Winning Against Worry

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The Bible chooses its worry language carefully.  The basic biblical word has the meaning of “to take thought” or “to be careful”.  Those are good things at first glance.  However, the Greek gives us the word picture of a divided mind.  The worries have a mind torn between the real and the possible, the immediate and the potential, the present and the future. 

The present is before us and there are actions we can take.  The future is out of our hands.  In Matthew 6:25-32, you will discover what worry is all about and how we can win against worry.

In Matthew, 6:25 worry is inconsistent
In Matthew, 6:26 worry is irrational
In Matthew, 6:27 worry is inconsistent ineffective
In Matthew, 6:28-30 worry is illogical
In Matthew 6:31-32 worry is irreligious

The important things are to keep on walking.  Do not look over your shoulder to yesterday’s happiness or sadness.  Do not dwell on yesterday’s success, do not dwell on yesterday’s distress, and do not dwell on yesterday’s mess.  One thing is always true about yesterday, it is gone, it is complete, it is out of reach, and there is nothing we can do about it.

There are some weapons you can use to win against worry when your mind is prone to anxiety; Psalms 50:15*Psalms 55:22* 1 Peter 5:7* Philippians 4:6-7

In closing, we have seen that the biblical prognosis of worry is a division of the heart.  It is a mistake to try dealing with the issues of today while dwelling on the questions of tomorrow.  We need all our energy and concentration for the here and now. We can avoid worry just like avoiding some deadly narcotic.  Seek FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and you will worry about nothing and pray about everything.

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