This was the first session. I doubt my notes will do justice to the message- it was a very helpful message and I was convicted several times about my abundance of worry and lack of faith in the God whom I know to be Sovereign. For me to worry is a contradiction toward my faith that God is Sovereign.
FOUR REASONS WORRY IS WRONG
1. Worry is incompatible with the Biblical concept of life (v.24-26)
*Life is for glorifying God, honoring and obeying Him (Col. 1.16; I Cor. 10.31)
*We live for His glory, not for ourselves
*(my note: worry puts the focus on us instead of God and His sovereignty)
2. Worry is incompatible with the character of God (v.27-30)
*It is God's responsibility to care for us (He clothes the flowers and feeds the birds, and He values us more than them)
*Our worry cannot change anything or add time to our lives, God is in control of those things
*Worry is inconsistent with a Reformed view of God (His sovereignty)- it is inconsistent to fear death as a Reformed believer, as we accept that God has ordained all things
*Worry is a sin because it demonstrates a lack of faith in God's promises to us
3. Worry is incompatible with the conduct of believers (v.31-33)
*Contrast between Christians and non-Christians
*Pagan "gods" were not interested in them, they were self-centered; God is concerned with and in charge of our welfare (I Peter 5.7)
*We are not to seek our needs first, but God's righteousness
4. Worry is incompatible with taking care of legitimate concerns of the present (v.34)
*Jesus breaks down between present and future cares
*Today has cares of its own to deal with
*"God gives grace only for today's problems, never for tomorrow's troubles"
*Worry always seeks worst case scenario- if we track out worries, we will see that almost none of them ever come to fruition
Our purpose for living should be to honor Christ first
This message was a challenge to me. I hope to apply it in a much better way from now on. That is my hope and prayer.