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Overcoming worry with faith

July 20th, 2010

JOHN SHIRK – Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Worry is a form of fear, robbing the body of energy, filling the mind with uneasy thoughts.  Worry can cause sleepless nights.  Sometimes, worry prevents a person from moving forward to face the challenges of a given day. In the statement that Jesus made about worry, the word “therefore” connects to a previous statement that Jesus made.

He said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

With God’s Kingdom as the focus of our priority, faith prevents worry from paralyzing our lives.  Charles Spurgeon has said, “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”  Prayer with a trusting heart is one way of dealing with the tendency to worry. First Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.  

John Shirk


  1. Jennifer Dempsey
    July 20th, 2010 at 10:11 | #1

    You know, this goes contrary to everything we are taught in this world, which makes it very tough…. with my hubby being laid off, and both my boys being “between jobs” (ages 19 and 18) and a 16 yr old daughter who needs school stuff soon, I am being tested to the limits with this teaching. Honestly though, we are only given this one day, and if we can learn to live in just that we will be so much better off. Yes, the landlord needs paid..yes, there are things that will get shut off…no, there isn’t much variety when it comes to food LOL ..but God has NOT fallen off His throne. He is still in control. I will give you an example…I was out of hand soap, laundry soap and dish soap the other day. I did buy hand soap yesterday , but couldn’t get the rest…imagine my joy when I got home from the doctor last night and found a bag from a neighbor! Guess what was in there? uh huh laundry soap…dish soap AND hand soap LOLOL now, aint God good?! †

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