DON'T WORRY, TRUST IN GOD

(Matthew 6:24-34)

Intro.

1.  Mk. 4:18-19 - Cares of world choke out God's word in many hearts!

2.  The absence of anxiety in the Christian's life is in proportion to his faith - Matt. 6:25, 30-31.

3. Jesus draws upon relationships to teach basic lesson: God takes care of those who put Him first:

  a.  Master / Servant - 6:24.

  b.  Creator / Creature - 6:26-30. (Birds, flowers, grass Under God's care)

  c.  Father / Child - 6:26, 32 (7:10-11).

  d.  Power of God / Powerlessness of man - 6:27-29, 34.

  e.  Provisions of life / Life itself - 6:25. [Greater Lesser]

  f.  Human life / Animal & plant life - 6:26, 30.

  g.  Man's faith / The blessings of faith - 6:33.

4.  Anxiety - A distracting care (Mk. 4:19).  In context, the encroaching cares of life…keep from serving God first (Phil. 4:6; 1 Tim. 6:6-10).

5. Matt. 6:33 - What are we commanded to do here, how do we accomplish it, & why should we? God-given reasons not to worry for our lives -- To live in faith -- Escape evil.

 

I.  WHAT ARE WE COMMANDED TO DO?

  A.  Seek First (priority / prominence):

    1.  Kingdom of God --

      a.  basileia - Denotes sovereignty, royal power, dominion;...by metonymy...the territory or people over whom a king rules"  (VINE, II:294).

      b.  The rule & reign of God in your life; The reign of Christ over every part of your life - cf. 1 Pet. 3:15 (Lord).

      c.  Cannot seek the church unless we 1st seek have Jesus as the Ruler of our lives!

    2.  His righteousness --

      a.  "The character or quality of being right or just" (VINE, III:298).

      b.  Not God's perfect sinless nature (Rom. 3:23).

      c.  The means by which God pronounces sinful man not guilty of his sins - Rom. 1:16-17 (3:21-24) -- A life of FAITH! (10:3 - Submit to His righteousness!

      d.  Involves right actions toward God & man - Phil. 3:9.

**A CALL TO OBEDIENCE WHICH REMOVES ANXIETY!**

 

II.  HOW CAN WE DO THIS?

  A.  Become A Christian.

    1.  Hear - Rom. 10:17; Jno. 6:44-45.

    2.  Believe the gospel - Heb. 11:6; Jno. 8:24.

    3.  Repent of sins - Lk. 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30.

    4.  Confess faith in Christ - Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:9-10.

    5.  Be baptized into Christ - Mk. 16:16; Acts 22:16; Gal. 3:27.

    6.  Jesus is King of your life - Added to His kingdom - Acts 2:47.

  B.  Be A Faithful Christian.

    1.  True to Jesus & His truth - Heb. 5:8-9; Rom. 12:1; Rev. 2:10 ("fear not").

    2.  Christian w/o faith is doomed to fail - Heb. 3:12-13.

    3.  Faithful in heart, speech, morals, worship, service (Tit. 2:11-12).

 

III.  WHY SHOULD YOU SEEK CHRIST & RIGHT ACTIONS FIRST? - 6:32-33

  A.  God Promises To Provide Your Necessities Of Life.

    1.  With the right King, your loyal service is properly placed. (Matt. 7:21)

    2.  With the right conduct, your labor is rewarded - 2 Ths. 3:10; Psa. 37:25. (1 Tim. 5:8)

    3.  Lev. 25:3-4,18-22 - "I will command my blessing upon you." (cf. Mal. 3:7-12) Required faith & obedience -- Today!

IV.  GOD-GIVEN REASONS TO NOT BE DISTRACTED FROM PUTTING HIM FIRST IN OUR LIVES (1 Pet. 5:7).

  A.  The Same God Who Created Life In You Can Be Trusted With The Details Of Your Life - 6:25.

  B.  Anxiety About Future Hampers Your Efforts Today - 6:26.

  C.  Anxiety Is More Harmful Than Helpful - 6:27.

  D.  God Does Not Ignore Those Who Depend On Him - 6:28-30.

  E.  Anxiety Shows A Lack Of Faith In & Understanding Of God - 6:31-32.

  F.  There Are Real Challenges God Wants Us To Pursue, & Anxiety Keeps Us From Them - 6:33.

  G.  Living One Day At A Time Keeps Us From Being Consumed With Anxiety - 6:34 (Jas. 4:15). -(LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE, p. 1687)

 

Conclusion

1.  Life free of anxiety:

  a.  Psa. 55:22 - Sustained by God.

  b.  Psa. 56:11 - Does not fear man.

  c.  Psa. 118:6 - Always better than trusting man.

2.  Live by faith & obey God's will! - Matt. 6:24; 7:21-23.