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Sermon for January 6, 2019

Presented by Rev. Dr. Daniel Stegeman
Title: The Cure for Anxiety
Text: Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway

Six reasons not to worry as a Christian.
1. True life is more than the basic needs of life (v. 25)
2. God takes care of the birds and the flowers (v. 26, 28-29)
3. Worry and anxiety does not benefit us (v. 27)
4. Worry shows a lack of faith in God (v. 30)
5. God already knows our needs (v. 31-32)
6. Worry shows that we are preoccupied with the future (v.34)

What is the substitute/remedy for worry: Looking to Jesus in faith.

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (v. 33)

Application questions:
Having heard this message, how should your life change?
In what ways are you a slave to fear and worry?

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