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Free from Worry

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January 2, 2022 7:00 am

Free from Worry

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January 2, 2022 7:00 am

Worry has become one of the most widespread and debilitating ailments of our time. It’s been labeled, fear in search of a cause and worry affects Christians just as it afflicts the world at large. Is there a cure? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he looks at worry from God’s perspective and offers an antidote to the age-old malady of anxiety.

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It said there was a first century Greek Christian who was renamed the man who never worries dietary ghosts Amber and Doss discovered the antidote to one of life's greatest maladies a cure that still available in the fearful modern world in which we live to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically worry is one of the most widespread and debilitating diseases of our time and millions suffer its effects. Where can return if not to sedatives in psychiatry for relief.

Listen now as Dr. Boyce explores the Christians cure for the disease. We know as worry several years ago Time magazine published a cover story on the presence of anxiety in America. The article was entitled, the age of anxiety and it said that the accelerated pace and high tension of modern life has produced intense anxiety and many millions of people, so much so in fact, that it would be correct to call worry one of the most widespread end debilitating ailments of our time. Time wrote, not merely the grim statistics of murder, suicide, alcoholism and divorce betray anxiety or that special form of anxiety which is guilt but almost any innocent everyday act. The limb or over hearty handshake. The second pack of cigarettes or the third martini, the forgotten appointment. The stammer in midsentence. The wasted hour before the TV set the spank child the new car unpaid for the writers added that these symptoms are intensified for many of us by the dominant American myths that the old can grow young.

The indecisive can become leaders of men. The housewives can become glamour girls. The glamour girls can become actresses and slow witted can become intellectuals in this analysis. Time was, I believe that it's best for its true that worry is with us and that millions of persons, some of them Christians are troubled by it is not well defined. Perhaps the very vagueness of anxiety is its worst feature. Still, it's quite real.

Someone is called anxiety fear in search of a cause and Kierkegaard once wrote, no grand inquisitor has in readiness. Such terrible tortures as anxiety is a cure for anxiety. The only solutions the time knew were sedatives in psychiatry. Fortunately, the Bible offers an entirely different and far more effective cure for Christians. I know that at this point, someone may be saying you mean to tell me that Christians those who have been saved from sin and who come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord, that Christians can experience the same type of warrior describing the answer is not only can Christians worry many of them do, and what is more, because Jesus who knew what was in man knew this would be true. It was anxiety, perhaps more than any other personal failure against which he most warned his followers in the list of warnings that begin in the middle of the sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, therefore I say unto you, will be not anxious for your life, what you shall eat or what usual drink, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. For after all these things to the Gentiles seek your heavenly father know with that you have need of these things but seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. I am glad that the translators of the new Scofield Bible as well as the translators of most modern versions do not retain the old King James expressions in this passage the King James Bible says, therefore take no thought for your life and again, take no thought for the morrow.

This translation has misled some persons in the thinking that Jesus was warning against working for living or against making proper provision for the future but he was not actually the case here where the words have just changed their meaning in the original Greek and in the English of the time of King James the meaning was just stop worrying all meant the same thing when he told the Philippians be careful for nothing. According to Jesus. Christians must not be anxious or worried about anything for worry as well as a love of money and possessions or a judgmental attitude toward others will stifle the Christian life and ruin our witness is very important. If were to understand the essential point of these verses we recognize the clear outline that we have here the clue to what is found in the repetition of the word.

Therefore, in verses 2531 and 34. It's been said by someone that whatever in your reading of the Bible you come upon the word therefore you should not go on until you understand what it's there for. And if that's true for one instance of the word. Well it's much truer when the word is repeated several times over. Therefore really means, because or because of this bus immediately recognized in these verses Jesus gives a conclusion in each case identical based on three things that have been said previously because of the teaching in verse 24.

The question is not worry because of the truth in verses 26 through 30. The question is not to worry. Finally, because of the teaching in verses 32 and 33 the Christian is not to worry, the entire section contains three points which, in each case are followed by the identical conclusion of what are these three teachings. The first is found in verse 24, which is properly speaking the conclusion to Christ's words about money. That section of the sermon. Jesus taught the love of money was harmful because it's impossible for a person to serve God and money at the same time. Now he says that for the same reason. His followers are not to be anxious about some future happening or provision. I think we can see this truth in two ways.

