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Showing Revision 4 created 06/30/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. Okay, well, I want to revisit;
  2. we looked at it two weeks ago.
  3. We began to think about
  4. this topic of anxiety.
  5. So, Luke 12.
  6. And this is just somewhat of a parallel
  7. to what we looked at 2 weeks ago
  8. just to start;
  9. just to kind of prime the pump.
  10. My Bible - now this isn't inspired -
  11. it is not inspired, but at Luke 12:22,
  12. I have a heading that says:
  13. "Do not be anxious."
  14. We're talking about anxiety.
  15. And we talked about anxiety attacks.
  16. Some, like between 20
    and 30 million people
  17. have supposedly been diagnosed
  18. with some form of anxiety attacks,
  19. panic attacks.
  20. Like I said last time,
  21. perhaps that's the same thing
  22. as a nervous breakdown.
  23. Maybe that's just a bit of
    an older description of this.
  24. Anxiety.
  25. The Bible has something
    to say about anxiety.
  26. It's not just the psychologists
  27. that say something about it.
  28. And verse 22, listen to what Jesus says.
  29. "Therefore, I tell you,
  30. do not be anxious about your life."
  31. Do not be anxious.
  32. That's what we're told in Scripture.
  33. No anxiety.
  34. Don't be anxious.
  35. And we can look down through here.
  36. Verse 25, "Which of you by being anxious
  37. can add a single hour
    to his span of life?"
  38. You can't.
  39. In other words, your anxiety
  40. doesn't fix things,
  41. it doesn't help things,
  42. it doesn't improve the situation.
  43. It doesn't do any good
    is basically the thing.
  44. Verse 26, "If then, you are not able
  45. to do as small a thing as that,
  46. why are you anxious about the rest?"
  47. In other words, you should not be.
  48. No anxiety.
  49. Verse 29, "Do not seek
  50. what you are to eat,
    what you are to drink,
  51. nor be worried."
  52. So you have it.
  53. Don't be anxious.
  54. Don't be worried.
  55. You keep reading a little further.
  56. Verse 32, "Fear not, little flock."
  57. So, don't fear.
  58. Don't be worried.
  59. Don't be anxious.
  60. Here's one of the things
    that we have to recognize.
  61. The Gospel deals with anxiety.
  62. And so we should have that expectation.
  63. We should have the expectation
  64. that we know, we recognize,
  65. if you're not saved
  66. and you don't know the Lord,
  67. and you're in your sin
  68. and death is coming
  69. and you've got to face
    God on judgment day,
  70. there's all manner of
    things to be afraid of,
  71. to be worried about,
  72. to be anxious about.
  73. You have every reason to be fearful
  74. and anxious
  75. if you're approaching judgment day
  76. and you do not have your sins forgiven.
  77. You're in trouble.
  78. You're in trouble. You should be worried.
  79. But the Christian,
  80. what Jesus is saying is look,
  81. My people don't have a reason
  82. to be anxious, to be worried,
  83. or to be fearful.
  84. They don't.
  85. The Gospel deals with that.
  86. And Jesus isn't just saying
  87. that well, if you've got anxiety attacks
  88. and you become a Christian,
  89. I will help you manage your anxiety.
  90. That's not it.
  91. Jesus comes along and He says,
  92. "don't be anxious.
  93. Don't be worried. Don't fear.
  94. Fear not, little flock."
  95. Why?
  96. I mean, you know the image
    that came to my mind today?
  97. Have you ever seen a parent
  98. when a child is traumatized?
  99. A child gets scared by something?
  100. I have this image in my mind.
  101. I remember when we
    were planting the church
  102. down in Stockdale, Texas.
  103. Caleb Mussulman was about that tall.
  104. He's already graduated from college
  105. and got himself a job as an engineer.
  106. But he was just this little guy.
  107. We came out of the building
  108. and there was a house back behind there
  109. and they had a pit bull.
  110. And this pit bull reared up.
  111. We came out the door
  112. and he was there
  113. and I think his parents
    were over by their van.
  114. So there was a good distance between them.
  115. That pit bull raised up over there
  116. and it began to bark
  117. and it came running full speed.
  118. And it hit the end of its chain
  119. and it stopped it dead in its tracks.
  120. But Caleb was terrified.
  121. And I went, but it's like,
    he didn't want me.
  122. He wanted his dad.
  123. His dad was the place of safety.
  124. And have you ever seen a father?
  125. They pick up a child like that
  126. and they say,
  127. "It's okay. It's okay."
  128. Well, isn't that the way a parent
  129. oftentimes tries to comfort the child?
  130. You know, they fall and they're crying,
  131. or they get scared or something.
  132. The parent puts their arms around them
  133. and says, "It's going to be okay."
  134. But you know the thing about that,
  135. they don't really know
    if it's going to be okay.
  136. Parents can't protect their
    children from everything.
  137. What they say is going to be okay,
  138. it may not be okay.
  139. But you know when God lays His arms
  140. around His children
  141. and says it's going to be okay,
  142. it is going to be okay.
  143. And that's what we have.
  144. That's what the Gospel answers.
  145. It's going to be okay.
  146. If He tells you not to fear, why?
  147. It's because you don't have to fear.
  148. Listen, if He's forgiven your sins,
  149. what do you have to fear?
  150. If you have God on your side,
  151. and He's stronger than everything else -
  152. in fact, He's not just stronger,
  153. He is minutely in control.
  154. You don't have to fear.
  155. In fact, if Jesus says fear not,
  156. if He says do not be anxious
    and we are anxious,
  157. it's sin.
  158. And as we looked at last time,
  159. the real issue is
  160. we are questioning the character of God.
  161. That's really the issue.
  162. We're doubting God.
  163. When God wraps His arms around us
  164. and says, "you're Mine,
  165. and you're going to be okay,
  166. and you don't have to worry,"
  167. if we go on worrying,
  168. what we're really doing,
  169. the big deal is that we're saying,
  170. "we don't trust You."
  171. "We don't believe You."
  172. And see, we have to walk by faith.
  173. Because you know, the thing is,
  174. you know how God puts His arms around us?
  175. Through words written in a book.
  176. Not by actual arms
  177. that we physically feel wrap around us.
  178. What's my point?

