This past weekend, at Elevation Church, I spoke about worry, anxiety, and fear.

We were able to go over some of the basics in Matthew 6:25-34.

How Jesus tells us, three different times, “do not worry”.

Because worry hurts us, it adds no value to our life, and it creates the potential for idolatry.

We talked about how the word “therefore” is extremely important in this passage. It implies a cause and effect relationship between what was just said and what is about to be said.  Jesus just finished saying that you can’t serve both God and money.  In other words, if we don’t have God at the center, if God isn’t the One we seek first, then ultimately we will serve something else.

Since I didn’t have enough time to cover all that I would have liked to in my message, I thought I would add a few other thoughts in this blog post.

APPLICATION…

People sometimes think that Jesus is making to big a deal out of this worry thing. What about things like our kids or our necessities; shouldn’t those things be okay to worry about?

Good question, but the answer is still no.

The reason isn’t that we shouldn’t be concerned for our kids or necessities.  The issue comes when we begin to worry, and in turn, stop resting in Jesus. We stop taking our worries to the Lord and try to do it on our own.  We try to control something that is uncontrollable.

This is the basic human problem.  We possess an illusion of control.

Knowing that, here are two different thoughts that might help:

1. If there is something you can do about the situation then do it. We don’t need to worry when there is something that can be done. We simply need to act.

2. If there is nothing you can do about the situation then worship through it. If we can’t do anything, then we need to simply take it to Jesus. As worship goes up worry goes down.  Worship isn’t just singing songs; worship is a lifestyle that points towards God in every aspect.

When was the last time you read your Bible?

When was the last time you really prayed?

When was the last time you asked for help from someone in the church?

When was the last time you attended a small group?

When was the last time you attended worship in a Christian community?

Are you starting to see it?

We can’t expect to receive the promises of God without seeking his presence. We MUST seek his face before we seek his hand.  Seek him first is what Jesus says and if we do “all these things will be added unto you.”

Another thing that I wasn’t able to mention on Sunday was the TRUSTING GOD BOX.

You can use any box you want, but label it the “Trusting God Box”. When you have a worry or a fear, put it in the box and seek God about it.  Then close the box.

This is a symbolic behavior that says you are putting it in the Lord’s hands and shutting the lid. If you begin to worry about it again you will need to open the lid to do so.  It creates a barrier to indulging in the destructive behavior of worry.  It allows us to intentionally surrender it to the Lord and prayerfully lay it down.

My hope is that you have found this message helpful in confronting any worry you’ve been wrestling with. If you know of others who are tangled up in worry and fear, please pass this message along.

Blessings,

-Daniel