The Antidote to Anxiety

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For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? (Matthew 6:25 NASB)

For what reason?

As I said on 11/27 in my post Treasure, Lamp and Master this next paragraph in the Sermon on the Mount about anxiety flows out of a close examination of who is in charge in your life.

Jesus is giving us the antidote to Mammon worship. I told you a few days ago to break the hold of Mammon by giving.

Here is another tactic that works. Break the cycle of anxiety.

Mammon’s worship service is a fretting session.

And look who is in the front row – the poor!

I know I have thought of Mammon worship as a rich man’s sin – like the rich young ruler who could not leave his riches and follow Jesus.

But Jesus, preaching on a hillside to the multitudes of the day’s poor tell them not to worry about – food and shelter. These are not the worries of a rich man. These are the woes of the poor.

Don’t get me wrong, as I pointed out earlier Mammon worship is a danger to us all, but clearly the poor are not excluded, and there is an antidote to this problem.

Don’t worry.

That’s it! Pretty simple plan.

Don’t worry.

Hey, if you take this and add it back to the beginning of Chapter 5 we could even say

Don’t worry, Be happy!

Hmmm

Good advice for today.

Come back tomorrow and we will dig a bit deeper, but for today, I hope to hear you whistling down the halls.

BenCome back again soon.

Ben

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0 thoughts on “The Antidote to Anxiety

  1. Debbie

    Thanks for showing us that it's not just the rich that get caught up in this, Mr. Ben. I may not be able to find the link, but read a blog by Betty Draper that showed a video of a tribe in Papau New Guinea that had accepted Jesus. One man said,'so what if I'm hungry. Hunger is just a temporal thing." Jesus had saved him from his sins and that was bigger than anything else. Okay, off to whistle and hum! God bless you as you don't worry and be happy!

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