  179. My point is when a child is laid hold of
  180. by a parent,
  181. there are physical arms,
    they feel the warmth,
  182. they feel the security,
    they feel the strength.
  183. You know where our
    strength, where our security
  184. has to be felt?
  185. Through words in a book.
  186. That's it.
  187. We walk by faith, not by sight.
  188. But you know what?
  189. Just because it's words
    and not physical arms,
  190. doesn't make it any less.
  191. In fact, it's all the more,
  192. because those everlasting arms,
  193. if God is with us, who can be against us?
  194. And when He says He's with us by word,
  195. it would be more like the parent
  196. yelling from far away to their little boy
  197. in words, "Don't worry.
    It's going to be okay."
  198. God is speaking to us from Heaven.
  199. He's speaking to us
    through an inspired book.
  200. Now, what happened last time is -

  201. and I don't know if
    everybody really recognized
  202. or understood maybe
  203. what our sister Claudia had brought up.
  204. She asked a question -
  205. sister, how did you ask the question?
  206. (unintelligible)
  207. Tim: Say that again.
  208. James: When does
    concern turn into anxiety?
  209. Tim: Okay, when does
    concern turn into anxiety?
  210. How do you test it?
  211. And you know, I gave a little,
  212. perhaps a minute answer to that,
  213. which I think the things that were said
  214. were right, but as time went on,
  215. I thought more and more about that.
  216. And I thought, you know what,
  217. looking at good anxiety versus bad anxiety
  218. would be a worthwhile
    little study for tonight.
  219. So, let's open our Bibles.

  220. Look at Philippians.
  221. We're just going to look at some of these.
  222. Philippians 4:6
  223. Somebody want to read
    that if they find it?
  224. "Do not be anxious about anything,
  225. but in everything by
    prayer and supplication
  226. with thanksgiving,
  227. let your requests be made known to God."
  228. Tim: Okay. Don't be anxious for anything.
  229. So, let me ask this question.
  230. Is there a place for any anxiety?
  231. If you're going to be honest to that text
  232. what's the answer?
  233. What's the obvious answer?
  234. No.
  235. But here's the thing,
  236. Scripture will often make
  237. dogmatic statements about something
  238. when the truth is that the word
  239. that's being used, like here "anxiety,"
  240. don't be anxious about anything.
  241. There are words in Scripture
  242. that sometimes can be used
  243. in a negative connotation,
  244. and sometimes in either a neutral
  245. or a positive connotation.
  246. And what we have to do is recognize
  247. how the word is being used.
  248. There are places in our Bibles
  249. where anxiety is actually a good thing.
  250. But we have to understand it.
  251. We have to understand it in context.
  252. Because it's the same word.
  253. It's the exact same word.
  254. The exact same word can be used
  255. in a good way;
  256. it can be used in a negative way.
  257. Can anybody think about any other word

  258. that's used in Scripture
  259. that can either be used in a bad way
  260. and a neutral way,
  261. or a bad way and a good way?
  262. Same word.
  263. World.
  264. Following the course of the world.
  265. Right there at the
    beginning of Ephesians 2.
  266. Obviously, dead in trespasses and sins,
  267. following the course of this world,
  268. following the prince
    of the power of the air.
  269. "World" there is bad.
  270. Love not the world.
  271. But, the world can be
    that which God created.
  272. What's another word?
  273. Fear. Absolutely.
  274. There is a bad fear.
  275. Give me an example of a bad fear.
  276. Well, we could say, Luke 12.
    We just saw it.
  277. "Fear not, little flock."
  278. But then, I'm thinking of 2 Corinthians 7
  279. where we're basically working out
  280. this self-cleansing;
  281. cleansing ourselves of every defilement
  282. of body and mind.
  283. Anybody know how?
  284. Yes, bringing holiness to completion
  285. in the fear of the Lord.
  286. That is a good one.
  287. Anybody think of any
    other words like that?
  288. Lust. That's another one.
  289. Typically, when it gets translated "lust"
  290. it has a negative connotation,
  291. but the word is "passion" or "desire"
  292. and it often can be a good one.
  293. Any other words?
  294. Hate?
  295. Hate can be good and hate can be bad.
  296. But that's got more to do
    with the object of the hatred,
  297. but yes, that could be in that category.
  298. Law?
  299. (unintelligible)
  300. Yeah, there can be
    different meanings to law.
  301. That's for sure.
  302. There are places like
    where Scripture would say
  303. that we're dead to the law.
  304. Well, what that means is
  305. whatever the law is there,
  306. it's good that we die to it.
  307. But then we're also living to another law,
  308. so yes, depending on
    how that word is used.
  309. Maybe flesh has various
    connotations to it.
  310. Flesh can definitely be an evil thing
  311. or a negative thing.
  312. Works. Yes, works.
  313. But anyway, you get the idea.
  314. Anxiety falls into that camp.
  315. I want to give you four of what I think

