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March 30, 2021 7:05 am
When consumed by worry Jesus said seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all things will be added to limit all over things you been worried about so to rid yourself of worry God's word will suddenly become meaningful and you will think publicly and situations will come that will be hard to hear and you will immediately go to verse you just been studying and it'll give you the strength of the structure to go right through that time. The sin of trying to control things over which we have no control. It's the sin that causes us to take complicated issues into our own hands, attempting to manipulate people and circumstances to suit our personal desires today on Insight for living trust helps us confront this enemy of our soul's courage comes from Jesus sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6 we read a comforting passage in which Jesus reminded us that he's fully aware of the concerns we carry the title.
Today's message our favorite sin.
You cannot serve two masters. Verse 24 of Matthew six you serve one of the other. In this case it was wealth.
Now he gets in the subject of worry. That's why he says, for this reason as he connects verse 24 with verse 25. Remember, Jesus is speaking is not giving them versus for this reason not say to you, and now he gives repeated commands you haven't marked them yet.
Get out your pin. I really mean it and be ready to mark for times in this passage the very are virtually the same words that Jesus gave look, if you will. Adverse 25 I say to you, do not be worried at the command not a suggestion, he repeats it yet again yet again. Verse 31 do not worry.
Verse 34 do not worry but never heard preaching like this in their life about relevant about standing about convicting. Do not worry do not worry stop it.
It corrodes your inner peace. You are obsessed with things that you have no business dealing with are spending your energy on and even ads tomorrow when you get down to verse 34.
Do not worry about tomorrow. What a waste.
His hat so I suggest after seeing the commands that you look at the questions. Just look at the role right here in front of you. There are five of them and they sound similar to verse 25. Last part of it is not life more than food and the body more than clothing to get serious is your whole life more than lunch or supper or your plans for the meal tomorrow. Verse 26. After talking about the little birds come back to them later, but what he says in the end the verse, aren't you worth much more than birds. If he can feed birds he could feed you may not be the diet you planned may not be the food we would've chosen were not God. What a relief to know that we are not the ones who were sovereign God is what you worth much more than verse 27 there's another one who can worry an extra hour to your life you're so worried about your age you quit. 28. Why are you worried about clothing goodness you probably like.
I understand the closet filled with choices. God clothes you, he's your clothier depicts what you're aware he provides what you put on your body, what are you worried about your clothing in one God do more for you than grass. Look at verse 30 look at this one will he not do much more for you than what's done for grass grass.
What an absolute waste of time. What an eloquent proof of our preoccupation with the temporal is our world of worry for most your worry list is much longer than your prayer list when it comes to food, 26 look at what he says look at look at the look at the birds of the year they were outside the gentle slope above the sea of Galilee. There are birds feed on the on on the plants around their get their drink some water from the lake and look at the birds look at the little bird. He takes care of everyone.
Are you not worth much more than they made in the image of God to little lower than the angels with lying to know God and a heart to love God and the will to obey God. Animals don't have that you're worth much more, and if you do that for the how much more will he do for you. Would you believe that when it comes to clothing, 28, are you worried about clothing observe the lilies of the field and how they grow, they don't they don't toiler spin. All of these close but the one who is made and we have the audacity to doubt that God himself can't clothe us. Please observe the words.
All these things, which appears more than once in this passage, he knows that you have need of verse 32. All these things in the verse. All these things. 33.
All these things. I taught you to observe repeated statements.
There it is again again again all day LOL all okay LOL everything you could name. He's aware of it. He knows everything.
He scrutinized my pad them as well acquainted with all my ways.
I LOL all my ways and all your ways.
All these things. In fact, he really rebukes is inverted to the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, what a rebuke to a Jewish audience to them. Gentiles were dogs that no master the Dragon there.
He then there without whole demo master. They know God. They trusted their creator.
He's speaking to a Jewish audience and he said you you living like Gentiles is convicting words.
In conclusion, versus 31 and 32 or worth noting. 31. Look at it. Those who were remodeled the lifestyle of the pagan, don't worry than what will you do what will drink, or what were going clothe ourselves with the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things and you have a heavenly father who need.
Who knows, you need all of these things. You have a father in these agencies times he hears everything he knows it all and he understands you and me beautiful.
