THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD--PART II
SERMON TITLE: CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT WORRY?
SERMON THEME: GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY
INTRODUCTION: WHAT WE WORRY ABOUT THE MOST OFTEN REVEALS
WHERE WE TRUST GOD THE LEAST.
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
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 than food, and the body more 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 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
· "WORRYING DOES NOT EMPTY TOMORROW OF IT'S SORROW; IT EMPTIES TODAY OF IT'S STRENGTH." Corrie Ten Boom
QUESTION: CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT WORRY?
FOUNDATIONAL ANSWER: IS GOD TRUSTWORTHY?
My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my
mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.
· GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DOES, BUT BECAUSE WHO GOD IS.
THREE REASONS WE CAN KNOW GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY
I) GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL YESTERDAY.
3 Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast.
· IF GOD HAS DONE IT BEFORE, GOD CAN DO IT AGAIN.
II) GOD IS FAITHFUL TODAY.
9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
· GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY TODAY, NOT BECAUSE OF THE ABSENCE OF PROBLEMS, BUT BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
MATTHEW 1:23; 28:20
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
III) GOD WILL BE FAITHFUL TOMORROW.
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”
· TRUST IS NOT SOMETHING YOU HAVE; TRUST IS SOMETHING YOU DO.
Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
· TRUSTING GOD DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE LAZY OR INDIFFERENT. IT MEANS YOU ARE TRUSTING THAT GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY AND HE CARES FOR YOU.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
· FOCUS ON WHAT IS ETERNAL RATHER THAN THAT WHICH IS TEMPORARY.
CONCLUSION: DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, FOR TOMORROW WILL WORRY ABOUT ITSELF. EACH DAY HAS TROUBLE ENOUGH OF ITS OWN (Matthew 6:34)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.