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One Day At A Time

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Introduction

The story is told that one day, Death was walking into a certain city when a man stopped him and asked what Death was planning to do in that city. Death answered by say that he was going to receive 10,000 people that day. The man responded in despair but Death reminded him that his job was to take people when their time was ready. Today, that meant 10, 000 people would be taking their last breath and going into the hereafter.
Early the next day, the man was waiting for Death as he arrived at the city. The man was furious with Death. He lashed out at Death calling him a liar. He said that just yesterday Death had told him that he would only take 10,000 lives and yet, according to all the reports of the day some 70,000 people had died. 60,000 more people had died than Death had said he would receive. The man accused Death of lying and being greedy.
Death calmly allowed the man to rant and then stopped him. Death quickly told the man, "Don't get mad at me, I only took 10,000. Worry killed all the rest." (Adapted from Haddon W. Robinson, What Jesus Said About Successful Living, page 221).
There’s no doubt today that worry and anxiety can kill you. It is linked to all the big diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke. Yes sir, worry can kill a man as dead as anything else in this world.
But there’s something worse… Worry can also kill your testimony. But there is a Cure for Anxiety too.
[Pray]
Father God, we come to you today praising your holy name, more majestic than any name.
Father, we confess to you that we worry about this life. Please forgive us of our sins.
Father we ask that you take our worrying minds off of the material provisions for today that we may have a mind to focus on those who need you.
Father allow us to look at the people we encounter each day with your eyes. Let us love them like you love them.
Father I ask that you open the hearts of this church to the work that you would want us to accomplish here in Los Fresnos and in the Valley;.
God, I ask that you prepare our hearts to hear your message this morning.
Father give me clarity of mind, precision of speech, and a heart for your people here this morning.
In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I ask these things, Amen.
We are continuing in our series as we work through Jesus’ message, the Sermon on the Mount. Last week we talked about some of the pitfalls of wealth and this week, we pick up on the biggest problem with money… Worry.
Matthew 6:25–34 NASB95
25 “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? 26 “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? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “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! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
USA Today published an article earlier this year...
USA Today published an article earlier this year...
Seeing signs of financial anxiety? How to cope by Jackie Zimmerman
Financial anxiety is a monetary monster that haunts many Americans, stoking worry for people across income level, race and gender.
“Financial anxiety can be debilitating, and it can cause significant distress in one's daily life,” says Kristy Archuleta, associate professor of personal finance planning at Kansas State University and co-founding editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy.
According to a 2016 study by financial services company Northwestern Mutual, 85% of Americans reported feeling some level of anxiety around money; a majority said there were negative impacts on their health, social lives and careers.
Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2018/04/16/seeing-signs-financial-anxiety-how-cope/500073002/
The American Psychological Association has begun to explore a diagnosis of Money Anxiety Disorder, which includes habits such as:
Overspending
Hoarding
Extreme Frugality - Depression-Era mentality
Financial family conflict
One family member takes over the financial purse strings to control the spending problems of another
One family member lies to another about spending habits
Anxiety about Money Troubles
And it is not surprising the Money Troubles breed further trouble in the form of sinful greed and addictions to shopping, gambling, alcohol, and drugs… among many other sins that we discussed briefly last week.
As we continue our way through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we see that he turns his attention from the pitfalls of wealth to the trouble of anxiety. And there’s clearly a connection between the two...
[Pray with me...]
But there’s something worse… Worry can also kill your testimony. But there is a Cure for Anxiety too.
[Pray]
Father God, we come to you today praising your holy name, more majestic than any name.
Father, we confess to you that we worry about this life. Please forgive us of our sins.
Father we ask that you take our worrying minds off of the material provisions for today that we may have a mind to focus on those who need you.
Father allow us to look at the people we encounter each day with your eyes. Let us love them like you love them.
Father I ask that you open the hearts of this church to the work that you would want us to accomplish here in Los Fresnos and in the Valley.
God, I ask that you prepare our hearts to hear your message this morning.
Father give me clarity of mind, precision of speech, and a heart for your people here this morning.
In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I ask these things, Amen.
Jesus knew about our human craving for wealth and he knew about how it creates anxiety in our daily lives. Apparently it has taken 2000-plus years for the American Psychology Association to catch up to Jesus...

