Do you often find yourself worrying? There are certainly legitimate concerns in life, but when they become overwhelming, we need tools to help us cope. In this powerful lesson, Robert shares with us a way to cure our worries from a biblical perspective. His wise advice includes how you can solve all of your worries with only one penny.

ROBERT >> High blood pressure, heart disease, stomach ulcers, anger, frustration, discouragement, distraction, a loss of productivity. These are the kinds of things that worry can do to us. Worry is another problem of the heart. What is it? What is it that we worry about? Is there any remedy for worry?

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ROBERT >> What is worry? Someone defined it this way: A painful uneasiness of the mind usually over an anticipated ill. We fret, we’re anxious, in our heart there’s such a stressful emotion; but what is it that causes this to come upon us? What is it that we worry about so much?

I’m afraid that many of us worry about money, how we’re going to get it and earn it and make it and steal it and spend and save it and hoard it and invest it. And then what do we do? We lose it all on a six month to a nursing home.

We worry about what we have said and done more than what we should say and do. We worry about baldness and bridges and bifocals and bulges, and generally die of a heart attack. We worry about things purely imaginary. Yes, worry can be a big problem of the heart for many of us.

I want you to think this morning about two kinds of worry; because you see, there is a proper care and concern that we ought to have in our hearts about certain things, and there’s also an improper care and concern that can really cause problems and can be a real problem of the heart.

For example, in 1 Corinthians 12:25 we read about the care that we ought to have for one another in the body of Christ. That’s proper. It’s not that we’re always worrying about each other, but that we do care and we are concerned about the souls of our brothers and sisters in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 11:28 the apostle Paul talked about the anxiety that he had for all the churches. This great minister of the gospel had a proper care and concern for these churches, that they not be drawn away by false doctrine, that they not fall into sin and lose their souls, but that they be the kind of churches that God would have them to be. And in Philippians 2:20 we read about the apostle Paul writing to the church at Philippi, sending them Timothy, his coworker, to help them, and how that Timothy cared for them like no other.

There is a proper care and concern that we all ought to have for each other. That kind can be good. It moves us to take care of things. It helps us to be careful. Some things we need to be concerned about; and certainly we need to be concerned about each other and about our relationship with the Lord.

But there’s also an improper care and concern that we need to address that so often becomes a problem of the heart. If you will, look with me in Psalm 37:8. Here’s what the Bible says: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret; it only causes harm.

Yes, there is an over concern or a misplaced concern. Some people are even neurotic about their worries. And so he says don fret like that. It can be very harmful to you. Look a little further in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 12:25, Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression; but a good word makes it glad. Yes, we’ll be wise not to become so over concerned about things that it causes us to become discouraged and puts us in a condition of depression. That kind of over concern and misplaced concern or neurotic worry is useless; in fact, it’s very harmful to us. Jesus has much to say about worry and many things that will help us here. I want you to look over in Matthew 6:25-34. And you’ll notice in this passage that not once and not twice, but three times Jesus says do not worry, and he tells us why we should not worry.

Notice here in Matthew 6:25, “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?”

Isn’t it true that sometimes we worry too much about these things? And that’s what Jesus is talking about. The most important thing is not this life or the things of this life. Certainly we need to take care of our bodies, we need things to eat and to drink, but let’s let God take care of that for us, and let’s put him first in our life as Jesus teaches us in this very passage.

Look at verse 33, where he says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

You see, if we’ll put God first, we’ll make him the priority of our life, our number-one concern, then these other things will take care of themselves. If you look a little closer at Jesus’ teaching, he says in verse 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?”

Yes, we can see that God is going to take care of his creatures. And if he takes care of his creatures, how much more is he going to take care of us, his people? Look at it a little further as you go on down in verse 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, oh you of little faith? Yes, you see, worry is just a symptom of little faith. But instead of worrying, let’s learn to trust in God with the things that we need.

There’s another interesting point that Jesus makes in this reading. In Matthew 6, notice again now in verse27-28. He says, Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. You think those lilies worry about it, worry about what they look like and how they appear?

We worry about our clothing, we worry about these things and our appearance and all of this so much; but he says it’s useless, it’s not going to do any good. Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Is it going to make you any taller? Of course not. We know that worry itself is not going to do us any good. And so Jesus says don’t worry, trust God with these things in your life.

