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The following message from Pastor Greg Laurie is made possible by some special friends of this ministry. Pastor Greg wanted to see a special word of thanks to the harvest partners who make this ministry possible next time your online check out Pastor Greg's personal email@example.com Jesus said don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it. So each day has enough trouble so why is it that worry sneaks into our minds when we know it's unproductive. Pastor Greg Laurie shares wording can actually be harmful. Some of this is not tomorrow, but sorrow it empties today spring worrying doesn't make things better worry actually make things worse find yourself in a hole with no way out one so often we find yourselves with their backs against the wall, things are a mess and we can't see any clear way out.
So we worry those metal gymnastics might help us find the answer only makes the problem worse today on a new beginning. Greg Laurie explained the path of least of the Lord's help worry are mutually exclusive. Okay, I heard about a lady who was lonely and she wanted someone to talk to you, maybe I'll get a talking parrot so she went down to the pet store and said you are prepared to talk about that store managers at all, ma'am, I have the perfect parent. This parent shatters nonstop, you'll love this bird so she bought the bird got the kids to good home a week and 1/2 ounces he comes back to the pet store to the manager and said that bird you sold me. He doesn't thought the man said will, ma'am, did you buy the parent a mere parents love mirrors that they can see there reflected the chatter away so she bought a mirror to get home another week and 1/2 ounces, and she returned to the pet store and says of the manager. The parent still hasn't said a single word he said men did you buy him a swing. Parents love swings and if you give him a swing go talk endlessly. Bought a swing to go home another week and 1/2 passes and she returns back and says that parrot still is a talking lady said do you have a letter for the parrot they love the ladder and the gates to go up and out Otago. If you get them a letter, so she got him a letter to get all another week passes. She returns back to the pet store.
She says not only that the parent not talk. The parent actually die. He said oh no. Did he ever say anything she says is a matter of fact, right before he died he did finally speak and the pet store manager said ma'am.
Tell me what did the parrot say she said the prayer and said don't they have any food down at that pet Star yacht. You know the problem is, is she had her priorities all out of whack.
She was missing the obvious. And that is what worry. That's what I want to talk to you this message about worry you know the Bible tells us to not be anxious about anything or not worry about anything. As we'll see in our textbook for us in the moment. That word means to be pulled in different directions. That's what fear and worry will do in your life, your hope will pull you in one direction. Your fears will pull you in the other and you find yourself focusing on the wrong things and missing the point. Like that lady with the bird that didn't talk and I think you could feel the worry in the air right now during this coronavirus epidemic. This pandemic really is. The experts warned us we had national panic sweep our nation because we were told all our hospitals are going to be overrun and in millions of people are going to die and then we don't have in the past so we don't have an of ventilators and were all in the national panic will know that things are finally starting to calm down. We have a whole new set of worries.
Am I going I have a job to go back to what I can work again will I get the coronavirus if I go back to work one experts" coronavirus has caused the mass emotional event in our lives.
We've all experienced it collectively, according to recent research. This pandemic is causing strong negative emotions. For most Americans have prescriptions for antidepressants are up.
The use of anti-anxiety and insomnia medication has increased and it's even worse than that.
I just heard from a nurse that worked in the pediatric ICU at a hospital and she said we have so many suicide among young people because of the quarantine. So there's a lot of anxiety a lot of fear in the air right now somebody watching me might be saying, well, you know, I kind of tuned into get some hopeful words and I was feeling pretty good till you started speaking and now I'm totally stressed out. Or that's what I want to share some hopeful words with you from the Scripture. This is the last message of this series we been doing called quarantine life. We've all been experiencing that together have a weight and these are the words of the apostle Paul to the believers in Philippi, he was under house arrest. Why will he had appealed to Caesar you been preaching the gospel. He was arrested and as a Roman citizen the right to appeal to Caesar. So now he's waiting an appearance before the leader of Rome, but it's a very uncertain future. I heated nobody was going to be acquitted or beheaded. And plus, there were some believers that were divided somewhere for Paul Sommer against him so he could be super stressed out. But instead of worrying Paul is rejoicing and living in great keys instead of completing he gives to us the secret of victory over worry. Don't you want to know what that secret is to give it to you right now. No charts look at your Bible. Philippians chapter 4 verse four Paul writes these words rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, or another way to translate that is, don't worry about anything but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. So here's point number one of your taking notes. The believer should not worry. The believer should not worry wife because worrying is simply not a productive thing to do.
