Sun, 7th Jun 2015
Gary Iddon
Matthew chapter 6 v25-34

What makes us anxious? It could be different things. Jesus holds everything in his hands. We will be blessed by God but there will also be problems. If we walk with Jesus he wont withhold anything. It wont be straight away but when we have wisdom to deal with something.
If our anxiety persists it can lead to depression. The bible tells us to look to heavenly things. This passage takes our eyes off our anxiety and onto Jesus. If we love Jesus we will keep his commandments. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Jesus is a giver and so we should be. We must live right before him.
We can learn 3 lessons of how to live from the birds the lilies and the Gentiles. Lets take our eyes off the temporal things and put God first in our lives. We must have an element of trust in God and not be anxious. Anxiety is looking downwards but we should look upwards to him. God is a faithful God and he works 24/7 to feed and clothe us.
1) We can learn from the birds:-
He feeds the birds and so he will feed us. Are we happy in the ministries that God has given us? The birds are. We must not be lazy unlike the birds. We should do the jobs God has given us to do and put others first. Is there anything too big in our lives that he cannot fix... He has conquered death! The birds are happy and praising God
2) We can learn from the lilies:-
They are clothed everyday. We must fear God and keep his commandments. He gives us much in order to help others. Despite our wanderings away he is faithful to keep us. Friends might leave us but he never leaves us.
3) We can learn from the Gentiles/the outside world:-
We can have the same desires as the outside world but we shouldn't. We have been set free from the things of the world. Let us be thankful for the things that we do have and not focus on what we don't have. We are to be like the children of God. Our joy should come from spiritual things not on temporal things. He is the Lord of our households.
We can enjoy his kingdom now, he will bless us if we walk the way he wants us to live. He has come that we might have life more abundantly. We must ask that our joy might be full!