  316. are the clearest New Testament examples -
  317. when I say New Testament,
  318. you have to remember
  319. there is an Old Testament Greek.
  320. It's the Septuagint.
  321. And we can find the
    word back there as well,
  322. but in the New Testament,
  323. the four most obvious uses.
  324. And it's the exact same
    word in the original.
  325. Exact same.
  326. One example would be found
  327. in 1 Corinthians 12:25.
  328. Let's look at that.
  329. Somebody read that when you get there.
  330. 1 Corinthians 12:25.
  331. "That there may be
    no division in the body,
  332. but that the members may have
    the same care for one another."
  333. Tim: That word "care,"
  334. that is exactly the word
  335. from Philippians 4:6 for anxiety.
  336. Now the thing is,
  337. you do have to recgonize this,
  338. it's the same word,
  339. but sometimes it's found
    in the noun forms;
  340. sometimes it's found in the adjective form
  341. as we look at these different examples.
  342. You have anxieties - that's the noun form.
  343. Or being anxious - that's the adjective.
  344. So, what we have here,
  345. read that again about care.
  346. Listen to this.
  347. This has to do with being
    in the same church together.
  348. "That there may be no
    divisions in the body,
  349. but that the members
    may have the same care
  350. for one another."
  351. Tim: See, the members of
    this body have care.
  352. This body is not this universal body.
  353. You can't care for people
    that you don't know
  354. out in the middle of nowhere in China.
  355. I mean, you might be able to support
    a missionary that's going over there.
  356. But the obvious implication here
  357. of being a member of a body
  358. is it's the local body.
  359. You're living for each other.
  360. And the actual word is:
  361. you're being anxious for each other.
  362. That's the word.
  363. You're being anxious for each other.
  364. I'll show you another similar usage

  365. in 2 Corinthians 11:28.
  366. Somebody can read that
    when they get there.
  367. 2 Corinthians 11:28.
  368. "And apart from other things,
  369. there is the daily pressure on me
  370. of my anxiety for all the churches."
  371. Tim: Right, there it is again.
  372. So you have members in the same body,
  373. or members in this body
  374. that are supposed to be
    anxious for each other.
  375. You have Paul who is admitting
  376. that above all the trials
    that he's dealing with,
  377. one of the greatest ones
  378. above and beyond them all
  379. is the fact that he carries around anxiety
  380. for the churches.
  381. What churches?
  382. Well, all the churches.
  383. He even would write to churches
    that he had never visited,
  384. never seen them face to face.
  385. And he would say to them
  386. he's praying for them all the time.
  387. He carried about a burden.
  388. Let's see something similar.

  389. Go back to Philippians 2:20.
  390. I love this.
  391. This is one of the great descriptions -
  392. we often think about
    qualifications for ministry
  393. coming from the pastoral epistles.
  394. Well, there are qualifications
  395. that we can find in other places.
  396. The book of Acts chapter 20 is tremendous.
  397. 1 Peter has some great
    things to say about elders.
  398. But this, what words are
    spoken about Timothy!
  399. You want to talk about
    qualifications for the ministry.
  400. Somebody read Philippians 2:20.
  401. "For I have no one like-minded
  402. who will sincerely care for your welfare."
  403. Tim: That word "care" -
  404. again, same word that we have
  405. in Philippian 4:6
  406. that says be anxious for nothing.
  407. Isn't this interesting?
  408. If you were listening to Paul speak
  409. in the original Greek,
  410. you know what he says?
  411. He says to the church
  412. I don't have any man like him.
  413. He's anxious for you.
  414. And then he turns around and says to them
  415. be anxious for nothing.
  416. And he uses exactly the same word.
  417. Look, they're not going
    to misunderstand him.
  418. They recognize in one case
  419. it's used in a very positive way.
  420. In the other case,
  421. it's used in a negative way.
  422. Now keep reading. Who was reading that?
  423. Keep reading.
  424. "For all seek their own,
  425. not the things which are of Christ Jesus."
  426. Tim: Aye aye aye...
  427. You talk about convicting!
  428. When I read that,
  429. every time I read that,
  430. that is convicting.
  431. I'm blown away by that statement.
  432. Think about it.
  433. How many men did Paul work with
  434. over the years?
  435. You just think through the epistles.
  436. Who are the men that he names?
  437. Who are the men that he's
    sending in different directions?
  438. He worked for a time with Demas.
  439. We know Demas defected.
  440. But he worked with Tychicus.
  441. he worked with Onesimus.
  442. He worked with Epaphras.
  443. He worked with Apollos.
  444. He worked with Timothy.
  445. He worked with Silas.
  446. He worked with Barnabas.
  447. At least those guys.
  448. He worked with Luke.
  449. He worked with Mark.
  450. (incomplete thought)
  451. How about Epaphroditus?
  452. He worked with all these different guys.
  453. And yet, he's able to say,
  454. nobody has the anxiety for your soul.
  455. He doesn't mind his own things;
  456. he minds the things of Christ
  457. What a statement!
  458. (from the room)
  459. I think of Mary and Martha.
  460. Martha actually told the Lord,
  461. "do You not care that my sister
  462. has left me to serve alone?"
  463. But then Christ says,
  464. "You're anxious and troubled
    about many things."
  465. (unintelligible)
  466. Tim: Exactly, that's a bad anxiety.
  467. So right there,
  468. you care about the wrong things.
  469. That.
  470. That's at the heart of this.
  471. See, this is really where we
    want to make the distinction.
  472. How do we know?
  473. What are the tests?
  474. When can you look at yourself and say,
  475. wow, the anxiety that I'm feeling -
  476. because look, if you
    have the kind of anxiety
  477. that Jesus says you should not have
  478. and Paul says you should not have,
  479. you know those are imperatives.
  480. There are imperatives that are given
  481. that say - it's a commandment -
  482. don't be anxious.
  483. Which means if you are, it's sin.
  484. When you blatantly contradict
  485. something in your life
  486. that Scripture tells you not to do,
  487. that's sin.
  488. What is sin?
  489. Sin is transgression of the law.
  490. It's transgression of the commandments.
  491. It's transgression of the will of God.
  492. The will of God is what God
    sets forth in His Word.
  493. It's sin.
  494. So how do we distinguish between the two?
  495. Before we move on,