In fact, when we worry it's really a failure on our part to trust God. It's interesting that the word worry comes from a word that can translate out to to choke.
That's a worry. Does that sort of chilled shoe in a while ago my grandkids and I were playing words or wrestling little bit. They were like choking me from behind and in one of them jumped on my back was hanging on my neck and I said okay get off now and they really enjoy that. They came over the next them and they said pop-up. That's what they call me and we choke you again. No pop-up wants to live to give another sermon someday. That's a worry because it just shows you well. It creates a mental and emotional strangulation in your life. It doesn't make things better worry actually make things worse because when you worry about the future you cripple yourself in the present. Listen to this worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Let me repeat that worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Jesus said don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
There's an old fable that is told of the D that death went to visit a certain town and his death was walking in a man stop death and said what are you doing. That said, I'm going to that town and I want to take 100 lives today. The men said that's horrible and he ran ahead of death and warned everybody that death was coming. As the day came to an end and the sun was setting.
The men met death again and said you said you were only going to take 100 lives, but up thousand people die what happened. That said, I kept my word, I only took 100 worry took the rest.
That's how worry works in our lives.
So the believer should not worry for Greg Laurie will have the second half of this message in just a moment, everybody Greg Laurie here in finding you to join me every weekend for what we call Harvest at Home.
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It's a Bible study and its wherever you wanted to be in your home in your car sitting on a beach walking down the street watching it on your phone wherever you are taking with you to be ministered to every weekend. Join us for Harvest at Home@harvest.org or glad your long for pastor Greg's message today. The final presentation and is quarantine life series is a study called the cure worry. Listen to this point number two if you're taking notes instead of worrying I should rejoice instead of worrying I should rejoice look at Paul's words.
Philippians 44 rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. Know this rejoicing is a scriptural command if it's not a suggestion, you are commanded to rejoice, let me take it a step further to fail to rejoice his actual disobedience to God.
Now notice it says rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice cuter after rejoice in your circumstances. I think sometimes Christians think that whatever happens, they should rejoice in it. I'm so thankful that I just wrecked my car. I'm so thankful that I found out I'm very sick.
No cares what you say. I'm so thankful that despite the fact that I wrecked my car and I'm sick God is still on the throne and he still loves me. I'm so thankful that God according to Romans 828 can cause all things to work together for good to those of love the Lord so that's what it means. Rejoice in the Lord, not merely in your circumstances, you know, I think a lot of people just take themselves a bit too seriously. There always a downer. And if you notice people love to judge you now on social media, especially if you post a photo though the comment. What about social distancing wire to wearing a mask you know and people are just very negative right now and for very critical right now and there's a lot of division right now you know I think when this virus first hit. We heard all of the scary Newsweek. We pulled together we did our part we sheltered in place and and now that were beginning to be able to go out again. People are upset in their angry and now everything seems to be dividing along political lines and maybe one more divided than we have ever been so it's good that just lighten up a little bit you know the Bible says that when you have a relationship with God.
There is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more.
Solomon writes in Proverbs 1515 a cheerful heart is a continual feast.
So rejoice that football is a looking.
He said Mr. Wright, looking for anyone to be depressed, it's me. If anyone can be down it's me.
If anyone facing an uncertain future.
As I write these words, it's me.
But here's what I'm saying, you rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.
