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Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 6:25–34 NASB95
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-

For this reason....

Will you serve God or your own ambition?
Store up treasures in heaven, not on earth. No one can serve two masters.
Fleshly question:
If I don’t worry about the things I need (and want), who will?
By worrying about these things, we are trying to do exactly what Jesus said that we cannot do, which is serve two masters.

The Farmer’s plight.

I grew up in a farming community and worked at an Agri business. Farmers plow, plant, fertilize and then wait.
Summer time: Check and repair the harvest equipment, Go to the lake, celebrate the 4th of July, go riding.
Others farmers would drive up and down the fields worrying weather their crop was going to come in.
THEY GOT THE SAME WEATHER.
Matthew 6:27 NASB95
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
Matthew
Papa’s prayer and bicycle crash.

Food and Clothing

40% on things that will never happen
Story of the wife and the burglar
30% on things in the past that can’t be changed
Story about the two monks
12% Criticism by others
Story of my mom coming to visit
10 % About our health
An average person's anxiety is focused on :
I understand if your worry is about food and clothing, why you might worry, but that’s not what we are worrying about.
Our health only gets worse with stress
8% About real problems that will be faced
40% -- things that will never happen                                                                                                      30% -- things about the past that can't be changed                                                                                 12% -- things about criticism by others, mostly untrue                                                                          10% -- about health, which gets worse with stress                                                                                  8% -- about real problems that will be faced

You of little Faith!

the Birds and the grass.
ARE YOU NOT WORTH MUCH MORE THAN THEY?
Your heavenly father knows that you need all these things.

The cure for Anxiety

Matthew 6:33 NASB95
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Yesterday work up with anxiety. Jordon wanted to get his hitch on, Martye came home with groceries, was supposed to meet Danny at 2:00.
Started working: nothing else mattered.
His Kingdom and His righteousness- full of curves
Riding the highway vs. the curves.

Beware of the counterfeit

Sex in and out of marriage.
Mindless TV, playing on your phone, video games.
Story of radishes and potatoes.

Don’t Borrow Trouble

Matthew 6:34 NASB95
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew
Chuck Swindoll - Worry pulls tomorrow's cloud over today's sunshine.
Every evening I turn worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.  - Mary C. Crowley, Be Somebody.
Mary C. Crowley, Be Somebody.
Mary C. Crowley, Be Somebody.
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