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God isn’t merely suggesting that we shouldn’t worry when He says, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” (Matthew 6:26), He is commanding us to not worry. Worry displays a lack of faith, and it consumes our minds, paralyzing us and making us ineffective in the Kingdom. Matthew 6:33 says, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

To live by faith is not the end of our responsibility. Worry or anxiety should also be displaced by an intentional shift in our focus from our own circumstances to the things of the Kingdom. When we are concerned about the things of God, He will take care of the things He knows we need. 

We shift our focus to the Kingdom by spending time is God’s Word. Knowing scripture is knowing the language God uses to speak to us. Worrying is not an emotion, it is a thinking pattern. We can change what we think by taking our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and replacing it with the truth. The truth allows us to see what God has already done and what He is busy doing. Anxiety begins to be dealt with when we realize that we have things to be thankful for (Philippians 4:6-7). 

To worry is wasted time. Therefore, let us allow the Holy Spirit to remind us that the best is yet to come and let our faith give glory to God. 

This blog comes from the sermon titled “Why Worry” by David Grobler