First, we can remember the first question of the Westminster shorter catechism that says what is the chief end of man and it answers man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. That is an accurate description of our Christian service and it's evident that we cannot be serving God by glorifying him. If we are constantly filled with doubt about his ability to take care of us the other way we can understand Christ's first point is by the old clich. If you're worrying you're not trusting and if you're trusting you're not worrying.

That of course is literally true. And it's a proper restatement of Christ's first warning that you cannot serve God and worry.

One scholar is written. This recognize the habitual attitude of the unsaved human heart set of many Christian hearts to board the problems and difficulties of life.

God commands us to stop perpetually worrying about even one thing we commit sin when we worry we do not trust gone when we worry we do not receive answers to our prayers. When we worry because we are not trusting the second reason that we are not to worry, is not so much a logical one is this first reason, but one that involves knowledge. It's a reminder of the fact that every Christian should know the fact that God is both able and willing to care for those who trust him.

Jesus said, behold the fowls of the air they so not need to do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly father fetus them. Are you not much better than they where he anxious for Raymond. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not be there today spin. Yet I send you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you all ye of little faith, using the importance of these verses. It's not merely that were commanded not to worry were also given reasons we are to know on this basis that the command not to worry is based upon the demonstrable ability of God to take care of us. The apostle Peter was one among many Christians will learn this lesson in the early days of his association with Jesus. He was worried about many things.

First had courage to walk upon the water, he began to look at the waves and became so worried that he began to sink.

He was worried that one point that Jesus might not pay his taxes. He was worried about who might betray him was worried that Jesus might have to suffer so rebuke him on one occasion and sought to defend him with the sword. On another Peter was great warrior, but after he had come to know Jesus better. He learned that Jesus was able not only to take care of himself but also to take care of Peter must wear the end of his life in his first epistle he wrote other Christians telling them that they were to live by worrying, but by casting all your care upon him, for he Caras for you on this verse, the word care.

The same word that we have in the sermon on the Mount. The word cast is not the normal word for throwing something in Greek is the word Bilo from which we get the word ball. This is a word that signifies an definite act of the will, by which we stop worrying about things and let God assume the responsibility for our welfare. Finally, the second word care.

The phrase he carrots for you is not the word worry but literally means, for he is mindful of you and of your interests. God thinks about you that is what Peter means that is what he had learned that is what he encourages you to learn. Also, the final reason that Jesus gives us to teach is not to worry, is one that appeals to experience Jesus said but seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

In other words, make it your business to seek God's interests and follow his way and then see if all of your physical needs do not come to you effortlessly and without any necessity on your part for taking thought about them. You know the bliss of that statement personally. You know it's truth, you don't. It may be that you have never had that hunger and thirst after righteousness.

The Jesus speaks of earlier in the sermon or the poverty of spirit. The Jesus asked for, and those who should inherit God's kingdom member.

Christ's teaching recorded just a few verses earlier lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Now I know that at this point, someone may be saying.

I can see from all the reasons you've been giving that I ought not to worry but still I do worry is the right answer. If there is what is the solution for me personally I believe that the answer to this question is a very simple one with three parts. First, you must recognize that all of the promises that Christ is making in the sermon on the Mount are for Christians only.

If you are not a Christian or are uncertain whether you are Christian or not, you must begin by straightening out this question every so often someone says to me God's promise to take care of all our needs. How come there's so much poverty and deprive nation in the world. The answer is that the promises of God's care for Christian people only they are for those who have accepted that death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the one sufficient ground for their salvation. If you do not believe these things in the promises of God's care are not for you. Second, if you are a believer you need to add to your initial experience of salvation. All you can learn about God's nature and his ability to care for his people.

Most Sundays in my church, I begin the worship service with a passage that teaches this exactly. It's Matthew 1128 through 30, and to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. In other words, we are to learn all we can about Jesus Christ. As we learn about and we will grow strong in faith, knowing that he is able to do the things he has promised. Finally, you need to get in the habit of turning to God when ever you feel worry approaching your reaction should be something like a conditioned reflex. We all know what normal reflexes if you are working in the kitchen and accidentally get your hand to close to the stove. Your body will jerk the hand back do not need to think about it. It comes naturally. A conditioned reflex is exactly the same except that it needs to be learned. A conditioned reflex may be illustrated by the reaction you have in stepping on the brake when you see a red light suddenly your rising to your feet when someone begins to play the Star-Spangled Banner.

