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“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
INTRODUCTION: After the coronavirus became big news, the sandwich board at the entrance to our residential community had the message DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY written on it. It was a big-hearted note to calm our fears during this time. We are all familiar with Bobby McFerrin’s peppy song with whistling in the background urging us not to worry but to be happy. It is a good word, but the question is how can we be happy when we are all worried about a virus that can kill? Anxiety is normal when we are faced with danger. We see a threat and the fight or flight response is triggered in our minds and bodies. But anxiety can become debilitating when our fears become excessive and persistent. When our anxieties disrupt our daily life or cause physical illness, then we need to consult a doctor and get medical help. But our normal anxieties can be managed with proper care and prevention. The Apostle Paul gives us a prescription and remedy for anxiety and worry in Philippians 4:4-9.
*Joy does not depend on circumstances. You can choose joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (4).
*Be generous and out-going to all. We can always be patient and kind to others because we know the Lord is coming soon. “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand” (5).
* Praise honors God and releases his presence. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13:15 NIV).
*Anxiety is contrary to faith. Faith trusts that God is in control. The cure for worry is to turn to God in prayer. Always pray for felt needs and specific requests and give thanks to God for his answers. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (6).
*God’s unfathomable peace mounts guard over your feelings (heart) and your thinking (mind) when you pray in the name of Jesus. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (7).
* “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). What we think about determines how we live and act. We need to meditate on good things. What gets our attention gets us. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (8).
*God’s promise: as we learn and do these things, God will guide us. “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (9).
Gregory C. Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 03/01/20
DREAMING THE FUTURE GOD WANTS FOR YOU
Time to Dream: Trusting God to Open Doors – Part 1*
WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL GROWTH CAMPAIGN?
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“God can do anything -- far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request or dream in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
12 REASONS I MUST KNOW GOD’S DREAM FOR MY LIFE!
1. GOD GAVE ME THE CAPACITY TO DEAM.
God: “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.” Genesis 1:26
2. WITHOUT A DREAM I’M DYING
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
3. EVERYTHING STARTS WITH A DREAM
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future that God has called you to share!” Ephesians 1:18 (LB)
4. DREAMS SHOW WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO THROUGH ME
Joseph told Pharaoh: “God has given you two dreams to let you know what he has definitely decided to do AND that he WILL do it in your future.”
5. MY DREAMS DEFINE ME
Jesus: “Your eye is the light for your body. If your vision is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your vision is evil, your whole life will be full of darkness.” Matthew 6:22-23
6. A DREAM KEEPS ME GROWING
Paul: “I know that I am not yet what God wants me to be. I haven’t reached that goal, but I keep moving toward it to make it mine because Christ made me and saved me for this. I know that I haven’t yet reached my goal, but there’s one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep my eyes focused on the goal so that I may one day win the prize that God has called me to receive through Christ in the life above. All of you who are spiritually mature should think this same way.” Philippians 3:12-15
7. A DREAM FOCUSES MY ENERGY
“I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not like some boxer punching the air or playing around.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 (LB)
8. A DREAM STRETCHES MY FAITH
“According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matthew 9:29
9. A DREAM KEEPS ME GOING IN TOUGH TIMES
Job: “I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.” Job 6:11 (NLT)
10. A GREAT DREAM INSPIRES OTHERS TO DREAM
“If your goals are good, you will be respected.” Proverbs 11:27 (TEV)
11. MY SELF-DISCIPLINE WILL BE REWARDED IN HEAVEN
“All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NLT)
12. GOD-GIVEN DREAMS ARE A GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
GOD: “In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on ALL people. Your SONS and DAUGHTERS will proclaim my message. Your YOUNG men will see VISIONS and your OLD men will DREAM DREAMS. Yes, on ALL my servants, both MEN and WOMEN, I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will proclaim my message!” Acts 2:17-18
*this sermon is based on material by Rick Warren and Saddleback Community Church
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