What Jesus Said about God’s Provision

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What Jesus Said about God’s Provision Adapted from the series, “Jesus Said” by Michael Wiley http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/what-jesus-said-about-gods-provision-michael-wiley-sermon-on-jesus-christ-131036.asp

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What Jesus Said about God’s Provision

  1. 1. Adapted from the series, “Jesus Said” by Michael Wileyhttp://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/what -jesus-said-about-gods-provision-michael- wiley-sermon-on-jesus-christ-131036.asp
  2. 2. Matthew 6:19 NET "Do not accumulate foryourselves treasures on earth, where mothand rust destroy and where thieves break inand steal. 20 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is,there your heart will be also. 22 ―The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye ishealthy, your whole body will be full of light.
  3. 3. 23 But if your eye is diseased, your wholebody will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 ―No one can serve twomasters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
  4. 4. 25 ―Therefore I tell you, do not worry aboutyour life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isnt theremore to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in thesky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arent you more valuable than they are?
  5. 5. 27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 28 Why do youworry about clothing? Think about how theflowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 30 And if this is how Godclothes the wild grass, which is here todayand tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, wont he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?
  6. 6. 31 So then, dont worry saying, What will we eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear? 32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenlyFather knows that you need them. 33 But above all pursue his kingdom andrighteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
  7. 7. A great philosopher once said: Here is a little song I wroteYou 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 Ain’t got no place to lay your head Somebody came and took your bed Don’t worry, be happy
  8. 8. The land lord say your rent is late He may have to litigate Don’t worry, be happy Look at me I am happy Don’t worry, be happyHere I give you my phone number When you worry call me I make you happy Don’t worry, be happy
  9. 9. Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no styleAin’t got not girl to make you smile But don’t worry be happy Cause when you worry Your face will frownAnd that will bring everybody down So don’t worry, be happy Don’t worry, be happy
  10. 10. Don’t worry, Don’t worry, don’t do it, be happy Put a smile on your faceDon’t bring everybody down like this Don’t worry, it will soon past Whatever it is Don’t worry, be happy I’m not worried…
  11. 11. Of course Bobby McFerrin was really nophilosopher, but he was very correct in his summation of a happy life.Happiness is not based on the condition of your life, but the condition of your heart.
  12. 12. I can’t jump into the middle of what we know as, ―The Sermon on the Mount‖ without making some comment.The Sermon on the Mount includes the mostin-depth and challenging teaching of Jesus. Thousands of books have been written on this one sermon alone. John Stott said, ―It is the nearest thing to a manifesto he ever uttered.‖
  13. 13. Today we are going to look at what Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-34. Matthew 6:19 NET "Do not accumulate foryourselves treasures on earth, where mothand rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
  14. 14. There are several ways to identify a message. This message of Jesus contains a ―build‖ and a ―wrap.‖A build is when the speaker opens up with astatement and then builds on it. He ends his message with the same statement butphrased in a clearer and more forceful way. A wrap is when the speaker opens and closes with the same statement or illustration even if worded differently.
  15. 15. 19 "Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But accumulate for yourselvestreasures in heaven, where moth and rustdo not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  16. 16. In verses 19-21 the key word is Treasure. Dictionary.com defines treasure:wealth or riches stored or accumulated -- something highly prized or valued. The context here is saying to gather up treasure, what is really valuable, where itwill last forever in heaven because it is somuch more valuable than earthly treasures which will not last but will deteriorate.
  17. 17. 22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If thenyour eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. Ifthen the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
  18. 18. If you take this teaching too literal it makessense but not in the sense it needs to in this story. We believe Jesus is simply pointing out here, that when you have an eye focused on greed and lust of things, what the Hebrews and The Near Easterners called an ―Evil eye,‖ then your heart will be full of darkness.
  19. 19. 24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.In verse 24 Jesus reminds us that he is still talking about our Life’s focus.In verse 25 ―Therefore‖ is the beginning of the build.
  20. 20. 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry aboutyour life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isnt theremore to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in thesky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Arent you more valuable than they are? 27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life?
  21. 21. 28 Why do you worry about clothing? Thinkabout how the flowers of the field grow; theydo not work or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, wont he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?
  22. 22. 31 So then, dont worry saying, What willwe eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear? 32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  23. 23. 33 But above all pursue his kingdom andrighteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. Focus on God and what He wants – Hiskingdom – Let Him worry about your needs
  24. 24. Jesus is not saying, ―Don’t plan for tomorrow.‖ In our effort to read Proverbs every month you should have read this 3 times so far. Proverbs 6:6 NIV Go to the ant, yousluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
  25. 25. Jesus is not saying, ―You can’t be wealthy.‖It’s not the amount of money you have butthe contentment of your heart and whether or not you are using your wealth for God’s kingdom or your own.
  26. 26. Have you heard of Truett Cathy and the rest of the Cathy family who founded and own the over 1,600 Chick-fil-A® restaurants?Truett is credited of introducing the chicken sandwich concept to the fast-food restaurant.The companys current trademarked slogan, "We Didnt Invent the Chicken, Just the Chicken Sandwich,"
  27. 27. Here is Chick-fil-A’s® Corporate Purpose:―To glorify God by being a faithful steward ofall that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A. ®‖ Truett established the WinShape Foundation, Inc., with the goal: to help ―shape winners.‖
  28. 28. The Foundation supports a variety ofprograms, including a long-term foster careprogram, a summer camp for nearly 1,800kids each year, a scholarship program, and marriage enrichment retreats.Since day one the Cathy family has refused to allow their restaurants to be open on Sundays.
  29. 29. Here is what Jimmy Carter had to say about Truett Cathy. ―I hope that people will learn from Truett Cathy the virtues that have brought him remarkable success in life. He hasdedicated himself to service in the broadest sense, following Christian principles, notonly in his personal life, but in his relations with his customers and employees.‖
  30. 30. Let’s bring this test home.In his book ―The Power Zone‖ Larry Calvinsays, ―Jesus is giving us five questions wecan ask ourselves in order to deal with our worries appropriately.‖ Let’s ask ourselves these questions:
  31. 31. Much of what we get bogged down with inlife is not really important if you really look atit closely. We get involved with things that at the time seem important, but are time wasters. Our life gets out of focus. Jesus asks us to focus on what is really important in life.
  32. 32. When you look really close at what youtypically worry about, you find that you worry about two primary things: 1. What you can’t do anything about. 2. What you can do something about. Let’s look at the second one first. If you look upworry at Dictionary.com the first definition is, ―To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret ‖
  33. 33. WORRY is very unproductive. If you can’tdo anything about it—why worry about it? AND, If you can do something about it, don’t worry. Role your sleeves up and change things.
  34. 34. When you look at the poor little birds pickingup food to eat on the ground, or you see thegrass and flowers in the scorching sun, don’t worry about them – God will take care ofthem and he will take care of you too. When you’re in the midst of worry, turn on the news, just look around, you’ll find a lot of people much more worse off than you.
  35. 35. Much of our worries are about things thathappened yesterday that can’t be undone or things that might happen in the future that might not come to be. Jesus says, ―We will be far better off if we take it one day at a time.
  36. 36. The big answer? YES Philippians 4:6 NET Do not be anxiousabout anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
  37. 37. I know there are people that suffer fromanxiety disorders. They have a more difficult time with this passage than others. But it does not mean that this passage does notapply to them or that Christ lets them off the hook. It means they have to work harderand pray more to get the junk off their plate and get it over to God.
  38. 38. Jesus Said, But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all thesethings will be given to you as well. So then,do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34 NET

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