Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Americans are a medical basket case. I mean, if you look at the statistics about ulcers, and blood pressure, and heart disease, you begin to realize that we're like unraveling as a people. And I'm sure that some kind of stress-related illness like that has to affect either you, or a member of your family, or someone close to you. It's almost impossible to live in a vacuum and not be affected by it.

In fact, the American Academy of Family Physicians says that most of the illnesses they treat are stress related. And it says that the six major causes of death in America all find stress as a contributing factor. Our bodies, our personalities are screaming at us about a sin that we seldom talk about, but we often commit.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Running Ahead of Your Supply Lines."

Now, our word for today from the Word of God is in Matthew 6:34. Jesus is speaking, and here He names what I guess we could call the stress sin. Here it is: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Did you catch it? Yeah, the stress sin - worry.

Now, it's not on our list of the big five sins usually, or the big ten sins that we as Christians are against, the "thou shalt nots," and yet worry may in fact be one of the most common and most damaging sins in our Christian experience. Jesus, in this particular passage in the Sermon on the Mount, gives us the reasons why worry is a waste of time.

First of all in verse 27, it says, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Okay, worry is a waste of time because it doesn't change anything. I don't think I've ever known anybody who has ever been able to change their health by worrying about it. Okay, let's go to verses 28-30. "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They don't labor or spin. Did I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these? If that is how God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith?"

The second reason we shouldn't be worrying is that your Father is looking out for you. You know what? He doesn't need the bird's help for them to be taken care of. He doesn't need any help from the lilies, those gorgeous flowers, to be what they are in the springtime. And He certainly doesn't need your help to meet your needs. Because your Father is looking out for you, you really have no need to worry.

The third reason Jesus gives for not worrying is in verse 32. It says, "The pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them." So, thirdly when you worry, you insult God. It's like saying to your Dad, "Dad, you don't provide for me." It's insulting His fatherhood to worry, as if somehow He's going to mess this one up and leave you stranded.

And then in verse 33, there's one more reason not to worry. It says this: "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well." The fourth reason? Worry distracts you from the real concerns; the things that really matter. Get busy with making things like Jesus wants them here on earth. Bring in His Kingdom; at least be a taste of it in the world around you.

Jesus said, "Each day has enough trouble of its own." We're made only to handle today. Don't waste energy on tomorrow and get the old ulcer juices flowing about things that haven't even happened yet. "Your strength will equal your days." That's what the Bible promises. So, handle only this 24-hour period, because that's as much strength as God will give you. His supply lines come through on a 24-hour basis.

When worry comes, get the hook, get it off center stage, and don't run ahead of your supply lines by worrying into tomorrow. Remember, your Father has everything under control!

            

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