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In the conclusion of Understand The Sermon On The Mount, we learn our most important priority. Jesus lets us know without question, who is number one in our lives. 

Understand The Sermon On The Mount-C3

Continued from Understand Sermon On The Mount-C2

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3. God-vs-Cares: Vs 25-34 Many studies have been done on the subject of worry. Three things are common to most studies. 90 % of all the things people worry about never happen. 5 % happen but make things better, rather than worse. The remaining 5 % happened just as the worrier suspected, but were not affected by the worrying. In other words, worrying is a complete waste of time, emotion and energy. It's more than that, though. The habit of focusing on these little cares tends to erode our faith in God. We begin imagining ourselves in greater and greater danger until there is no way we can believe God will feed, clothe and protect us. Everybody suffers from this to some extent. How we respond to it determines much about how useful we are in the kingdom of God. Anxiety in the extreme often presents itself as depression or as many varieties of phobia that literally cripple people with fear. Many who live in anxiety actually defend their worry by calling it cautiousness, suggesting that to not worry would be carelessness and risk.

The opposite of worry is faith.

The battle isn't between worry and carelessness, it's between worry and faith. I've allowed these little nothings to stop me and slow me down before. Is this web-church gonna actually reach people? Will there be enough contributions to support the ministry? What if they don't like it? What if they don't like me? What if the government decides this isn't a church? What if I can't score high enough on the search engines? What if a virus? What if? What if? What if? The more I think about them the more of them there are to think about. Isn't it interesting that after about an hour of thinking about this stuff I don't feel like doing anything? Let's not live that way any more!

Jesus makes it pretty clear that worrying about these little cares in life is the same as denying that God loves us and will provide for us. Hey, that's kinda like putting all these little worries above our faith in God, isn't it? Maybe that's what Jesus was saying. I heard someone say, once, that worry is like prayer to the devil. I'm not sure I'd put it that strongly, but I am sure Jesus wants us to keep God above all our little cares of life. Paul gives us a way in Php 4:4-7: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

So, God wants to be top priority in our lives; over other people, over money and over our little cares and worries. The Lord gives us a promise if we make Him first. Mt 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Jesus wants His disciples to place God first, not because He wants to withhold things from us, but so He can bless us with all God has to offer. He knows the only way we can have it all is if we put Him over it all.

Rule of life # 1: When God's place is first place everything else falls into place.

Lord, please bless everyone who receives this message from you. Enable us to keep you in first place in our lives, so we can experience your full blessing and power. Bring us into conflict over anything we hold back from you. Reveal those things in us so we can let you remove them. Thank you for promising to complete the work you began in us. Amen.

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