then when they have grown and left home you realize you didn’t spend much time enjoying them. Two people get married and they are so focused on the other person’s differences and trying to change them that they don’t really enjoy each other. You get so competitive in a game that you don’t take time to enjoy the game. In fact you can worry so much that when you come to church you really can’t enjoy the worship or the message because your mind was preoccupied with worry.

Do you see how important a verse our memory verse is? Memorize it. Believe it. Relax:)

Romans 10:11 (NLT) — 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    This morning as I read your blog I was reminded of the verses where Jesus talked about the little children. Children don’t worry about the cares of this world. They just trust instinctively. Jesus said in order to inherit the Kingdom of God we must be like the little children. We must trust, laugh , love, and be free. God will never fail us….He is a good, good Father.