I. Wealth Creates Anxiety - v 25

As we give this text a quick reading, it might look like Jesus switched topics again. He was talking about wealth and now he’s talking about anxiety. But as we look a little more closely we might see that Jesus is linking the idea of wealth with the idea of anxiety and worry...
To our modern eye, it looks like Jesus switched topics again. He was talking about wealth and now he’s talking about anxiety. But I know for certain that no such switch took place. Jesus is continuing with the very same idea, just looking at it from a different perspective.
English Bible
Matthew 6:25 NASB95
25 “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?
Jesus begins verse 25 saying “for this reason...” — when you see this, ask yourself “For what reason?”
That’s a screen capture that I work from every day while I’m working on the message for Sunday. Look at all the red letters indicating the words of Christ. The black verse numbers. The black heading there in between the sections that says “The Cure for Anxiety.”
How do I know this? [you may ask…]
But you know none of that is there in the original Greek text right?
In fact, this is much closer to what the Greek looks like in my Bible program...
Greek Bible Layout #1
But even this gives me verses and punctuation and even hints like capital and lower case letters.
Here’s what the original text likely looked like when the Bible was first written...
Original Greek Text
Just showing that to you is enough to give some of you anxiety...
The original text of Greek is just a jumble of capital letters run together with no spaces to indicate paragraph breaks, no punctuation to indicate sentence breaks, no verse numbers to keep track of thoughts and ideas. All of that was added later on.
But even with all that change happening in the way we see the text of scipture, I can tell you that verse 25 is a continuation of thought from verse 24.
To our modern eye, it looks like Jesus switched topics again. He was talking about wealth and now he’s talking about anxiety. But I know for certain that no such switch took place. Jesus is continuing with the very same idea, just looking at it from a different perspective.
How do I know this? [you may ask…]
Matthew 6:25 NASB95
25 “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?
Matthew 6:24 NASB95
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
“For this reason I say to you...” (v 25)
Jesus begins verse 25 saying “for this reason...” — when you see this, ask yourself “For what reason?”
For this reason I was just talking about
For what reason? For the reason of wealth!
Matthew 6:25 NASB95
25 “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?
The very last thing Jesus was talking about was that we
Jesus previously said, don’t store up wealth on earth, but in heaven. Don’t let wealth distract you from God! Don’t put money before God! Don’t even let it compete with God.
Jesus continues his message by promising us that if we will put God before our pursuit of money and worry about money, that He will take care of our every need.
Every single person in this room who lives on their own and pays bills knows that wealth creates anxiety!
We know this because every single person in this room who lives on their own and pays bills knows that wealth creates anxiety! [Youth, you’ll understand soon enough… It’s coming!]
[Youth, you’ll understand soon enough… It’s coming! Buy a car, rent an apartment, get married, have some babies—in that order—pay some bills… then you’ll know what life is like. Month after month, the bills come, they demand to be paid.]

II. What Do We Worry About?

Jesus knows that we humans worry about things. He knows that it is in our nature. Here are the things that He lists out...

A. Food on the Table - v 25-26

Matthew 6:25–26 NASB95
25 “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? 26 “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?
Matthew 6:26 NASB95
26 “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?
Most of us have experienced tight financial situations where we may not be sure where the money will come from to pay for the extra things in life, but there are times when people worry about having money to pay for the food we need to sustain life.
The Baptist Standard recently reported one in seven Texas households lack reliable access to food. I wonder what that number is here in the valley. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that one in four or five homes in the Valley meet this criteria. This is not so far fetched and can occasionally strike close to home.
This is not so far fetched and can occasionally strike close to home.
But Jesus reminds us that we have value to God. His indirect implication is that God will take care of us too.

B. More Time to Live - v 27

Matthew 6:27 NASB95
27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
We all worry about how long we have left on the earth from time to time. But Jesus tells us that worrying about this is not going to magically extend our lives.

