1. Hello, listening friends. We are delighted you have joined us once more.
2. As many of you know, we are in the midst of a series of messages from the Lord's Prayer;
3. and, today, I want to talk to you about something very important.
4. I want to ask you this:
5. whenever the word "sin" is mentioned, what does everybody think about?
6. They think of the big sins—murder, adultery and stealing.
7. There are very few people who would view worry and anxiety as sin.
8. Why is worry a sin?
9. Because it distrusts God’s promises of provision to the faithful believer.
10. The English term, "worry," comes from the old German word meaning "to strangle" or "to choke;"
在英语中，“忧虑” 这个词源自古代的德国语，意思是“扼杀” 或者“窒息”。
11. and that is exactly what worry does.
12. Worry causes a mental and emotional strangulation, which probably causes more mental and physical affliction than any other single cause.
13. I am told that a dense fog, extensive enough to cover seven city blocks a hundred feet deep, is composed of less than one glass of water divided into sixty thousand million droplets.
14. In a similar way, the substance of worry is really always extremely small in comparison to the size it creates in our minds.
15. An average person’s anxiety and worry focuses on things that are not real problems.
16. Forty percent of our worries will never take place.
17. Thirty percent of our worries are about the past that cannot be changed.
18. Twelve percent of our worries are about criticism by others—mostly untrue.
19. Ten percent of our worries are anxieties about health, which gets worse with stress.
20. Only eight percent of our worries are about real problems that will be faced.
21. Worry is the opposite of contentment.
22. We saw in the last message that, if we make our felt needs to be our focus, it will soon become our god.
23. The god of our felt needs is a merciless god.
24. He is the god of anxiety and worry.
25. He is the god of discouragement and disappointment.
26. He is the god of disorder and turmoil in life.
27. Jesus knew that worry and anxiety are a form of idolatry.
28. That is why, after telling us to seek the will of God, for therein lays our foretaste of Heaven, He goes on to say, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
29. In many countries, they have such an overabundance of bread that they throw it away;
30. then, what are we praying for in these words of our Lord, “Give us this day our daily bread?”
31. Some may be tempted to say that this is only relevant for the starving people of the world, not relevant to everybody.
32. To help organize our thoughts, let’s look at this prayer under three headings.
34. God’s provision.
36. our petition.
38. God’s promise.
39. Jesus began with teaching us what our priorities should be, in the following order:
40. first, the name of God.
41. “Hallowed be Thy name.”
42. Second, the Kingdom of God.
43. “Your Kingdom come.”
44. Third, the will of God.
45. “Your will be done...”
46. then, He tells us of God’s priority.
47. What is God’s priority?
48. His provision for the need of His children.
49. Did you just hear what I said?
50. Your daily needs, your daily welfare, are His priorities.
51. Your daily supply of blessings, your daily concern, are the very center of God’s priority;
52. but there is a sense of order, here, that we must never forget.
53. God is there for us, if we are living for Him.
54. When your life’s focus is God and His Kingdom, then, God’s focus is your needs.
55. When your life’s focus is the glory of God, God’s focus is your provision.
56. When your life’s focus is to bring honor to His name, His focus is every detail of your life.
57. Only those who know God, and walk with God, can claim God’s provision.
58. There are many Christians who do not live for God, but they want God to live for them;
59. but our problem is that we live such a busy life, we spend very little time focusing on God;
60. but, if only we can truly understand God’s sense of priority and order, it will revolutionize our life’s priority.
61. I believe understanding God’s priority will empower you to conquer care and anxiety in life.
62. The Apostle Paul told the Philippians about this same sense of order and priority
63. when he said the following:
64. Let me ask you this.
65. Do you want to overcome worry and anxiety?
66. Then you must understand God’s order of priority.
67. It doesn’t mean that you are not going to be concerned about the problems of life that you are facing,
68. or, the desperate needs that you are having.
71. it will mean that you are no longer obsessed with the problems in life.
