Do Not Worry


We live in an age where it is almost normal to be full of stress, worries and concerns.

Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

God wants us to cast all our concerns on him and not worry about anything at all.  When most of us hear this we think it’s not realistic, impossible.  How can anybody not worry at all?

The bible is not encouraging us to live a careless "I don’t care, she’ll be right" attitude. We need to be responsible but not live a life full of care and worry that steals the joy out of life.

Results of worry

i. Wastes away your energy. Worry is hard leaves you weary and with less energy to do other things.
ii. Gets you nowhere
iii. Affects good judgment, and the ability to make right decisions.
iv. Chokes the impact of God’s Word in our lives.

Matthew 13:22

“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

Two major causes of worry

i. Matthew 6:28-30

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

30 “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

ii. Not understanding how much God our father cares for us

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

The greek word for cast is "epiripto", which means to hurl, throw or cast upon something often with force. The only other place this word is used in the New Testament is Luke 19:35.

Luke 19:35

Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.

This conveys what it means to cast all our cares on Him. Idea is of flinging a garment, excess weight off the shoulders of a traveler and onto some other beast, donkey. That’s what Jesus wants us to do with our burdens, throw them onto Him.

When we cast all our cares upon the Lord and stop worrying we are handing our problems over to God and leaving him work on them and fight for us and sort it all out. If we are lying awake at night trying to figure out our concerns, then He doesn't have our burdens we still have them.

Peter was the one who wrote cast all your cares on Him. In Acts 12 Peter is thrown into prison. James had already been killed by sword, and there was every chance Peter could lose His life the next day. Look at Peter’s attitude.

Acts 12:6

And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.

How can we live in faith and not strive or worry?

1. Choose To Trust – Often with worry we are trying to make things happen by our own human effort rather than trusting God.

Hebrews 4:3

we who have believed do enter rest.

I call this "the rest of faith".  Faith and rest go together. You can measure your faith by level of rest.

2. Become a person of The Word - when troubles arise the Lord can speak to you from His word and give you faith and strength. One of the greatest enemies of faith is a lack of knowledge of God’s Word.

3. Remember the battle is the Lords

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17

15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

17 ‘You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

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