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Don’t Worry Be Happy
Matthew 6:25-34

Intro
Don't Worry, Be Happy  (Bob Marley Lyrics)
Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy......

There is this little song I wrote
I hope you learn it note for note
Like good little children
Don't worry, be happy
Listen to what I say
In your life expect some trouble
But when you worry
You make it double
Don't worry, be happy......
Don't worry don't do it, be happy
Put a smile on your face
Don't bring everybody down like this
Don't worry, it will soon past
Whatever it is
Don't worry, be happy

Well that it’s easier to sing than it is to do.  I think we all worry. Some of us are just better at it – maybe it is worse at it.  Some people worry over big things and some over little things. But we all worry.
It’s hard to preach a sermon on not worrying because we’re all guilty of worrying.  I can look out here this morning and see some of you who have gone through things that I have never had to experience, and so it’s hard for me to simply say to you, “Don’t worry.”
I know that worry is relative to each of our situations and I also know that it’s not the easiest thing to just stop worrying. And while it may be easy to acknowledge that we need to worry less, it’s another thing to accomplish that.

The only President to not use a Bible at his inauguration is Franklin Pierce. Two weeks prior to the inauguration, he and his wife and their only son were going to Concord, New Hampshire when their train car left the tracks. It went down a hill. They were unhurt but their only son was killed. He brooded about it and couldn’t understand why God would let something like that happen, and he refused to use a Bible at his inauguration.
Helen Hayes was a famous American actress many, many years ago. She and her husband had only one daughter. That daughter died at the age of 18 from polio. A few years later Helen’s husband died at a young age, however Helen lived to be in her eighties. When asked why her husband died at such an early age, she said it was because he could not get over asking why. He worried about their daughter’s death until it killed him.

Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Let me define worry - it is to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
The word for worry is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word which means to choke or to strangle.

We’re like the patient in the mental hospital, holding his ear close to the wall, listening intently. The nurse finally approaches him and says “What are you doing.” “Shhh!" he says. And he keeps listening. And finally the patient beckons the nurse over and says, “Listen.” The nurse presses hers ear to the wall for a long time. And she finally says, "I can’t hear a thing," And the patient says, "Yea, and it’s been like that all day!"

I heard someone say that worry is like putting your car in neutral and revving the engine. It burns oil and gas and is hard on the engine and it really doesn’t get you anywhere.

there are several reasons why the Bible warns us against worrying:

1.   WORRY EXHIBITS A LACK OF TRUST IN GOD - When we trust God we do not worry. Worry says, “I’ve got a problem and I don’t think God can take care of me through it.”

2.   WORRY AFFECTS OUR RELATIONSHIPS - I’ve noticed in my life that when I have something important that I have to do or some crucial decision coming up I’m not the most pleasant person to be around. I can be a lot of fun after that thing or event passes. But when we’re stressing over some upcoming event, when we’re feeling the pressure, it affects our relationships with each other.

3.   WORRY DAMAGES OUR HEALTH - A great percentage of our illnesses is in some way related to worry and anxiety and stress. The number one killer in America is heart disease. 38% of all deaths are heart related and many of those are related to hypertension, high blood pressure and anxiety.  Job 5:2 (NIV) says that 2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. What it is saying is that “to worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.

4.   WORRY HINDERS OUR WITNESS - Titus 2:10 says that in every way we need to  make the teachings of Jesus more attractive to people. We don’t do that when we worry.  When we get so worried about things that they consume us and we miss opportunities that God has placed before us to impact people with our faith or we impact them negatively because our worries exhibit a lack of faith.

so what causes worry?

Well we need more than luck, we need answers.

John 14:1 - Do not let your heart be troubled." Can I say my heart is never troubled? I can’t.

Phil.4:6 - Do not be anxious in anything." Can I say I’m never anxious? No I can’t. And so we need a solution. We need an answer.

How do I live the worry free life? And here are four clues.

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