  496. I want to give you one more example
  497. of the positive use of this
  498. and it's found in 1 Corinthians 7.
  499. 1 Corinthians 7:32-34,
  500. we have an interesting usage
  501. of the word anxiety several times.
  502. Somebody that gets there,
  503. you can go ahead and read
  504. 1 Corinthians 7:32-34.
  505. "I want you to be free from anxieties.
  506. The unmarried man is anxious
  507. about the things of the Lord,
  508. how to please the Lord.
  509. But the married man is anxious
  510. about worldly things,
  511. how to please his wife."
  512. Tim: Keep going.
  513. "And the unmarried or betrothed woman
  514. is anxious about the things of the Lord."
  515. Tim: Okay, stop.
  516. Now, look, isn't that
    convoluted in itself?
  517. Listen to what he says in v. 32.
  518. He doesn't want them anxious.
  519. And yet in v. 34, what does he say?
  520. That the unmarried woman
  521. is anxious about what?
  522. The things of the Lord.
  523. So when he says he doesn't
    want them anxious,
  524. is that what he's talking about?
  525. Well, no, if you look at the flow,
  526. it's obvious what he's talking about.
  527. He comes along and he says
  528. I don't want you anxious.
  529. But there's a context there.
  530. He's saying if you get married,
  531. you're going to be anxious
  532. about things of the world.
  533. If you don't get married,
  534. then you'll stay focused
  535. and be anxious only about
  536. the things of the Lord.
  537. But that's a positive use right there.
  538. Be anxious about the things of the Lord.
  539. That's a good thing.
  540. In fact, that's why he doesn't want
  541. people to marry.
  542. So any of you guys thinking
    about getting married...
  543. I still recommend marriage.
  544. But okay, we don't need to sidestep.
  545. But here's the thing.