I love the line up their words said who of you by being worried. Verse 27 can add a single hour to his life, worry yourself to a younger year when the most common wars among people his age age age is one of life's involuntary realities growing old is a fact. Growing up is a choice. I suggest we grow up, especially as we grow older, I love the question that Satchel Paige once asked a newscaster, Satchel Paige, a picture of the old baseball team and got older and older. They were all talking about the get a great answer. He said yes.
How would you be if you didn't know how you are. That's a good question, so I would ask you a Satchel Paige question how would you be if you did know how you are. If I hang around long enough I'll tell you because I hear your attitude is he a good attitude as it is worth far more than a younger age, especially as some get older and become increasingly more crotchety and better hard to get along with complaining fussing about this. You realize a year ago we were begging God for rain realize that.
Oh God, whatever, but were getting whatever I know, I know it's been a lot expected and wanted but minimalist logos will be Sam Ward worth the rain we are again fussing about what isn't. Stop it. Someone hasn't told you that directly hear it from me today. It isn't easy to be around you when your attitude stinks. It isn't easy to be around me with my stinks. How would I be if I didn't know how old I am.
Everything would depend on my attitude little Peanuts cartoon Lucy is leaning on Schroeder's piano. She says I dread getting old will you love me when I'm old and crabby. She asked Schroeder he shrugs and says you you you don't have to be crabbing. You know, I know that Lucy answers but it's hard to change. Schroeder says not if you change gradually you could be nice in the morning and crabby in the afternoon. She said, but I'd still be old all day no answers and to satisfy if you're preoccupied with your age. We tell you nobody else is nobody else is even aware of your exact age. I am amazed at how people live to get out of there were so they can retire nothing wrong with retirement. Everything is wrong with playing golf 14 times a week and fussing about it when you're home something wrong when you turn into something is hard to live with the cards retired by dad retired the light without dislike 65 years old. He was obligated to retire. He had a good 10 more years. He could be doing what he been doing and would be better at it than ever, but it was a mandatory thing then think about before you plan to make your life miserable for your husband. Think about will retirement help your attitude and will keep working, keep working that you want to give you a couple of tips that will help and I have a story that you will never forget tip number one your son to start the motel you Zumba stop based on what we read in verse 33 seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all the other things will be added to limit all the things all the things you been worried about start putting first things first, this'll sob the word problem start putting first things first. What's first things, time spent in getting his word understood and applied memory will choke on it worry.
So to rid yourself of worry God's word will suddenly become meaningful and for a change. You won't be a Bible ignoramus you will learn your way through the Scriptures and you will think biblically and situations will come that will be hard to hear and you'll admittedly go to the verse you just been studying and it'll give you the strength of the structure to go right through that time. Shocked, though you may be with the information start putting first things first, prayer first thing in the morning. Very first thing not know when the breakfast will talk about that more in a few moments, but Dale was start for you ever put your feet on the on the run prayer that you bring before God to compare yourself or whatever the David report first things for your something to stop the verse 34. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own. Stop.
Stop living more than one day at a time to great tip you hear it and you will leave this place and you'll be worried about tomorrow. If you're not different than you were when you came in these little things seem to be small things something. I mean you're facing this huge thing in pray. It seems so, so simple, so even insignificant material. There are times when you do something that seems simple and insignificant, but it makes a world of difference in your life and the lives of others. In his book the fall of fortresses Elmer men diner tells the remarkable story of a B-17 flying Fortress that flew bombing mission over Germany.
Toward the end of second world war the bomber while flying took several hits from Nazi antiaircraft a few actually get the fuel tank but there was no explosion. No explosion in what many would call a miracle. The crippled aircraft literally made it back without exploding.
And as the engines were spluttering, having just then run out of gas. Just enough to land without crashing all the crew safe and amazed that they hadn't gone down over Germany after landing 11 unexploded 20 mm shells were carefully removed from the bomber's fuel tank. Listen to this. 11 shells were removed from the tank to everyone's amazement, all of them were empty of explosive material. Why, how could it be, why would the enemy fire empty shelves in two of the American bomber. The mystery was solved when a small note was found inside one of the casings handwritten in check. The language of Czechoslovakia translated it read. This is all we can do for you now. The note was quickly folded and left in the casing.
This is all we can do for you now.
