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.
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.
a) Material needs (v.25)
b) Health (v.27)
- In v.27 “which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
c) Future (v.34)
- in. v 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow.”
Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population.
a) Lack of an eternal perspective in life (6.9-21)
If all you can see is what is here and now, you cannot win the battle against anxiety.
b) Pursuing the god of Money (6.24)
c) A lack of faith.
Anxiety reflects life’s uncertainties and our insecurity.
Anxiety is like having the ground beneath your feet shaking.
a) Consider the birds
Take attention off yourself and look around you.
Jesus points to examples of God’s care in nature.
Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
Psalm 145:15–16 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
b) Consider your Father
c) Consider your value
“Nonsense remains nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.” John Lennox
The Bible, God’s Word, tells us
-God created man in His likeness and image.
-Man is spirit, soul and body.
-God created us for a purpose
-We have an eternal destiny
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 1993, study: "In young adults, rates of anxiety disorder were lower among frequent church attenders, mainline Protestants, and those considering themselves “born again”.
Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."