These reactions are almost automatic, but they do not result from instinct. They result from training or practice the same way. We need to reflexes that will turns to the Lord at the first sign of trouble. Most persons have reactions of one sort or another person stowed in upon themselves whenever they see trouble approaching others turn to some other person. Some time to drink. Your task as a Christian is to supplant these or any other reactions you may have with the behavioral pattern turns you toward God. You do not you will worry if you do, you will increasingly come to know that define tranquility that passes all understanding that is able to give you peace even in a time of great storm. One of the early Greek manuscripts from the first centuries of the Christian era is a record of a man whose name was Teddy us, lameness.

The first part of that name is a proper name. The second part is made up of the Greek word for worry.

Plus, the prefix meaning not or never. Other words, the second name is a descriptive epithet like the second part of Frederick the great door.

James the just in this case, many of thought the man was originally a pagan who constantly worried, but who, after he became a Christian stopped worrying. He was then called to Teddy us, lameness to Teddy us. The man who never worries.

Can you add that statement to your name. You should be able to write John Smith Betty Jones Charles Miller Susan Moore or whatever your name may be, and then add one who never worries in our father, we thank you for the victory over worry, that is, therefore, all will receive it. There are those worrying and this hour we asked that you will speak to them with great comfort draw them to yourself and teach them the reality of that divine peace that passes understanding. We pray in the name of him was the author and source of all peace. Even our Lord Jesus Christ, amen. You're listening to the Bible study hours featuring the teaching of Dr. James Boyce. We hope you're enjoying the series on the sermon on the Mount last broadcast over 50 years ago. You know these timeless messages are useful and relevant whenever there and that's why the alliance of confessing Evangelicals can move confidently into the future as the Bible study our and our other broadcast ministries continue to grow.

Alliance podcasts are reaching a new generation where they live. Alliance websites like Reformation 21 days for truth showcase the writings of today's leading thinkers. Building upon centuries of reformed insight. Reformed events are historic gatherings of respected teachers and speakers and reformed brings it all together, offering trustworthy audio, video, books and other materials to strengthen and grow your faith connect with the alliance of confessing Evangelicals today at the Bible study our God at work. Select the green donate button and join us in proclaiming biblical doctrine in order to foster reformed awakening today's church fighting the trials that God allows in our lives leads only to stress and worry. We are often more concerned about getting outs of our problems than looking at what we can get out of them. Dr. Donald Gray Barnhouse explains God's plan for a more worry free life by accepting our hardships in this week's free CD offer entitled why worry. This free offer is our way of saying thanks for listening and call us at 1-800-488-1888 will be happy to send you a copy of why worry that number again is 1-800-488-1888, your prayers and generous support of the Bible study our helps us to offer biblical solutions to the problems of our time and draw people to the Savior. You can make a one-time contribution or a monthly pledge by calling us directly at 1-800-488-1888 or you can visit us our mailing address 600 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. Thank you. We appreciate your support for this ministry. The Bible study our is a broadcast ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals reclaiming biblical doctrine to foster reformed awakening in today's church connect with our online publishing broadcast and event by Mark Daniels zeal is generally a welcome guest in the life of a Christian, but there is a type of zeal they can ruin our witness and hurt both ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ is the passion for judging others. In the second half of Matthew six in the midst of the sermon on the Mount, Jesus had been talking about failures that will render the Christian apathetic in regard to Christian service. They are a love of money and anxiety. Both of these will have a desensitizing effect on his witness, Bertha Christian has his mind centered on things either to accumulate them more to worry about them.

He will not see God and hence he cannot serve him at this point. However, Jesus goes on to show that there is also what type of zeal that will ruin his witness.

This is a zeal for judging others, and it is harmful because it will turn a believer into a sharp and unjust critic of his Christian brothers and warning against his failure.

Jesus said judge not that you will be not judged for what judgment you judge, you shall be judged, and with what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you again why beholders thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but consider is not the beam that is in 909 run without say to thy brother people the mote out of thine eye, and behold, a beam is in thine own eye, though hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye. It's a ludicrous picture word translated.

Mote is the word the Greeks used for speck of sawdust or piece of chaff. While the word beam pointed to a huge wooden rafter or log are equivalent would be a steel girder. Jesus is therefore saying to be careful that you do not become like the hypocrite who puzzles up to another person and says oh you poor Christian you have a spec of soot in your eye doesn't see thing that everyone else can say which is so obvious has a steel girder protruding from his own joint Dr. James Boyce. Next time, Bible study, our as he exposes an appetite they can turn a believer into a sure and unjust critic of his fellow man.

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