C. Clothes on Our Backs - vv 28-30

Matthew 6:28–30 NASB95
28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “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!
Parents with growing children sometimes worry about how fast their kids are growing and how that impacts their clothing budget. Jesus again implies here that God will provide what we need in His good time.
He also adds the simple rebuke saying that we have too little faith to believe in God’s provision.
PRINCIPLE Worry is a lack of faith that God will provide.
We worry about the health and well-being of our families. We worry about our own safety at times. We worry about how our investments are performing. We worry about whether we left the garage door open. We worry about a lot of things… But no matter what we worry about...
Certainly there are
Matthew 8:20 NASB95
20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
When a scribe claimed that he wanted to follow Jesus, he was warned that the life of a follower of Christ was not

E. Family Matters -

Matthew 8:22 NASB95
22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

F. Threats to Life -

We worry about the health and well-being of our families. We worry about our own safety at times. We worry about how our investments are performing. We worry about whether we left the garage door open. We worry about a lot of things… But no matter what we worry about...
Matthew 8:23–27 NASB95
23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

III. Worry Kills Our Testimony - vv 31-32

Matthew 6:31–32 NASB95
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
We actually spend a lot of time worrying. One British survey claims that we spend 6 1/2 years of our lives worrying. Another online news source reports that 85% of what we worry about never happens.
We give all these things an inordinate amount of our attention and effort.
Jesus actually tells us here that worry is sin. Theologian Robert Mounce says, “Worry is practical atheism and an affront to God.”
Think about that… Worry is atheism in practice.
What do you think about that statement?
Does worry actually mean that we don’t believe in God? It certainly implies that we doubt God’s ability to care for our needs in life. In fact, if we do believe in God with a head knowledge, in practice we act like atheists that cannot believe that there is a Good God in Heaven that cares for His children and takes care of their needs in this life on earth.

IV. Our Faith Uproots Anxiety & Worry

Remember that Jesus is connecting these statements to his discourse on materialism and the hoarding of wealth.
PRINCIPLE When our priorities about storing treasure are properly placed, God will provide for our fundamental human needs.
I also connect this belief to Paul’s statement to the Romans...
Romans 8:28 NASB95
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
I told you last week that there was a point in my life that I was materialistic and focused on money and the things it could bring to me. God caught me in that sin and convicted me and turned me back toward a proper understanding of wealth and success...
I can say that since that time, I have worked toward putting all my trust in God for my daily needs.
I can’t say that I didn’t go through trials during those years. But since that day, I have always tried to drop my worries and my troubles at His feet. And I went through some big trials… I was betrayed and lost business and had material wealth stolen from me.... multiple times. And at times business just dried up on me.
But I turned back to God and put my faith in Him and laid my worries at His feet.
And you know what happened? God was faithful and He worked things together for good according to His purposes. And I survived.
We don’t need our worry about tomorrow ruining faith for anybody else.
In fact, our faith in times of trouble gives hope and encouragement to those around us.
Faith in God is the greatest weapon that we have against anxiety and worry in this life...

IV. Our Faith Uproots Anxiety & Worry

Jesus finishes out this topic by giving us the cure for anxiety...

1. Trust God - v 28-30

Matthew 6:28–30 NASB95
28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “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!
Matthew 26:28–30 NASB95
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30 After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
He tells us in verses 28-30 that we can completely trust God to take care of our needs. All we need is a little faith and trust in God.
He says in verses

2. Do not worry - v 31

Matthew 6:31 NASB95
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
Jesus gives us a clear command that we should not worry. Can it really be that easy?
I am still learning this lesson that I need to hand my worries to God every single day. Do you know how I do that? I pray about my worries and I share my worries with someone that I trust not to judge me but pray with me about my troubles. This helps me put my troubles in perspective and give them up. I simply hand my troubles to God in prayer and trust in Him to provide solutions.
That means we should give up our worrying every time we find it in our hands. Give it back to God.

