9/22/2009 ~ Hold Peace Above Worry

... This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:22-24

The Sting of Bitterness can take away the Joy of God.
Resting in the Lord takes worry away.

"... My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." ~ John 14:27

~ Peace of God is from within.
Jesus offers peace to each of us.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me,
those do, and the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:9

The Word once delivered is before us all.

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. ~ Romans 16:20

Worry takes us away from peace.

"... I say to you, do not worry about your life, ..." ~ Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus is specific in telling us not to worry.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
~ Psalm 94:19

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; ...
~ Psalm 139:23-24

Let God know your worries.

... "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things."
~ Luke 10:41

We are worried and troubled about much.
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~ We are called to desire His truth above any of our petty complaints.
Repeatedly, we are told not to worry.

... do not worry ... ~ Matthew 6:25

... do not worry ... ~ Matthew 6:31

... do not worry ... ~ Matthew 6:34

... men always ought to pray and not lose heart, ... ~ Luke 18:1

God calls us to grasp courage in view of His Power.

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me."
~ John 14:1

... the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7

Faith is hearts resting in Him.

... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~ 1st Peter 5:7

We live in a society of gloom and doom ...
... while we are constantly bombarded by woes.
We need to get rid of worry to be spiritual.
Many things cause us to worry.
~ We worry about our stuff, the things we cling to.
                            └─> Affluence of our age.

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But
the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:12

Life being hard with harsh experiences, tribulations causes worry.

Things that cause us to worry:
1. Our stuff
2. Life being hard
3. The future is uncertain
4. We are not in control

... besides the other things, what comes upon me daily:
my deep concern for all the churches. ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:28

We need to be concerned in our activities verses the pointlessness of worry.


Does Something   
Does Nothing

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love
the other, ... You cannot serve God and mammon. ... ~ Matthew 6:24-25

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● Worry divides and conquers.
● Worry distances us from seeing Jesus.

"... will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" ~ Matthew 6:30

... "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" ... ~ Matthew 8:25-26

... "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" ~ Matthew 14:27-31

... "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves
because you have brought no bread? ~ Matthew 16:8

"O you of little faith"
Worry denies reality and always thinks the worst.
~ It is in truth, a lack of faith.

Human Reasoning
Takes Away
Solves Problems

"Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ..."
~ Matthew 6:27-28

Worry can only take away, it gives nothing.

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, ... ~ Proverbs 12:25

Worry brings a heart down.

"... if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, ..." ~ Matthew 6:28-30

  ┌─> Does not appreciate blessings.
Worry blinds us from seeing God
                         └─> It destroys our faith.

"... your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."
~ Matthew 6:31-32

Facts of Worry (Vacuum of waste):
40% - Things that will never happen
30% - Things that we cannot change or past
22% - Things that are petty and do not matter
8% - Legitimate concerns which you can do something about

"... the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, ..."
~ Matthew 13:22

Worry makes one stagnate in Jesus.
                         └─> We pray less.
                                                        └─> Fear or grief overcomes reason.
Solution to worry:                  
Think right, ~ realize that God values you.

... the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained
against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. ... ~ Exodus 16:2-3

Do not be forgetful.

... I will rain bread from heaven for you. ... ~ Exodus 16:4-5

God has promised He will provide for us.

... not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed ...
~ James 1:25

... whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there
is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

How can you think on Godís word
when you are consumed in your problems and troubles?
Pray right.

 ┌─> Put CHRIST first.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:33

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; ... ~ Philippians 4:6

... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~ 1st Peter 5:7

We need to give God our problems.

Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. ~ Psalm 55:22

We are called to be lifted in Him.

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, ..." ~ Jeremiah 17:7-10

We need to Do right, - to follow in His will.
Action delivers more than worthless inaction.

To Overcome Worry:

... they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes,
and do them. ... ~ Ezekiel 37:24-27

Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. ~ Psalm 34:14


Worry hurts faith and lacks trust in Him.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also
you were called in one body; and be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15

God calls for faithful courageous Christian souls,
~ not faithless worriers filled with dissipation.
One can only hold peace of mind if God is held in the highest.

The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

... for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: ...
~ Philippians 4:11

... He will speak peace To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to folly. ~ Psalm 85:8

God offers us so much and we need to appreciate what has been given.

... My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings,
and in quiet resting places, ... ~ Isaiah 32:17-18

The opportunity of Godís strength has been offered to us all.


I would like to thank my brother in Christ, Roger Shouse





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