  546. There's good use. There's bad use.
  547. You obviously see that from Scripture.
  548. We looked at examples of both.
  549. But the question that is on the table
  550. is how do we know the difference?
  551. Obviously, Jesus tells His disciples
  552. don't be anxious.
  553. We saw that in Matthew 6.
  554. We looked at it today in Luke 12.
  555. We heard from it our brother Tony
  556. mentioned Martha.
  557. Jesus said,
  558. "Martha, you're anxious about
  559. all sorts of things."
  560. Good or bad? Obviously bad.
  561. Why? What's the comparison?
  562. Her sister.
  563. Her sister who is not
    full of these anxieties.
  564. She's seated at the feet of Christ.
  565. She's chosen the good part.
  566. It wouldn't be taken away from her.
  567. So how can we distinguish?
  568. Because here's the thing.
  569. I'll tell you this.
  570. I have four children.
  571. Somebody has said,
  572. as a parent, you can only be as happy
  573. as your saddest child.
  574. There's something to that.
  575. Do you know with every child that you have
  576. a new set of anxieties?
  577. (incomplete thought)
  578. I went bike riding this afternoon,
  579. which I typically do right
    before this study with Craig.
  580. And I told Craig that we had
  581. a number of visiting families
  582. and we had some people that were
  583. looking at moving here.
  584. We rode for a little while,
  585. and Craig said something like,
  586. I don't know if that's a good thing.
  587. And I said, well, it's true.
  588. It's kind of like a parent
    having another child,
  589. adopting another child.
  590. With each family that comes to the church,
  591. typically it brings responsibilities.
  592. It brings anxieties.
  593. Often, it brings problems.
  594. And you know, if you think about it,
  595. okay, Paul comes along and he says,
  596. hey, I want you free from anxieties.
  597. I just want you to be
    anxious about the Lord.
  598. So don't get married,
    because if you get married,
  599. you know what?
  600. Then you've got concerns about a wife.
  601. And if you've got a wife,
  602. then you might have kids
  603. and you've got concerns
    about all those things.
  604. And you know what?
  605. You know what we could say?
  606. I just want to withdraw.
  607. I don't want to have a family.
  608. I want to keep my distance.
  609. You know, if you get too close to people,
  610. then all of a sudden, you care,
  611. and if you care,
  612. it hurts.
  613. And there's burden.
  614. There's troubles.
  615. Can you imagine?
  616. There's that family that has 18 kids.
  617. I thought about that.
  618. Oh, 18 children...
  619. it's like 18 children just multiplies.
  620. I have four.
  621. It multiplies by over four-fold
  622. the things that you feel;
  623. the potentials for them
    to be in car accidents,
  624. or get leukemia,
  625. or to marry a lost spouse,
  626. and the person divorces them,
  627. or have your grandchildren be stillborn.
  628. You could think that way.
  629. And you know what?
  630. You know what the truth is?
  631. If I really don't want to have anxieties,
  632. the best thing is don't be married,
  633. don't have children,
  634. certainly, don't be a pastor.
  635. Don't be like Timothy.
  636. Don't be like Paul who's got
  637. all these anxieties over the churches.
  638. Don't be like Timothy
  639. who's got anxieties over
    the people at Philippi.
  640. Don't get close to anybody.
  641. In fact, withdraw.
  642. Go build a cabin out somewhere far away.
  643. Listen, I'm serious.
  644. If you do that,
  645. many of the anxieties -
  646. now, I know, you could all of a sudden
  647. have anxieties that a grizzly
    bear's going to come
  648. carry you off at night.
  649. But, what we don't want to do clearly
  650. is fall into that thinking.
  651. Let me tell you,
  652. a lot of people that struggle
  653. with anxiety attacks,
  654. you know what they end up doing
  655. in the midst of their anxieties?
  656. They end up withdrawing.
  657. They don't want to be around people.
  658. Why? It's too much.
  659. It's just too much.
  660. It's overwhelming anxiety.
  661. But here's the thing,
  662. we need to recognize
  663. that there's good anxiety
  664. and there's bad anxiety.
  665. The reality is to love more people,
  666. it's like the body in 1 Corinthians 12.
  667. You be a member of this body.
  668. You know what it says there?
  669. We weep with those who weep.
  670. You know if you weep with those who weep,
  671. like if it's really true,
  672. you can only be as happy
    as your saddest child,
  673. the truth is if that's what
    God wants from us -
  674. we're to weep with those who weep,
  675. then you know what,
  676. loving people brings certain sorrows.
  677. You know what the problem
    is if you love people?
  678. It opens you up to pain.
  679. And it opens you up to worry
  680. very possibly.
  681. Because if you love somebody,
  682. you're concerned about them.
  683. And what we certainly don't want to do
  684. as we try to steer people away
  685. from the negative anxieties,
  686. we want to at the same time
  687. encourage that they embrace
  688. the good anxieties.
  689. So how can you tell the difference?

  690. How can you tell Paul
  691. who says, look, above all the things -
  692. somebody look at that
    text in 2 Corinthians.
  693. That text was found in 2 Corinthians 11.
  694. And the text specifically was in v. 28.
  695. Maybe I'll read that one.
  696. 2 Corinthians 11.
  697. Listen to this.
  698. (incomplete thought)
  699. What Paul's doing here
  700. is he's comparing himself
  701. to these false apostles.
  702. V. 22, "Are they Hebrews? So am I.
  703. Are they Israelites? So am I.
  704. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I.
  705. Are they servants of Christ?
  706. I'm a better one."
  707. Now he's not speaking pridefully here.
  708. He was a true apostle.
  709. They were false apostles.
  710. And he says it right away.
  711. I'm talking like a madman.
  712. He knew this sounds arrogant,
  713. and he says I'm talking
    like a madman here.
  714. But I've been in far greater labors.
  715. I've suffered much more
    for Christ than any of them
  716. because I'm preaching a
    message that gets persecuted.
  717. Unlike those guys.
  718. They're ear ticklers.
  719. They're man pleasers.
  720. Anyway, look what he says.
  721. "Far greater labors,
  722. far more imprisonments."
  723. Some of us have perhaps been in jail.
  724. He was in jail for Christ's sake.
  725. But not just that.
  726. Countless beatings.
  727. If we had one person in our midst
  728. who had been beaten just once
  729. for the name of Christ,
  730. we would so highly esteem that person.
  731. Any of you... (incomplete thought).
  732. Kevin - he got punched right?
  733. (incomplete thought)
  734. Suffering for Christ's sake.
  735. I mean, people that
    are willing to do that.
  736. I love that.
  737. But he was beaten - he
    didn't even know the number
  738. of times he was beaten.
  739. He was often near death.
  740. Like he says at times,
  741. they feared for their lives.
  742. "Five times I received at
    the hands of the Jews
  743. 40 lashes less one."
  744. The most you could give
    under Mosaic Law: 40.
  745. So they always did 39
  746. lest they should accidentally go over.
  747. Can you imagine?
  748. I've got a rod right there behind Wendy.
  749. Can somebody imagine if I took that rod
  750. and I beat you with it 39 times?
  751. As hard as I could?
  752. This is what he went through.
  753. "Once I was stoned and left for dead."
  754. We know about that account.
  755. "Three times I was shipwrecked.
  756. A night and a day I was adrift at sea.
  757. Frequent journeys and dangers from rivers,
  758. danger from robbers,
  759. danger from my own people,
  760. danger from the Gentiles,
  761. danger in the city,
    danger in the wilderness,
  762. danger at sea,
    danger from false brothers,
  763. in toil, hardship,
    many sleepless nights,
  764. hunger and thirst,
    often without food,
  765. in cold and exposure
  766. and apart from other things,
  767. there is the daily pressure on me
  768. of my anxieties for all the churches."
  769. It's like he's gets done,
  770. and it's like you want to know
  771. what really is a burden to me?
  772. Not all those things.
  773. Daily I carry around this burden
  774. for the churches.
  775. We want that.
  776. We want that kind of love.
  777. That is a good anxiety.
  778. We should pursue that.
  779. But okay, how do we know the difference?