Listen to this verse that talks about how to face adversity in Habakkuk 317 to 18 it says even though the fig trees have no blossoms. There are no grapes on the vine. Even though the olive crop fails in the fields like empty and barren. Even though the fox died in the fields and the cattle barns are empty. I will rejoice in the Lord all be joyful, and the God of my salvation. What the words of a crazy man know the words of a man who knew that God was still in control. The words of a person that knows their loved by God. Just as you are, we could update this verse in it would say something along these lines, even though the economy has tanked in their downsizing their work in the insurance rates are up to. My car is out of gas. I'm joyful in the God of my salvation. Again, no matter what's going on.
I can rejoice in the Lord, you know God's plans for you are still good and he is promised he'll never leave you or forsake you. Think about this.
Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching the gospel and we read at midnight Paul and Silas sing praises to God, know they were literally in a Roman dungeon, their backs had been torn open with the Roman with printed midnight. Their singing praises to God and the other prisoners are listening listen the midnight hour is not the easiest time to sing praises to God, nor is it easiest time to sing his praises. When you're in the doctor's office waiting for the results of your lab test you just had done or and when you're in the hospital waiting room when your loved one is having surgery or a thousand other scenarios that we can come up with so there are three steps you need to take if you want to find the cure to worry. Write this down three things you need to do if you want to find a cure to worry number one it's right praying verses 6 to 7 right praying number two right-thinking. That's verse eight, and finally right living. That's verse nine right praying right-thinking right living.
Let's start with the first one right praying. The next time you're tempted to worry.
Pray instead, we need to get into the habit of turning to God. When we feel worrying approaching and develop what we might call a conditioned reflex. Okay let me compare a natural reflex to a conditioned reflex natural reflex is what I immediately feel without even being told I should feel it Fritz, it's up I put my hand and fire. I'm even pull my hand back because why it's hot and it hurts right that's a natural reflex. A conditioned reflex is something I learned to do. For instance, if I'm at a sporting event.
Remember those we used to go to sporting events, and someone says are some of going to sing the national anthem. What we do. We all stand we stand out of respect for our nation, or if we are giving the Pledge of Allegiance. We put our hand over our heart we learn to do that. That wasn't natural. That is what you would call a conditioned reflex. Think about when you first learn how to drive a car. Member what that was like you're so excited and then you got behind the wheel of this vehicle and there's so many things to remember. I don't know why but I learned to drive on a stick shift car instead of an automatic transmission starting up with an automatic transmission but all the shipping in the clutch and the break-in you you hit the break instead of the clutch and in the gears are grinding and always enjoyed to think about, then you're coming to turning off five to turn my signal on, you know, and you turn it on its belly up to turn it off and all these things and then after a while you drive a little bit. Now you just get in your car. You don't even think about it because you've developed what you would call a conditioned reflex you. You know how to drive now okay so now let's apply this to worry when trouble comes our way, and it does doesn't it.
When bad news comes our way when something scary happens. Our first inclination are natural reflex if you will, is to worry. Oh no worry panic. But here's what you need to teach yourself to do will call this a learned reflex you pray instead. So, the moment you start to panic.
You turn your panic into a prayer you turn your worry in to worship you turn to God immediately. That is what Paul is telling us that we should do develop this conditioned reflex and put the matter in the hands of God. What is he tell us to do in this cure for worry in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God in everything by prayer we pray about the big stuff.
Don't forget the little stuff because little problems concern the big problems especially if there neglected. Maybe they go. I can handle this and this and never be a problem for me and one day it's a big problem. A little things turn in the big things.
Think about David and Goliath that we call Goliath the giant. He was in a mythical character. He was just a big dude.
