Monday, October 24, 2011

Don't Worry, Be Faithful!

Today I visited Calvary Bible Church in Ft. Worth. I was really blessed, and I want to share with you some of my thoughts on Pastor Brent Osterberg’s message from Matthew 6:25-34.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, o you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘what shall we drink?’ or ‘what shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do no be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
His title was Drowning Your Worry in the Ocean of God’s Faithfulness, and his focus was on five truths we can use to drown our worries.
The first thing that was made very clear was something I needed to hear: Worry Is SIN! even though we tolerate and excuse it much more easily and often than things like murder, adultery etc. We must look at worry how God sees it- as sin. Why would worry be considered something wrong? Isn’t it okay to be greatly concerned about situations and people and things in our lives? Well, I think yes and no. It’s fine for me to show concern, and to give attention to things, but when it becomes something I worry about( aka obsess over, fixate on, etc.), it means that I have begun to doubt that God is a faithful and caring God, that He can take care of it. It’s outright unbelieving God. ouch. 

Some one-liners I have written in my notes are as follows:
Worry is trying to take your life into your own hands.
Worry gives you spiritual tunnel vision- you miss out on the peripheral God’s giving.
Worry keeps us from serving God well.
Here are Pastor Brent’s collection of five truths to drown worry, from Matt 6:
1. Life is more than the things we worry about. it's about God. Worry gives you spiritual tunnel vision, and you miss the things God wants you to see, by being consumed with the one thing that worries you.

2. We don't have to worry, because our Heavenly Father values and cares for us. More than the birds of the air (which he feeds) and the grass of the field (which he clothes). He knows each sparrow that falls to the ground, and how much more does he care for you and me?

3. Worry doesn’t pay off. “Can anyone by worrying add a single hour to his life?” I starred this one-- *Bethany, you’re not making progress toward a solution when you worry. Bethany, you’re NOT making progress toward a solution when you worry. BETHANY, ARE YOU LISTENING? YOU MAKE NO PROGRESS WHEN YOU WORRY.*

4. God will provide for those who seek Him. For crying out loud, He’s already done the hard part, He already sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for our sin. Why wouldn’t he be able to take care of these menial every-day needs? Why do we trust him for eternal life, but not for our daily needs? Do I really think that I can do a better job taking care of my life than God could? If I do, there’s a major problem.

5. Tomorrow is in God’s hands. “Tomorrow will take care of itself.” as in, God took care of today, and he’ll do the same tomorrow. 
The question is: Do you trust him?

There’s so much more I learned, and so much more that I didn’t even have time to write down. It really spoke to me, because I’m such a natural worrier. Some people joke that if there’s nothing to worry about, I’ll make something to worry about. Or if I’m not worried about anything, I’m looking for the next thing to worry about. It’s a terrible habit of mine, and I’ve been working at it for years now. I feel like this sermon gave me some great ammunition against worry. And it came down to one all-encompassing thought for me: Bethany, If you’re going to be faithful to God, you must not worry. 

I'm hoping this speaks to you in some way, and if it does I'd love to hear that I'm not the only one!

In other news: 

Here are two songs I've been thinking about today:

Time for me to post this baby and catch a few zzz's...
Have a blessed week, and don’t worry, be faithful!!


  1. CBC seems like a solid church (I read their statement of beliefs). What's the name of your home church again?

  2. I agree! I enjoyed visiting, and can't wait to do so again.
    Currently my home church is Trinity Fellowship Evangelical Free Church.

  3. Very cool! Have you been reading any good books lately?

  4. I actually haven't had much time for reading lately, except for the Bible and Spurgeon's Morning&Evening, and my Bible Study which is Beth Moore's David study 'Seeking a Heart like His' which I've really been enjoying! What about yourself?

  5. I just finished "The Masculine Mandate" by Richard Phillips. Great book on Biblical masculinity. I recently started trekking through "Mortification of Sin" by John Owen. I'm big on Puritan and reformed authors (enjoying the "good ol' stuff")...and of course, Scripture.

  6. I haven't yet gotten into much Puritan and reformed reading, I've been reading mostly modern because it tends to relate well to the people that I'm working with. What would you recommend as an easy intro into the "good ol' stuff"?

  7. Ah that's right, you work with youngins. Oh and please don't get me wrong, modern writers are great! The Holy Spirit definitely uses them as well as older writers to aid in our sanctification.

    My single most absolute favorite Puritan book is "Valley of Vision". It's a collection of Puritan prayers organized by topic. I just love how God has used these prayers to also shape my own, making them so much more Christ-centered and not me-centered.

    Just in case:

  8. Oh! I think my family has that book floating around in one of our libraries. I'll have to go look for it. Thanks for the suggestion.