3. Understand Our Father - v 32

Matthew 6:32 NASB95
32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Jesus also tells us that God knows we have needs. If He knows our needs and promises to supply our needs, then it is not all that hard to trust him to do what He says He will do in His word.
If we remind ourselves that God knows about our needs, then it’s a small step to put our trust in him again.

4. Put God First - v 33

Matthew 6:33 NASB95
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This verse returns to our theme of righteousness that is woven throughout the Sermon on the Mount.
There is no clearer promise in scripture than this one...
Put God First… and ALL these things will be added to you...
ALL these things… He’s talking about...
the food on the table
the hours of your life are already numbered
you WILL have clothing on your back
We are all under God’s will and God’s timing. If we are one of His and He has work for us to do, then we cannot be harmed. We will work here on this earth at His will and in His timing. And when our time is done, we will go to be with Him and the race will be finished.
God will take care of your family members who are ill
God will take care of you in fearful times
We all of us are under God’s will and God’s timing. If we are one of His and He has work for us to do, then we cannot be harmed. We will work here on this earth at His will and in His timing. We will have things and we will lose things in this life according to God’s will and God’s way. He gives and takes away… does He not?
We have only one task… Put God before it all. If He is first, then our worry will fade.
But what do we do when we find that we’ve taken up our worry again and put it before God?

5. Give It To God [Again]

Let’s put this in context…
Remember that Jesus is connecting these statements to his discourse on materialism and the hoarding of wealth.
PRINCIPLE When our priorities about storing treasure are properly placed, God will provide for our fundamental human needs.
I also connect this belief to Paul’s statement to the Romans...
Romans 8:28 NASB95
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
I told you last week that there was a point in my life that I was materialistic and focused on money and the things it could bring to me. God called me out for that sin and convicted me and turned me back toward a proper understanding of wealth and success...
I can say that since that time, I have worked toward putting all my trust in God for my daily needs.
I can’t say that I didn’t go through trials during those years. But since that day, I have always tried to drop my worries and my troubles at His feet. And I have gone through some big trials… I was betrayed and lost business and had material wealth stolen from me.... multiple times. And at times business just dried up on me.
And to be honest with you, there are still times that I struggle with worry. But I have learned to turn back to God and put my faith in Him and lay down my worries at His feet.
I have also learned to be open and vulnerable about the trials that I go through because those trials grow my faith and my dependence upon God. Do you know what happened in my life? God was faithful and He worked things together for good according to His purposes. And I survived. And I survive still day by day trusting God to care for my needs and provide for my family.

One Day At A Time

But I turned back to God and put my faith in Him and laid my worries at His feet.
Matthew 6:34 NASB95
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I have clung to this verse almost every day this week and shared it with many people that I have spoken to this week.
Also this song has been my theme song for the week.
Conoces diferentes letras de esta canción, pero quiero que escuches las letras que crecí cantando.
One Day At A Time
I'm only human, I'm just a man Help me believe in what I could be and all that I am Show me the stairway I have to climb Lord, for my sake teach me to take one day at a time
One day at a time, sweet Jesus That's all I'm asking from You Just give me the strength to do everyday What I have to do
Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus And tomorrow may never be mine Lord, help me today, show me the way One day at a time
We don’t need our worry about tomorrow ruining faith for anybody else. In fact, our faith in times of trouble gives hope and encouragement to those around us. Faith in God is the greatest weapon that we have against anxiety and worry in this life...
In fact, our faith in times of trouble gives hope and encouragement to those around us.
Faith in God is the greatest weapon that we have against anxiety and worry in this life...
Conclusion

Conclusion

[piano]
And that faith that we have in God is the greatest gift that we could share with anybody.
I ask you this morning, do you know Christ? Is He the Lord of your life? Or are you putting something else before God? Maybe it’s money. Maybe it’s a relationship. Maybe it’s worry.
Is there something in your life that you are putting before God?
Is it worry? I would invite you to come to the altar or do business with God right there in your seat.
[pray]
Do you need Jesus? If you need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ this morning please come.
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