Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Worry”

by | Aug 11, 2020

  • Worry seems impossible to escape.
  • Worry often goes unrecognized because it’s so normalized.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:4-5)
  • You are not alone. God is close.
  • You have every reason and right to be worried, except for the reality that God is is near.
Do not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6)
  • That sounds like impossible advice. How can you not be anxious about anything when it feels like there’s reason to be anxious about everything!
  • Paul is writing these words from a prison cell from which – as far as he knew – he was awaiting his trial and death.
…but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • The reasons to worry they are plenty, they are real, and they are powerful. But, there is a deeper reality than the worries of life, and that’s God’s presence.
  • God’s nearness can produce in your life a peace that overrides and pushes back anxiousness.
  • There is a big difference between worry and concern. They might have some overlapping qualities and emotions, but there is a big difference.
  • Worry is the continuous speculation of what might go wrong. It’s an anticipation of chaos or loss. It can be described as ‘what if’ thinking.
  • To worry is to be concerned and forget to include God in the picture. Worry = concern without God.
  • The difference between worry and concern is how you position God in relationship to your trouble.
  • The promise is peace when we include God in our problem.
  • Worry is the fruit of the belief that God is going to let you down.
  • Both worry and peace have a lot to do with where you look.
  • Jesus says:
    • “Look at the birds of the air…(v26)
    • “See how the flowers of the field grow. (v28)
    • “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness (v33)
    • Jesus makes this connection that our level of worry and our degree of peace seems to have everything to do with where we are looking.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. (Matthew 6:22-23)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Preached on Aug 9, 2020

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