That's all 9'6" tall solid muscle covered in body armor with a giant shield and a really big sword facing up with David Shepherd boy arm, basically with a slingshot, but even sized up his giant and realized his God was bigger than this giant that he was facing. Think about this so client wasn't always a giant he once was a little baby really was a big baby is all right, nobody ever wanted to change Goliath diapers I did last time you do it yeah so the little baby turned into a giant little problems become big problems and it's interesting because in the story of David and Goliath there in the belly of Eli Goliath was down in this valley that separated the Philistine army from the Israeli army and he says send someone down here to fight me and if I win the battle, then you serve us in the your representative wins the battle will serve you and then we read some times people Mrs. Goliath started coming up into the camp of the Israelites. So then, just in the Valley he's getting in their face become a man who's going to fight me. That's how those little sins can be. They get bigger and bigger so we need to remember and everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
When you pray instead of worrying and you rejoice instead of panic. You will have God's supernatural peace. Let me say that again when you pray instead of worry and when you rejoice instead of panic. You will have peace look good.
Philippians 47 Paul writes in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard you might want to underline that word it will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Paul uses a military term here guard. He seemed God's peace will literally stand guard around your heart and protect you if in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. It's as though Sgt. peace is been assigned to watch over you.
So when you go to sleep at night when you lay your head on the pillow in your mind is flooded with worry, you can say Lord I cast all of my care upon you because your word tells me that you care for me and you can experience the peace of God that passes human under standing. You see, it will stand guard over the two areas of your life that cause worry, that's a hard, our emotions are wrong, feelings, and over our mind, that the wrong thinking.
So if you want to overcome worry. It starts with the right frame great glory. Good practical insight today and how we can avoid worry in our lives. And there's more to come as this study continues here on a new beginning for a replay of today's helpful message you can go to harvest.org just look for the study, called the cure to worry or to order a copy on CD. Call 1-800-821-3300. That's 1-800-821-3300 Pastor Greg. I remember a local quarantine order came down where I live and would basically said all right, everybody stay home and I understand that within minutes. Just minutes the local supermarkets were overrun with people panic shopping.
Should we ever be afraid that you know we just gonna run out of food and God's gonna let us die. No, I don't think we do. And I think you remember the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II and he said to America. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Any other good point there because GE your fear of what may happen can override what actually is happening and a lot of the problems we've had in the supermarkets is not with the lack of supply.
It's rather because people are being irrational and basically their hoarding so II think that we need to just be reasonable about these things and you know we want to be prepared for the future, but we certainly don't want to worry about it you know it when Jesus addresses in the sermon on the run.
He said look at the bird you know you and your father takes care of them. You know of any other means by burgeon of the get up every morning. This morning I was I was woken up by the little birds chirping and die in their always singing and yet they don't have the promises of God in their life like we do. A bird doesn't have the assurance of eternal life, like the Christian has but they wake up every morning just chirping away happily welcoming the new day. I've never seen a bird popping the volume but I think there you know they just know that intuitively, that everything's fine. You know there's an old Palm that goes along these lines, said the Robin to the sparrow, and I'd really like to know why these anxious human beings rush about in worry so said the sparrow to the Robin friend.
I think that it must be that they have no heavenly father such as, cares for you and me. So I then can it conveys the idea that that God takes care of nature.
Jesus is look at the birds look at the flowers. They neither toil nor spin, but your father takes care of them and Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these and then hears Israel point he's building up to so seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. He did not say don't think about the things of life, but he said don't worry about these things and he pointed to the birds he pointed to the flowers as an illustration, so we need to take that the hard so to help you to do that back I deal with that text or more of from the sermon on the Mount by the way, in my brand-new book that I've just written called bringing Christ into your crisis and basically it's a book that deals with fear, anxiety, worry, in the light of covert, 19, and all the problems that it is brought on our culture and I want to give this to you for free. Let's say that again and put Ed going at this time, Dave. I want to give it to you for free. That's right because I want you to have a listen if you can send a gift to support our ministry. We would really appreciate it because we want to keep reaching more people with the gospel, not only here in the new beginning but also through our online church service that happens every Sunday that we call Harvest at Home that you can watch at harvest online. We're seeing I'm not exaggerating people we are seeing thousands of people coming to Jesus Christ.
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