Topics: Jesus, don't worry, fear, anxiety
I. Embrace your worth
* We don't need to worry as God's beloved children!
- "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?" (Matthew 6:25, 26).
- I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well . . . How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand (Psalm 139:14, 17, 18a).
II. Live your faith
* We don't need to worry when we trust God's sovereignty!
- "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!" (Matthew 6:27-30; see also Philippians 4:6, 7).
- If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED" (Romans 10:9-11).
III. Seek right priorities
* We don't need to worry when we seek God's priorities first!
- "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:31-34).
- See Colossians 3:1-4.
Sermon by Pastor Rod Akins May 29th, 2022