Why Are You Worried, Fearful, Burdened and Stressed?
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
November 1, 2015
Central Passage
Luke 12:22-34
First Sunday Service

Commentary - "Do Not Be Anxious Over Your Life" by Don Schwager

     "Why does the Lord command his disciples to not be anxious about anything? Certainly food and clothing are proper concerns. What makes these concerns foolish and harmful is thinking and acting anxiously about them. Jesus specifically says "do not be of anxious mind" (Luke 12:29). The root word for "anxiety" literally means "being of two minds".  An anxious person is divided, "tossed to and fro", and often paralyzed by indecision. Fear of failure or some bad outcome usually cripples those afflicted with anxiety.  What can free us from anxiety?  The apostle Peter tells us to "cast all our anxieties on God, for he cares about us" (1 Peter 5:7).  Trust and submission to God is the antidote to self-concern and anxiety for one's life.  Our Father in heaven knows our needs better than we do.  Do you place your security in what you possess or in God who possesses you as his beloved son or daughter?

     Jesus uses the illustration of nature — the birds and the flowers — to show how God provides for them in the natural order of his creation. How much more can we, as his children, rely upon God's providential care? God is utterly reliable.  In the Lord's Prayer we are reminded that God is our provider when we pray: Give us this day our daily bread.  What is bread, but the very staple of life and symbol of all that we need to live and grow.  Anxiety is neither helpful nor necessary. It robs us of faith and confidence in God's help and it saps our energy for doing good. Jesus admonishes his followers to put away anxiety and preoccupation with material things and instead to seek first the things of God — his kingdom and righteousness.  Anxiety robs the heart of trust in the mercy and goodness of God and in his loving care for us.  God knows our needs even before we ask and he gives generously to those who trust in him.  Do you cast your cares and concerns upon the Lord with trust and faith?

"Lord, free me from needless worries and help me to put you first in my thoughts and concerns.  May I seek your kingdom and righteousness above all else and live each day with gratitude and trust for your providential care for me". 

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