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Turning Worry to Trust Amid the Breakout

Turning Worry Into Trust Amid the Outbreak

Turning Worry Into Trust Amid the Outbreak

How many of you have been following the news about the Coronavirus?

-Friday the President put the country in a National State of Emergency.

As of this morning CNN reports: 2,826 cases and 59 deaths (40 in Washington State), 49 states (except West Virginia), 6 cases in MS (Pearl River, Leflore, Forest, and Copiah Counties)

-The World Health Org. reports 152,428 cases in 141 countries, and 5,720 deaths this morning.

Our deepest sympathy and heart-felt prayers go out to those who have lost a loved one due to this outbreak. We also pray for those who are suffering the effects of the virus now, and those family members and medical professionals who care for them.

How many of us are often tempted to worry?

-How many of you didn’t raise your hand because you were worried about what somebody would think?

Sometimes we worry the most about the things we value the most.

-You worry about your health, because you value your health.

-You worry about your children, because you value your children.

-You worry about your spouse, because you value your spouse.

-You worry about not being married, because you value relationships & marriage.

All of us, at one time or another, worry.

-We worry about the virus, our health, the health of loved ones, the economy, our finances, the stability of our jobs, some are consumed with the worry of not keeping up others, some worry about relationships, those with kids will worry about their children.

When we first started the church, I was worried if the church would survive.

-I worried that we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills.

I worried when I went out of town. How was the set-up going? Did it all get into place?

-God continually providing for the church and our family, has been a testimony I can share with myself when I am tempted to worry. God provided a great location to meet! God has provided an awesome team, so that I don’t have to worry when I go out of town! It helps me not worry as much.

Some worry all the time.

-Do you know someone like that?

-Some people worry when there is nothing going wrong, because they feel that something bad must be about to take place!

-Worry has become constant companion – a comfortable companion.

What we would like to do today is look into the book of Philippians & discover this key thought:

Worry is a matter of perspective.

-When I was a kid, the older boys in the neighborhood dared me to watch this scary movie with them, Friday the 13th or something. When the movie finished, it was time to go home. So I stepped outside to make the journey across the street to my house. A journey I had made a hundred times. But this time I had a different perspective. The night seemed darker and there more eerie shadows than ever before! It was the scariest journey I had ever made before! So I began to sprint, faster than I had ever run before…through his yard across the street, through my yard and burst through my front door breathing hard.

-I had casually walked that path so many times at night, but that night I had a different perspective.

-Worry is a matter of perspective

If anyone had a reason to worry, it was the Apostle Paul. As he was writing, under the inspiration of God, this 4th chapter of Philippians, Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel. He was chained 24 hours a day to Roman soldiers. He was waiting the sentence that could set him free or condemn him to death. At any moment he could get word that he would be beheaded, that his time was up.

If anyone could have worried, it would have been Paul.

-But Paul had a different perspective on God than other people did.

Paul was the one that said,

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Nothing could change his perspective.

He had seen the faithfulness of God through more life tragedies than you can imagine.

-He had seen the faithfulness of God when he had been shipwrecked and should have died.

-He had seen the faithfulness of God when he was bitten by a poisonous snake.

-He had seen the faithfulness of God when he was persecuted, whipped and left for dead (they thought he was dead…left his body in a ditch).

-He had seen the faithfulness of God, when they stoned him, imprisoned him again and again.

He saw the faithfulness of God and because of what he had experienced, he said, “You really don’t have to worry”

From a Roman prison he writes in verse 4 & 5 of Philippians 4: “Rejoice”

-He says this word over and over, it a theme in Philippians.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

-He said to rejoice in the…what? In the Lord

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

-Who is near? The Lord is near.

Paul going to show you, that when you see the Lord like He has, you don’t have to worry.

-You don’t have to worry.

-For how many of us, is worry just a way of life?

-Often times we soften the word “worry” – we Christianize it…”I’m just concerned.”

-You don’t have to be worried when you know the Lord, like Paul knew the Lord

Paul says We don’t have to worry about what will happen when we know who’s in charge.

-We don’t have to worry about the ‘How’ when we have the ‘who.’

(sounds like a Dr. Seuss book) We don’t have to worry about the ‘how’ when we have the ‘who.’

Max Lucado tweeted today: “Everything is being cancelled… games, shows, vacations...cancellations everywhere! But God will never cancel his promise to take care of us! Do not interpret the presence of problems as the absence of God. He has promised “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.””

-We don’t have to worry about the ‘How’ when we have the ‘who.’

-Have you ever had a car not start and bunch of people gather around, lift the hood and start making wild guesses as to how to fix it? “Why don’t you wiggle that wire right there?” They don’t have enough faith in their solution to try it themselves, just in case they would get shocked, but they think you ought to reach you hand in the engine compartment and start touching electrical wires.

-On one of their highly publicized camping trip of Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison, they came across a Ford that had broken down along the road. They stopped and asked if they could help. Edison said, “This old guy here knows a little about Fords.” Henry Ford got out, rolled up his sleeves and got to work. Soon he had it running better than ever before.

