Small steps in faith

Sunday, May 31, 2009

"The Fatherhood of God and the Worried Soul"

These are my notes from Rob's sermon at Apex last night.
The worship music was beautiful. I love when we sing "True Light". It's a great song to sing if you've been struggling with anxiety..hard times. Another song we did is "Mighty to Save" I always loved the way my friend Adam sang that song.

Matthew 6:25-34


We all know how to worry. Anxiety is a poison.
Concern leads to worry leads to despair leads to death.

The audience Jesus is speaking to are people at the end of their rope,the dregs of the culture.

Anxiety is an assault on the Fatherhood of God.
Worry and anxiety is idolatry of unbelief. Anxiety is a sin.

Worry is a rejection of:

1. God's care for you
1 Peter 5:7
Dictators ruled by producing anxiety.
Jesus decreases anxiety

2. God's better wisdom for you
Jeremiah 29:11 "I know the plans I have for you..."

3. God's provision for you
Most of us aren't worrying about the food and water. We are worrying about the "extras" in our life.

Strategies for Defeating Worry

1. Get your focus off of yourself. Hebrews 12 "Fix our eyes on Jesus.."
The eyes of your heart are looking in the wrong place.

2. See worry for the sin that it is.
Worry limits you. It shuts you down. It affects your relationship with Christ. It affects your prayer life.
Worry has little substance.

3. Align your priorites with His kingdom
Anxiety is often a blend of value systems..earth and kingdom.
We have convuluted our lives. We stay stressed out and worn out.
What God provids "isn't good enough"

Trust today that you will receive what you need for tomorrow when tomorrow gets here

Common phrases we use with worry
"But what if...."
"How Am I...."

Our life is a vapor
We are clueless what tomorrow holds.
Rob told a very touching and honest story of how he felt everything in his life was going wrong except for his family. He was stressed with school (he recently got his PhD)..ministry was hard..
He took a trip to his small hometown in Brookville,Indiana to visit the gravesite of his babysitter who had died in her 40's of a rare cancer. As he looked around at the gravesites he saw many who had died..suddenly. They may have worried and had anxiety..but for what?

If you are someone who doesn't worry...are you worrying about the right things? Lost souls

2 Comments:

  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger Aisa said…

    that sounds like a really good sermon. I may have to go and listen to it on Apex's site.

     
  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger Rochelle said…

    It's very good if you listen to it Aisa. I think that sometimes we get overwhelmed with our own focus and just need to be reminded who is really in control

     

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