  780. How do we know when we feel panicked,
  781. or we feel cares, we feel burdens,
  782. we feel anxiety, we feel cares?
  783. What's a good mark
  784. that the thing is good or bad?
  785. Here's some things.
  786. You guys can be thinking
  787. if I don't hit on one that you think of,
  788. I'll give you the opportunity
  789. after I throw these out.
  790. Number one,

  791. here's a question that you need to ask.
  792. What are you concerned about?
  793. See, that's a good thing to ask.
  794. Because I can tell you this,
  795. every time in Scripture
  796. that it's a good anxiety,
  797. it's being anxious for people
  798. or the 1 Corinthians 7,
  799. it's being anxious for the Lord.
  800. Versus the bad anxieties
  801. which would be being anxious for money
  802. or for clothing or for food
  803. or for drink
  804. or for the physical things.
  805. You know what Paul said
  806. when it came to financial things?
  807. When it came to wealth?
  808. When it came to provision in this world?
  809. He said God has taught me
  810. both how to be abased
  811. and how to abound.
  812. In other words, I don't
    freak out either way.
  813. He's taught me how to go through both
  814. resting on Him
  815. and trusting in Him.
  816. He says this to the Philippians.
  817. He's going to supply our every need
  818. according to His riches
    in glory through Christ.
  819. It's going to happen.
  820. He's taught us.
  821. But think about what you're anxious about.
  822. It doesn't mean that a bad anxiety
  823. can't be attached to people.
  824. But it's just a point well worth making
  825. that when Paul was
    anxious for the churches,
  826. it was people.
  827. When Timothy was anxious
    for the Philippians,
  828. it was people.
  829. When you think about these examples
  830. and then the 1 Corinthians 7,
  831. where the person that marries,
  832. he's anxious for the things of his wife
  833. versus the girl that stays single -
  834. she's anxious for the things of the Lord.
  835. That's the first thing to think about.
  836. What are we anxious about?
  837. Is it people and is it the Lord
  838. who are driving our concerns?
  839. Or is it stuff?
  840. Is it the fear of whether God's going to
  841. provide for us?
  842. Is it the fear of whether we're going to
  843. get something that we think we want?
  844. Even if that's a spouse.
  845. Just panicking because you're not sure
  846. about tomorrow.
  847. You're just worried all the time.
  848. How am I going to make it?
  849. How am I going to take care of my family?
  850. How is this going to happen?
  851. So that's the first thing.
  852. The second thing is this.

  853. Look at Matthew 13:22.
  854. This is the well known parable
  855. of the four soils.
  856. The third soil type
  857. is found in Matthew 13:22.
  858. The explanation, the interpretation.
  859. Somebody want to read that?
  860. "As for what was sown among the thorns,
  861. this is the one who hears the Word
  862. and the cares of the world..."
  863. Tim: Right there.
  864. The cares of the world?
  865. That's the anxieties of the world.
  866. Keep going.
  867. "...and the deceitfulness of riches
  868. choke the Word and proves unfruitful."
  869. Tim: It chokes the Word
  870. and it proves unfruitful.
  871. Cares of the world
  872. lead to no fruitfulness.
  873. In fact, if you compare this
  874. to the other Gospels,
  875. what happens is it chokes,
  876. it keeps the fruit from
    coming to fruition.
  877. Or, look at this text.