-They had the ‘who’ that knew.

You don’t have to worry about the ‘how’ when you have the ‘who.’

Let’s look at Philippians 4:6-7

-You don’t have to worry about what will happen when you know who is in charge.

“Do not be anxious about anything,” Don’t be anxious about anything.

“…but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Don’t “be anxious about anything, but in everything” God said everything!

-Everything…even something you would consider small…”present your requests to God.”

Here comes an amazing promise.

“present your requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Don’t be anxious about anything.

-For many of us, that is what we need today.

-That promise is why you are here today, because you are wound-up ball of worry.

-God wants you to know that you don’t have to worry @ the ‘how’ what you’ve got the ‘who’ - you’ve got God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything…”

-Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything!

We are going to learn to trust in the Lord.

-When you are worried about your finances, we just do what God tells us to do:

we return to Him the tithe

we don’t spend more than we make.

When we worry about the economy, we trust our finances to the Lord.

-The problem for me is, I pray “Lord, I trust you to work in this area and it’s taking you a long time, so I am taking this back.”

-Don’t do that!

-Pray about everything and trust in the Lord.

You are worry about your relationships.

-“God I don’t know what I am going to do. I’m worried about my marriage, my kids…”

-Give them to the Lord…don’t take them back…give them to the Lord.

You are worried about your job.

-“Lord, what if I lose my job?”

-Who is the creator of jobs? Your Provider?

-I give this to the Lord.

You are worried about your health, or the health of someone you love.

-You trust your health or their health to the Lord.

You pray about everything, and you don’t worry.

-Why? Because He’s got it.

-If you want to worry, you have to take it back from God and say, “God, I don’t trust you. You can’t handle it. I’m taking this back from you.”

Some of you need to make a God box…take your worries and put them inside.

-Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t do anything.

If you can do something about it, you do something about it.

Say to yourself “I will do what I can do and trust God to do what I cannot do

If I can do something about it, I going to do something about it.

If I can’t do something about it, I’m not going to worry about it.

I’ll do what I can do and trust God to do what I cannot do.

If there is something you can’t do, you don’t worry about it, give it to the Lord.

I’m going to give you a pop quiz. I’m going to give a few things and you tell me what you can do.

-If you can’t do something, we are going to give it to the Lord.

-Can you heal you sick loved ones? Give them to the Lord.

-Can you change your spouse? You think you can, but you can’t, so you give them to the Lord.

-Can you protect your kids from all the dangers in the world?

You do what you can do, and you trust God to do what you cannot do.

-Can you be assured that you will never be laid off or have a financial set-back?

You do what you can do, be generous, spend less than you make and trust your finances to God.

-Can you control your future?

Does God control the future? Yes He does, so you take your future and trust it into the Lord.

-Can you change anything for the better by worrying? No

Can God change anything by His power? Yes

If there is something you are worrying about, say

“I’m not going to worry about it, but in everything I am going to present my requests to God.”

-Then there is this peace, that goes beyond our human ability to understand, that will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus – when we give it to the Lord.

-You don’t have to worry about will happen, when you know who is in charge.

You may tend to let your mind wonder to worst case scenario.

-When I was the Outreach and Education Pastor at the church in Birmingham, we had a van donated to the outreach department. It was in good shape, but needed seats inside. One of board members had a business that customized trucks and vans, so I called and asked about the cost to get new seats. They said, “We will take care of it for you.” I thought that meant that they would do and not charge us! Then I got the bill – 1,700. I didn’t have any money left in the outreach fund, much less 1,700! I didn’t tell my pastor for days. I was worried what he would say and how much trouble I would be in. Finally I went into his office and told him the whole story. He said that he understood and he would take care of it. I worried all that time, when I could have been experiencing the “peace that surpasses understanding.”

-Can anyone relate to that story?

Let’s look at Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.”

-Think about those things!

-It doesn’t say, “If anything is bad, worse and miserable.”

-It is a matter of perspective.

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:9)

-You don’t have to worry about what will happen when you know who is in charge.

-You give it to the Lord and you let his peace guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

I don’t have to worry, because it is not about me and it is not about my job, and it’s not about my money, and it’s not about my relationships, and it’s not about my health.

-I have given these things to the Lord…my health is in Him, my security is in Him, my relationship is in Him, my provision is in Him.

-If it’s not in my ability to control, I don’t have to worry.

-My life is in Him!

I can rejoice, not in my circumstances, but in the Lord.

-Having everything just the way I want it, or being chained up to a Roman guard – I rejoice in the Lord.

-Because I know He is working in all things - for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

-A different perspective – I don’t have to worry because my life is hidden in Christ Jesus.

-He will meet all my needs, because He is the Lord of all.

You don’t have to worry about the ‘how’ when we have the ‘who’

Whatever concern you have today, we are going to do what we can do, and we are going to trust God with what we can’t do and give it to the Lord.

We are going to pray about everything and worry about nothing.

When we place these things in the Lord, that’s when the peace of God, that passes all understanding guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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