72. It will mean that you are no longer consumed with your difficulties.
73. This is the first point—God’s provision.
74. Secondly, our petition.
75. The word, "give," here, is the heart of the petition.
76. Praying “Give us this day our daily bread,” is not only petitioning God to do what He already promised to do,
77. but it is acknowledging that He is the Provider of past blessings,
78. that He is the Provider of the present blessings,
79. that He is the Supplier of tomorrow’s needs.
80. Listening friends, I want you to listen closely to what I am going to tell you.
81. The reason Jesus taught us to make this petition is because of His promise to answer our petition.
82. We cannot expect God to give us what He had not promised.
83. The reason we confidently petition God is because He already gave His word of honor to answer our petition.
84. Yes, the Bible says that it rains upon the just and the unjust,
85. but God obligated Himself to meet the needs of those who trust Him;
86. and that is why anxiety, for the believer, is a sin.
87. You may ask, "Why?"
88. Because God obligated Himself to you and all of your needs;
89. therefore, we petition what is already promised.
90. You cannot go to the bank and get money out, unless you have absolute confidence and assurance that you have money in the bank.
91. It is wrong to live in worry and anxiety, because God already promised to take care of us.
92. Worry is the opposite of trust.
93. Worry is a trust in the negative.
95. Because you are trusting in the unpleasant assurance of disaster and belief in defeat.
96. Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it does not go anywhere;
97. and that is why this petition is placing your confidence in what God has obligated Himself to do on your behalf.
98. Worry is like fear. It is often irrational.
99. Well, so far, we have seen God’s provision.
100. We have seen our petition;
101. then, thirdly, let’s look at the promise.
102. The word, "us," in Jesus’ model prayer, "Give us," refers to those who trust Him.
103. Let us read to you Luke 18:29.
104. Here, our Lord commits Himself irrevocably to taking care of those who are willing to put everything on the line for Him.
105. I want you to notice that sense of order, again, that we have been watching.
106. When you put Him first, He provides for your needs.
107. When He is Priority Number One with you, your needs are Priority Number One with Him.
108. I am personally convinced that the greatest cause for famine and hunger in the world is not bad agricultural policy,
109. or, bad economic policies,
110. or, even overpopulation, as some people think.
111. These things could aggravate the problem;
112. but the core problem for hunger is spiritual.
113. Only fifteen percent of the world’s arable land is used for agriculture and, that, for only half of the year.
114. The problem is that many people place a low value on human life.
115. Some people see hunger and poverty as punishment they should endure.
116. Others believe that poverty is God’s will for them, and they should not change that;
117. but the Christian must trust in God to provide for him and for his families.
118. The Psalmist said, “I have been young and now I’m old. I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor His children begging for bread.”
119. Listen to what Jesus said to His followers:
120. How does God provide?
121. God, sometimes, provides for His children through miraculous intervention;
122. but, most often, He provides for His children through hard work.
123. Paul told the Thessalonians that, if you can work and refuse to work, you should not eat;
124. and the way God provides for us is by giving us life, energy, resources and opportunities to earn a living.
125. He provides for those who are incapable of working through the generosity of His people;
126. and He does that on a daily basis.
127. Back in the wilderness, God began teaching His people to fully trust in His provision.
128. He said, "I promise you My provision, if you trust Me on a daily basis."
129. They woke up in the morning and it snowed manna overnight;
130. but God knew that some of them were going to say, "Well, yes, You provide today, but what about tomorrow? Are You going to do it again?"
131. So, they tempted God by distrusting God and hid some of the manna for the next day,
132. and it stunk like a sewer in their tent.
133. How can the blessing become a curse?
134. Oh, when you distrust God.
135. What was God doing?
136. He was teaching them the very lesson that He’s trying to teach you and me today,
137. as if to say, "If I provided for your yesterday,
138. why don’t you trust Me for your tomorrow?
139. If I upheld you yesterday,
140. why would I dump you tomorrow?
141. If I answered you yesterday,
142. why wouldn’t I answer you today and tomorrow?
143. If I care for your yesterday and today, why wouldn’t you trust Me to care for your tomorrow?"
144. The question is, will you trust God and His provision?
145. My prayer is that you would say, "Yes, I trust God."
146. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.