  878. Luke 21:34.
  879. Somebody read that when you get there.
  880. "But watch yourselves,
  881. lest your hearts be weighed down
  882. with dissipation and drunkenness
  883. and cares of this life
  884. and that day come upon you suddenly
  885. like a trap."
  886. Tim: There it is.
  887. Cares of this life.
  888. Cares of this life.
  889. You get weighed down by them.
  890. And what does it say there in Matthew 13?
  891. It said that there's a choking.
  892. These cares choke.
  893. And what happens?
  894. There's not fruit.
  895. And so the thing that
    we need to ask is this:
  896. Does your anxiety produce fruit
  897. or does it choke it?
  898. Because think about this.
  899. If a person is having anxiety attacks,
  900. and they can't even get themselves
  901. to get out of their bed
    or out of their home
  902. on a Sunday to come to the service,
  903. to use their spiritual gifts
    to strengthen other people,
  904. to encourage other people,
  905. to get there to stir up one another
  906. to love and good works
  907. and not forsake the assembling together,
  908. to get there and hear about
  909. what's happening in other people's lives,
  910. to bear one another's burdens,
  911. to rejoice with those who rejoice,
  912. to weep with those who weep -
  913. if you're not able,
  914. do you know what that anxiety is doing?
  915. It's choking fruit.
  916. Whereas Paul, thinking about
    the churches all the time,
  917. his care for the churches,
  918. that didn't produce a choking.
  919. That didn't produce a fruitlessness.
  920. That didn't produce in Paul
  921. a desire to fly away
  922. and build a cabin out in the woods.
  923. You know what it did?
  924. Listen to him speak
    to every single church.
  925. He says I am constantly remembering you
  926. in prayer.
  927. That's fruit.
  928. His anxiety caused him
  929. to take those churches
  930. before the throne of grace
  931. over and over and over again.
  932. It caused him to go to those churches,
  933. to risk his life.
  934. Do you remember what he said
  935. to the church at Rome?
  936. He says, oh, I have longed to come to you
  937. that I might have some fruit among you.
  938. He wanted to come and preach the Gospel.
  939. He wanted his faith and their faith
  940. to mutually edify each other.
  941. Listen to how he talked
    to the church at Corinth.
  942. He talked about coming,
  943. and what did he want to do?
  944. He didn't want to come
    and have to use the rod.
  945. But he would if he had to.
  946. Why? Because he would come
  947. to set things in order.
  948. What did Paul send Titus
  949. to the churches in Crete to do?
  950. Good things. Fruitful things.
  951. When Paul and Barnabas
  952. went through the churches in Acts 14,
  953. do you know what they were doing?
  954. They were encouraging the brethren
  955. and appointing elders.
  956. But good things.
  957. They were risking their life.
  958. They were risking imprisonment.
  959. They were risking beatings.
  960. Why?
  961. Listen, when Paul said
  962. that he could just as well die as live,
  963. what did he say?
  964. What did he say?
  965. I desire to depart and be with Christ,
  966. but what?
  967. James: To remain in the
    flesh is far more necessary...
  968. Tim: For their sakes.
  969. See, kill me. Chop my head off, Nero.
  970. And I get to go to glory.
  971. But you know what?
    You know what's more needful?
  972. Not that I fly away, build a cabin
  973. outside of Frisco, Colorado.
  974. He says it's more necessary that I stay.
  975. Why? Because the people of God needed him.
  976. See, this is what I would ask you.
  977. Whatever anxieties you have in your life,
  978. is it leading to fruit?
  979. Because what we see
  980. is that the anxieties of this world
  981. choke the Word and there's no good fruit.
  982. It doesn't come to fruition.
  983. Versus the kind of care that Timothy had.
  984. Listen, the kind of care that was there
  985. in 1 Corinthians 12.
  986. You've got this body -
  987. this body full of these members.
  988. And these members,
  989. they have anxiety for each other.
  990. And so what do they do?
  991. They weep with each other.
  992. They rejoice with each other.
  993. And of course, that chapter
  994. is speaking about spiritual gifts.
  995. They're using their spiritual gifts
  996. to build up one another.
  997. You see, that's what you have to think.

  998. Is your anxiety causing you
  999. to pray for those people?
  1000. Is it for people?
  1001. Is it for the Lord?
  1002. And is it causing you to pursue fruit?
  1003. Are you anxious for the Lord?
  1004. If you cross reference what it says
  1005. about the young man who doesn't marry,
  1006. and the young lady who doesn't marry,
  1007. the young man, it talks about
  1008. being freed up so he can pursue
  1009. righteousness and holiness.
  1010. With the young lady, so she can
  1011. be anxious about the things of the Lord.
  1012. That's an interesting parallel.
  1013. What does it mean to be anxious
    for the things of the Lord?
  1014. It means you're set
    on a course of holiness.
  1015. You're set on a course of righteousness.
  1016. (from the room)

  1017. Early on, you were talking about
  1018. being anxious for people and for the Lord.
  1019. That text of Mary and Martha,
  1020. it seems to attach bad anxiety
  1021. with being distracted.
  1022. So Martha was distracted with much serving
  1023. whereas Mary, it says the Lord says,
  1024. one thing was necessary,
  1025. and so she chose it, right?
  1026. And she wasn't distracted
  1027. be the cares of this world.
  1028. They didn't choke out the Word.
  1029. She was focused on the Lord specifically.
  1030. Tim: I want you to think here.

