Victory over Worry

Do we trust God, or do we worry and fill our life with anxiety?

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus shares with us how we are to handle life’s issues. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 NLT). Jesus is talking about being preoccupied with the material possessions of life, being so wrapped up in securing things that we become anxious, disturbed, and sleepless. When we become overly concerned and entangled with the affairs of this world, we forget eternity. Material things can only make a person comfortable, look good, taste good, and feel good, but this is all they can do. They are external.

Worry reveals many things about a person. It shows a faulty understanding of God. It indicates you don’t fully trust God’s promises. And unfortunately, it reveals your circumstances may master you. The need you sense within is not to be externally comfortable but inwardly and spiritually satisfied! Jesus described the discipline for victory over worry and anxiety, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”(Matthew 6:33 NLT).

The apostle Paul blesses us with practical application to overcome anxiety and worry, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV).

About slennertz

Dr. Steven Lennertz is Founder and Lead Pastor of Eagle Ridge Church in Menifee, California. Steve accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord in 1975 during what is known as the "Jesus Movement" at a Saturday night concert at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. As a young man, Steve worked in cabinet shops, and later obtained a Contractor’s License. He owned one of the Inland Empire’s premier cabinet shops for over twelve years. It was during this time Steve sensed God calling him into full time ministry. He surrendered to God’s leading to plant a church in Menifee in 1994. Steve has a passion for life and for helping others find their purpose. His in-depth teaching from God’s Word equips people to be effective followers of Jesus Christ. In addition to shepherding the flock at Eagle Ridge, Steve had served as a Chaplain for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and is now devoting all his energies at Eagle Ridge. Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gateway Seminary in December of 2017. Pastor Steve is a native Californian; married for 40 years to Kathryn, who is also a graduate of CBU with a Bachelor, and a Masters in Education. Steve and his wife enjoy spending time with their family. They have a daughter, two sons, and they are especially blessed with eleven grandchildren. You can email Steve at steve@eagleridge.church View all posts by slennertz

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