Don’t Worry

March 19, 2020

Good morning!

This is day # 2 for our COVID-19 Connection Series. WELCOME!!!

How are you doing today? Well I trust. Make sure you stay connected with your church family as we navigate this pandemic coronavirus together. We all need community right now. Stay in touch to be in touch! Suggestion: Write letters to family, friends, and your church family. Everyone can use some encouragement today.

I want to draw your attention to our church webpage at slbc2u.com. Our front page will provide you with information as to how we as a church are going to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We will have an online presence only. We will not be meeting at the church building.
  • I will be providing a daily briefing entitled: COVID-19 Connection Series.
  • We will be sending out letters with information about SLBC to our church members and attenders.
  • We are praying daily for all of you.
  • Our Bible studies will be online for the time being. If you lead a Bible study you might think about using Facebook, or YouTube.
  • Our Sunday service will be held on Facebook at 10:00 A.M.
  • I want to encourage you to listen to 30 minutes of good Christian music prior to connecting to Facebook for our Church Service.
  • Send us your prayer request or needs.
  • Sermon handouts will be available online at slbc2u.com.
  • Any pertinent Church information will also be available at slbc2u.com.

A Time of Prayer:

I used to be an avid listener to KMBI 107.9 out of Spokane. Each noonday they would have a program entitled: Pause for Prayer. They would stop the daily airing of their regular daily program and they would pray for needs through the Moody Broadcasting family. Well, right now I want us as a Church family to PAUSE TO PRAY. Send us your prayer requests. Today I will be using last’s Sunday’s prayer list from the church bulletin.

A Word of Encouragement from the WORD of God: Don’t Worry 

Our word from the Lord will be taken from Matthew 6:25-34. Grab your Bible and join me. These words are taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. These words are Jesus’ words. This is important for us to get ahold of.

  1. The Command – v. 25 

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Underline the words: do not worry about your life 

  Someone once penned: Worry is praying to the wrong God. How very true. What are we told NOT to worry about?

  • What we will eat
  • What we will drink
  • What you will put on

  Isn’t it those things that we do WORRY about? Isn’t this human? Yes, but we are being encouraged by Jesus Christ Himself (Red letters in my Bible) that as kingdom citizens we are to THINK differently. We are not to be characterized by WORRY. Why? Because worry shows a lack of trust, and a lack of faith.

  1. The Promise – vs. 26-30

26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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?

People worry about food –

  • Look at the birds of the air – they neither sow nor gather into barns. (People have already begun to do this with the COVID-19 threat. We have been so worried that there has been a run on basic staples).
  • Who feeds the birds? Our heavenly Father.
  • Are you not of more value than they? If God values the birds and feeds them, so shall we be taken care of.
  • Worrying doesn’t make you grow taller – you don’t add to your height by worrying.

People worry about clothing –

  • Look at the lilies of the field. Look at how they grow. They do not toil or spin. In other words they don’t worry. They just grow as God’s designed them.
  • Solomon in all of his glory (extremely wealthy individual) wasn’t arrayed like one of these. Flowers are so delicate and beautiful.
  • If God so clothed 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?
  • The Assurance – vs. 31-34

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

   What do you do when you see a “Therefore” in scripture? You pause and ask, What is it there for? In light of what we just read and studied (the words of Jesus) what should our response be?

  1. Do not worry… What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear?
  2. Don’t be like the Gentiles – For after all these things the Gentiles seek. (This is the behavior pattern of the unsaved. Not the way Christians are to respond to crisis).
  3. Know that God knows your needs – For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
  4. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness – all these things will be added to you.
  5. Don’t worry – about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about tomorrow.
  6. Focus on this day – Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.