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Matthew 6:27-30

Live by Faith

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

During a tour of Nigeria in 1982, Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, is reported to have said, "If our faith delivers us from worry, then worry is an insult flung in the face of God." Faith and fear cannot live in the same house. One always displaces the other, as Jesus points out with the phrase, "....O ye of little faith." Then, for us to say that we are Christians saved by grace through faith, while being consumed with worry and fear, is truly an insult to God. It demeans His ability to care for us, it makes light of the fact that He loved us enough to send His Son to die for us, and it assumes that he is unable to fulfill His promises.

Jesus pointed out the futility of worry. By "stature", He meant age. "Who can add any length to his age (life) by worrying?" Ironically, we know today that worrying can shorten our life span rather than increase it. Worrying is an exercise in futility.

Then, why do we worry about material possessions like what clothing we are going to wear? Faith affirms Paul's statement that " God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Doesn't this include clothing, food, housing, healing, security etc.? Our faith is weak and we need to pray to have it increased.

Once more, Jesus points us to the natural order of creation. He points to the flowers of the fields. Without doing anything at all, they are more beautifully clothed than was King Solomon at the height of His wealth and power. Look at the futility of man's worry. Solomon did not have the power to dress more beautifully than God had dressed the wildflowers. What could we accomplish by worrying?

The flowers, like the birds, do work, however. They do God's will and they are ordained to live only a season and then be burned. You, on the other hand, are made in the image of God, chosen to be His child, made a little lower than the angels, and granted eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Can't you trust Him to treat you better than a bunch of weeds?

Paul wrote: "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."(Philippians 4:6-7) That is God's promise to care for our every need. We simply need the faith to live by it.

Before The Throne:

"And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith." (Luke 17:5) Make this your request to Him today. Pray that your faith be so strong that you will never sling the insult of worry in the face of God. Jesus put more emphasis on this than on any other topic in this sermon. Be serious about it.

For Further Study:

** by. Matt 5:36; Ps 39:6; Eccl 3:14; Luke 12:25-26; 1Cor 12:18;

(v.28) ** why. Matt 10:10; Luke 3:11; Luke 22:35-36; ** the lilies. Lu 12:27;

(v.29) ** even. 1Kgs 10:5-7; 2Chr 9:4-6, 20-22; 1Tim 2:9-10; 1Pet 3:2-5;

(v.30) ** clothe. Ps 90:5-6; Ps 92:7; Isa 40:6-8; Luke 12:28; Jas 1:10-11; 1Pet 1:24; ** O ye. Matt 8:26; Matt 14:31; Matt 16:8; Matt 17:17; Mark 4:40; Mark 9:19; Luke 9:41; John 20:27; Heb 3:12;


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