He reminds us as we look further here in verse 32, For after all these things the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Don’t think that God doesn’t know everything about us. He knows what we need, and he promises to provide that for those who seek him first. Jesus concludes this section in verse 34 when he says, Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things; sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

It seems that if we can’t find anything in the past to worry about or anything in the present, then we’ll look to something in the future and worry about that, things that probably will never happen, anyway. We’ve got enough to take care of right now today, and so let’s take care of the things that we have before us, and let’s trust God with everything else. Worry is useless, Jesus teaches us, and never lifted a single burden and never solved a single problem and never dried a single tear. And besides, it’s unnecessary to worry about what God promises to take care of. But now before we leave this lesson today, we need to talk about the remedy for worry. How is it that we can overcome this problem of the heart? Well, the remedy for worry is prayer.

Look with me if you will in Hebrews 4:16. The Hebrew writer encourages us to pray. He encourages us to come to the Lord with the things that we need. Tell God your needs. Hebrews 4:16, Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Yes, God encourages us to come boldly, to come with confidence and assurance that he will hear us and that he will provide for us. He tells us here that his throne is a throne of grace. That is, God wants to give us the things that we need. He wants to be gracious towards us. And he says in coming to him with that kind of confident faith that we can be sure that we will obtain his mercy, that we will find his grace to help us in our time of need.

Let me encourage you when you come to the Lord and you come to him in faith with confidence to be very specific about what it is you feel that you need, that you want in order to carry out God’s purposes for your life and to be the kind of Christian that he would have you to be. If you’re worried about something, whatever it is, tell it to God.

Find a place, find a time to talk to God about it. The Bible teaches us to let your requests be made known unto God. That’s in Philippians 4:6-7. He tells us to do that, to turn it over to God so that we can get rid of our worries. So tell your needs to God. There’s something else that will help us when it comes to the remedy for worry, and it comes to praying to God and talking to him.

Don’t just tell him your needs, but remember to be thankful. There in Philippians 4:6 when he said, Don’t be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And so when we come to God with these needs, let’s remember to be thankful. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to always be thankful for all things. It’s when we’re thankful, when we realize our blessings that it’s easy for us to forget our worries. And not only that, but being thankful reminds us of how God has taken care of us in the past, reminds us of what God is doing for us in our life today, and it gives us more confidence and assurance so we can turn our present worries back over to him.

You know, blessings and the wonderful things that God has done for us bring such joy to our hearts. And that joy is so much greater than our problems. When we realize as Christians we have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, as the Bible says in Ephesians 1:3, then our worries seem to fade into insignificance. I think about how God has blessed my life with forgiveness, how he’s blessed me with the church and his word, how he’s blessed me with the privilege of prayer, the joy and the hope that God has brought to each and every one of us who have put our faith in him who belong to him. So when you ask God for your needs, when you take your needs to him, remember to be thankful, and that will assure us of God’s ability to take care of us.

But there is a third thing we must learn to do, and maybe this is the hardest one. It’s one thing to tell God our needs and to remember to be thankful, but it’s something else to take our worry and just leave it with him, just turn it over to him, because we want to keep carrying it around with us. Look with me in Psalm 62. The Psalmist helps us to learn how to turn things over to God. In Psalm 62:1 it says, Truly my soul silently waits for God; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense. I shall not be greatly moved. You see how the Psalmist is talking to himself? He’s calming his spirit and he’s building his faith in God. He says, Truly my soul silently waits for God. He believes in God. He’s trusted God for many years, he’s seen what God has done in his life and he is able to do, and so he says there’s no reason for me to be upset and to be worried. And so he calms his soul and he waits for the Lord. But he waits for him with expectation.

He knows that God is going to come through for him or that God is going to help him to get through whatever it is that he’s facing in his life. He says he’s my rock, he’s my salvation. I can stand firmly in my faith for God because, you see, I know that he’s that stable one I can always trust in. He’s the dependable one I can always rely upon. He changes not. And just as he’s been faithful in the past, he’ll continue to be faithful now. He’s my solid rock that keeps me from being moved. Yes, he’s my salvation, he’s my deliverance, he is going to deliver me out of whatever it is that’s going on in my life. And so as I come to him and as I wait for him, I do so with great confidence knowing that he’s going to come through for me. I look down in verses 5-8 of Psalm 62, and the Psalmist says, My soul waits silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.