They spent time studying the note and thinking in some insightful individual realized a member of the check underground captured by the Nazis in working in the Nazi munitions factory had deliberately committed had deliberately augmented the explosives in at least 11 of the shells on his assembly line, not knowing if the sabotage effort would prove effective. He decided to write a note quickly and slip it into the empty shell and sealed it, hoping that someone one day benefited from his secret efforts might that day discover why that same person may have later died when he was found out by the Nazis and killed.
He may have wondered if his secret work ever made any difference as he did his best to subvert the Nazi war machine whenever making a difference. That simple little act of sabotage. It did for the crew of the flying fortress and save their lives. There was an entire flying fortress crew who had this unknown brave workmen who spoke a language they don't even understand they had him to thank for their lives for their future. Never underestimate the power of what seems small and insignificant. Never those who learn to live like that, find that there worry world decreases because of her spending time doing first things first, and living today.
Today I speak to men and women alike. Some of you are you got your masters degree in worrying of is if you don't worry as much as you used to and I commend you but you still are nagged by worries.
I want to rid you will all of so to make you deal okay here's the deal. All through this week before you are I get out of bed before we ever put our little tootsies on the floor and go to the bathroom or whatever we do. First before we ever step down to pray Lord I want your will, today, and I wanted your way and I want the contentment of trusting you to do what is best for me that's the prayer I want your will, Lord, and I wanted to be done your way in your timing and then I want you to give me a contentment piece that I've rarely had as I live this day.
Remind me through the day. The day is in your hand deal five people said the I give you one more chance deal.
Now you talking okay 99 you don't do it you will be hit by lightning. Just kidding.
Come on would be great if thunder hit you forgot to bring you step down, you know, like like last Sunday.
I'm preaching and all of a sudden there's a pause in thunder we go. Thank you Lord.
We will run over there point may you be reminded of the deal.
I give you my word day this week I will begin it just like I described it, you and are in this together day I will guarantee you your worry will be less.
I want to say it'll end some of you been Col. skunks a long time and you got attached to them, but little by little, you learn to live without him and you'll find out what you've been missing for most of your life. You know what you will even care how old you are when you really deal with this matter. Worry you will.
But you're going to keep on picking up my close it's want you to know that. Let's bow together more. You heard everything that was said by any part of it that wasn't from you, be quickly forgotten.
For me the truth that is lifted from the print on these pages take root makes sense and make a difference each day of this coming week to start with, remind us Lord of this commitment we made and as we meet with you even though it's very brief. May our meeting with you. Introduce a wonderful sense of peace, contentment, and you are in charge and you do all things well. We trust you for this father in the name of Jesus.
Her master Savior hereby said deal. I get outta here at Insight for living. Our prayer is that today's message in the hope. Jesus offered in his sermon on the Mount allow the burden to be lifted from your shoulders. Chuck Swindoll titled his study in Matthew chapter 6, our favorite sin and to learn more about this ministry. Please visit us email@example.com, whether you are wrestling with worry. Today were trying to control the uncontrollable of remind your check is written an in-depth book on this topic and others.
It's all based on Jesus teaching through his sermon on the Mount trucks book is titled simple faith in simple faith. Chuck dispels the myth that spiritual maturity means that we relinquish our brains to a faith that has no intellectual basis or that we somehow dismiss the concerns that obviously deserve our complete attention balancing between faith and concern is a delicate process and we believe that this classic book about Jesus sermon on the Mount will guide you again. Chuck's book is called simple faith to purchase a copy right now. Call us if you're listening in the United States dial 1-800-772-8888 or go directly to Insight.org/store. In addition, you might like to add the message called finding healing through forgiveness. This is a complete unabridged recording of a message Chuck delivered, including a stirring personal testimony from his wife Cynthia in this message Chuck describes a deeply troubling season. Early in his marriage when he was worried about his family and his future. Cynthia also describes how she found emotional healing through a humbling process of seeking the forgiveness of her in-laws. So to resources at your disposal today. First Chuck's book on Jesus sermon of all sermons simple faith, and second, a message called finding healing through forgiveness to purchase either resource or both. Call us your listening in the US dial 1-800-772-8888 or go online to Insight.org/store to support Chuck Swindoll's Bible teaching ministry with a voluntary donation. We invite you to go online to Insight.org don't miss Chuck Swindoll's message Wednesday on Insight for living. The preceding message. Our favorite sin was copyrighted in 2015 and 2021 and the sound recording was copyrighted in 2021 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. all rights are reserved worldwide.
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