What does worry do to your life? Does it help? Jesus tells us that the birds are fed. We are not to worry about gaining wealth but rely on Jesus to provide for us.
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19. “Jesus commands his followers not to accumulate possessions they do not use for his work.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 122)
20. “Rather than accumulating material wealth, people should work for spiritual riches invulnerable to loss and death. (cf. Luke 12:15-21).” (Blomberg, 122)
21. “Rich Christians must be characterized by generosity in giving and meticulous stewardship in using money for the Lord’s work.” (Blomberg, 123)
22. “God’s Word often uses the eye to represent the attitudes of the mind. If the eye is properly focused on the light, the body can function properly in its movements.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 28)
23. “If the eye is out of focus ands seeing double, it results in unsteady movement. It is most difficult to make progress while trying to look in two directions at the same time.” (Wiersbe, 28)
“If our aim in life is to get material gain, it will mean darkness within. But if our outlook is to serve and glorify God, there will be light within.” (Wiersbe, 28)
24. “We cannot serve two masters simultaneously. Either Jesus Christ is our Lord, or money is our lord.” (Wiersbe, 28) (1 Timothy 6:9)
25. “The person who pursues money thinks that riches will solve his problems, when in reality, riches will create more problems! Material wealth gives a dangerous, false sense of security, and that feeling ends in tragedy.” (Wiersbe, 28)
26. Your heavenly Father feeds them. [NKJV] Obviously, this in no way advocates a sinful kind of idleness (Proverbs 19:15). Birds are not idle either, but God provides them with food to eat.” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1134)
27. “Jesus said that worry is sinful. We may dignify worry by calling it by some other name—concern, burden, a cross to bear—but the results are still the same. Instead of helping us live longer, anxiety only makes life shorter.” (Wiersbe, 28)
28. “The birds and lilies do not fret and worry, yet they have God’s wealth in ways that man cannot duplicate. All of nature depends on God, and God never fails. Only mortal man depends on money, and money always fails.” (Wiersbe, 28)
“Worry doesn’t accomplish anything anyway, at least not in terms of enabling us to live longer.” (Blomberg, 125)
Worry may put us in the grave earlier than we should be!
29. “The glory and pageantry of Solomon’s kingdom was famous worldwide (2 Chronicles 9).” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1134)
30. “We are not to be overly anxious about the things of this world. Material things should not be the goal of our life.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 39)
“Worry pulls us apart. Until man interferes, everything in nature works together, because all of nature trusts God. Man, however, is pulled apart because he tries to live his own life by depending on material wealth.” (Wiersbe, 28)
God “has great blessings for us if only we will yield to Him and live for the riches that last forever.” (Wiersbe, 28)
31. “To worry about material things is to live like the heathen!” (Wiersbe, 28)
32. “In its modern, irreligious garb, pagan anxiety displays a great preoccupation with physical exercise and diet without a corresponding concern for spiritual growth and nutrition.” (Blomberg, 126)
33. “What a testimony it is to the world when a Christian dares to practice Matthew 6:33! What a tragedy it is when many of us fail to practice it.” (Wiersbe, 28)
34. “It is right to plan for the future and even to save for the future (2 Corinthians 12:14; 1 Timothy 5:8). But it is a sin to worry about the future and permit tomorrow to rob today of its blessings.” (Wiersbe, 38)
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Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004