Once again the psalmist speaks to himself, be silent, be calm, don’t worry. I know, God, that you’re going to be there for me. He goes on to repeat again, He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense. I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory. The rock of my strength and my refuge is in God. Yes, the psalmist has one to whom he can come and rest secure and safe. God is his refuge. And so he says in verse 8, Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him. Got is a refuge for us. When you’re worried, when you’re upset, you take all of that, and you take it to God, and you leave it with him.

In 1 Peter 5:7 Peter simply says, Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you. When’s God going to answer our prayer? When is going to meet our need? When is he going to bring deliverance into our life? When will our burdens be lifted? The moment that we give our worries up, the moment that we turn these things over to him, we can trust that God will take care of them. It’s as though they’ve already been done. It’s like a hitch hiker with a backpack, and he’s walking down the road, and a car comes and pulls over to pick him up, and he jumps in the car. But the driver of the car looks over and says, You still have your backpack on. Why don’t you take it off and put it here in the back seat? I think we’re a lot of times just like that hitch hiker when we come to God and he need his help, but we keep the backpack on. We won’t let go of the worries and the things that are burdening us. Until we take it off and give it to God, God’s not able to bless our lives like he really wants to.

You know, you may be able to cure all your worries for a penny. Carry a penny everywhere you go. When you’re tempted to worry, you take it, and you read the message inscribed on it, In God we trust. There is the real remedy for worry.

You see, before we can worry, we’ve got to think three things about God. We’ve got to think, number one, he doesn’t know my problem. We’ve already found out that God knows everything about us. He knows our needs even before we ask him. And so we don’t have to worry about that. He knows your problem today. He knows whatever it is that’s going on in your life. He understands your worry.

But before we can worry, we must also think that God doesn’t care. Maybe he does know, but maybe he doesn’t care. Oh, no, God cares for us, as we’ve already learned. God cares for us, and he loves us, and he does not want us to have to suffer, and he doesn’t want us to have to be hurting. He’s made a way for us. You know, sometimes we don’t understand why we go through the things that we do and why God doesn’t immediately answer our prayers, or even after a long time we’re wondering where is God, and we have all of these questions and doubts in our heart.

But I want to take you back 2,000 years to the cross of Calvary and remember what he did for all of us there. Having left heaven and come to the earth as a man, Jesus Christ the Son of God lived a perfect life and then gave himself on the cruel cross of Calvary to pay the penalty for our sins. Folks, that’s love. That’s genuine care. That’s how God feels about you today. So never doubt his care and his concern for you. Never doubt his love for you.

But before we can worry, we must also think that God can’t do anything about it. If he knows my problem and he loves and he cares for me, then why doesn’t he do anything about it? Maybe he can’t. But that, too, is not true. Because he’s God, he can do anything. He can do everything.He’s greater, Hebrews 6:13 tells us, he’s greater than anyone or anything. With God all things are possible, Matthew 19:26.

So today, don’t worry. Turn it over to God. He knows your problem. He does care about you, and he can do something about it. He can bring deliverance and blessing into your life. Just pray this simple prayer. Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can’t handle. And let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

>> There is beyond the azure blue a God concealed from human sight.
He tinted skies with heavenly hue and framed the worlds with his great might.
There is a God, he is alive, in him we live, and we survive.
From dust our God created man, he is our God, the great I Am.

Our God whose son upon a tree a life was willing there to give
that he from sin might set man free and evermore with him could live.
There is a God, he is alive, in him we live, and we survive.
From dust our God created man, he is our God, the great I Am.

>> On Zion’s glorious summit stood a numerous host redeemed by blood.
They hymned their king in strains divine.
I heard the song and strove to join.
I heard the song and strove to join.

While everlasting ages roll, eternal love shall feast their soul.
And scenes of bliss forever new rise in succession to their view, rise in succession to their view.

Holy, holy, holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Who like me thy praise should sing, oh almighty king.
Holy, holy, holy Lord.

ROBERT >> Thanks for watching our program today. We’d love to hear from you. Let me encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments, or requests at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053. You may e-mail us at requests@ttil.tv. Or call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966800-819-2966 FREE. Also, please visit our web site at www.ttil.tv.

All our materials and services are absolutely free of charge. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven. So let us know how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace, from the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so, showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.

Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long, sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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