What Is Worry?

When I preach, my messages are often born out of my personal struggles. This week, it was worry. Jesus addresses the subject in Matthew 6. 

As I preached, God gave me an unprepared word. This is convicting, and most of us won’t like it. Here it is: Worry is misplaced worship. I can hear you now. Think about it! Christ is not the center of your thoughts when you worry. I am not glorifying God and giving Him His rightful place when I worry about something that I cannot control. So my circumstances become the exalted thing in my life. I don’t get goosebumps and feel good when I “worship” the object of my worry, but I have allowed it to take the place where Jesus belongs. 

I think that is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 toward the end of this passage: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” My paraphrase: “Focus on God, and He will take care of everything else.” 

The next time you are tempted to worry, I encourage you to redirect your thoughts and trust the God who takes care of the birds, flowers, and everything else. He values you more and will provide your every need. 

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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