  1031. You have one sister
  1032. sitting at the feet of
    Christ as He teaches.
  1033. You have another sister in the kitchen
  1034. making food for Jesus.
  1035. Now I want you to really think about that.
  1036. We can fool ourselves.
  1037. And I think Martha did.
  1038. Martha believed:
  1039. what I'm doing, I'm serving the Lord,
  1040. and my sister is lazy.
  1041. And I need help.
  1042. And I think when she appealed to the Lord,
  1043. she fully expected the Lord to say,
  1044. Mary, get up off your rear
    and go help your sister.
  1045. Because think if you're Martha.
  1046. Wasn't it Mary who brought out
  1047. the alabaster box
  1048. and she poured it on Christ?
  1049. Think about serving the Lord.
  1050. Serving the Lord.
  1051. It sounds good.
  1052. That's a biblical thing.
  1053. Here's the amazing thing.
  1054. You can get to where you're even anxious
  1055. about serving the Lord,
  1056. and it's a bad anxiety.
  1057. Because it's an anxiety that is the fruit
  1058. of not choosing the better part.
  1059. It's an anxiety that isn't focused
  1060. on the right things.
  1061. You see, Mary was focused on Christ.
  1062. And she sat there at His feet
  1063. and heard Him teach.
  1064. And this is subtle.
  1065. Because if you asked,
  1066. well, wait, isn't there good fruit
  1067. in making a meal for Jesus?
  1068. Yeah, perhaps, but here's the thing.
  1069. When we think about what
    we're being anxious about,
  1070. I didn't put that in here,
  1071. but that is a good thing to ask yourself.
  1072. Is my anxiety -
  1073. even though it may seem good,
  1074. it may seem biblical,
  1075. it may seem right and righteous,
  1076. but is my anxiety causing me
  1077. to miss the best parts of Christianity?
  1078. Christ Himself.
  1079. Are my anxieties distracting me?
  1080. Because that's what she was.
  1081. You're distracted.
  1082. You're anxious and you're distracted
  1083. about many things.
  1084. Distracted from what?
  1085. She's chosen the good part.
  1086. That's a good question to ask.
  1087. Is my anxiety in any way
  1088. drawing me away from Christ,
  1089. even if it's serving Him?
  1090. Because I find this,
  1091. if I have a healthy anxiety for you
  1092. as a pastor,
  1093. it takes me to Christ.
  1094. It takes me to Him.
  1095. It takes me to Him to plead
  1096. for you to Him.
  1097. It makes me think,
  1098. honestly, I recognize,
  1099. what I'm preaching on
    right now in the church,
  1100. that you really focusing
    on the love of Christ
  1101. is the most healthy thing.
  1102. I recognize you beholding
    the glory of the Lord
  1103. is at the heart.
  1104. So we need to ask ourselves that.
  1105. Do our anxieties cause us
  1106. to choose Christ and focus on Christ?
  1107. That's a good sign
  1108. that that's a healthy anxiety.
  1109. Or does it, even if it's serving Him
  1110. in a certain respect,
  1111. does it causes us to
    be distracted from Him?
  1112. Good thought there.
  1113. Number 3 and closely associated to this,

  1114. how do my anxieties
    affect my prayer life?
  1115. Because remember -
  1116. James probably can quote it -
  1117. Philippians 4:6,
  1118. "Do not be anxious about anything,
  1119. but in everything with
    prayer and supplication
  1120. with thanksgiving..."
  1121. Tim: Did you hear that?
  1122. Prayer and supplication.
  1123. You are supposed to make your requests
  1124. known to God.
  1125. Here's the thing.
  1126. Be not anxious, but...
  1127. rather...
  1128. what are you supposed to be doing?
  1129. It's like Paul sets these things
  1130. against each other.
  1131. Anxiety over against
  1132. taking these things to the Lord.
  1133. I would ask you this.
  1134. A good indication as
    to whether your cares,
  1135. your concerns,
  1136. your anxieties,
  1137. whether they're good or bad
  1138. is do they tend to take you to the Lord
  1139. in prayer?
  1140. Or do they traumatize you?
  1141. Do they cause you to neglect the Lord?
  1142. Do they cause you to ignore the Lord?
  1143. Do they cause you to be
    distracted from the Lord?
  1144. What does it do for your prayer life?
  1145. Because you know what?
  1146. That parent who says
  1147. I have all these children
  1148. and I'm anxious for them,
  1149. well, when you say
    you're anxious for them,
  1150. does that mean, like Paul
    being anxious for the churches,
  1151. that you're taking your children
  1152. before the throne of grace all the time
  1153. and pleading, pleading on their behalf?
  1154. Like Job did.
  1155. Bringing that sacrifice.
  1156. Bringing that offering to God,
  1157. in case your children sin.
  1158. You're pleading for their souls.
  1159. Does it bring you there?
  1160. Or is it the kind of thing where
  1161. no, it doesn't.
  1162. You just worry, worry, worry, worry
  1163. and going to God doesn't help,
  1164. and so you don't go there.
  1165. You tend to neglect that.
  1166. Now that's a big indicator
  1167. that your anxieties are basically
  1168. coming from idolatry.
  1169. You've made too much of a god
  1170. out of the thing that
    you're anxious about,
  1171. whether that be
    your children or whatever.
  1172. But examine the prayer life.
  1173. I put here "good anxiety suffers."

  1174. We already kind of talked about that.
  1175. But obviously, if being
    anxious for one another
  1176. means that we weep for one another,
  1177. it means if our brothers
    or sisters are hurting,
  1178. we seek to enter in.
  1179. We don't seek to be distant.
  1180. And I guess that's one of the things
  1181. that we need to ask ourselves.
  1182. Are we pursuing those kinds of anxieties?
  1183. Are we seeking to feel
  1184. for what other people feel?
  1185. Are we seeking to enter in to bear
  1186. one another's burdens in that sense?
  1187. Because true anxiety -
  1188. the good anxiety -
  1189. is willing to feel pain,
  1190. obviously, from that
    1 Corinthians 12 passage.
  1191. It's willing to feel pain.
  1192. It's willing to hurt with others.
  1193. (from the room)

  1194. Proverbs 12:25 says,
  1195. "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
  1196. but a good word makes him glad."
  1197. (unintelligible)
  1198. Tim: Well, let's talk about that.
  1199. I'll just shoot right to that one.
  1200. Read that proverb again.
  1201. "Anxiety in a man's heart
    weighs him down..."
  1202. Tim: What proverb was that?
  1203. Proverbs 12:25
  1204. Tim: But listen to that.
  1205. Here's one of the questions I want to ask.
  1206. What did Peter say about anxieties?
  1207. Cast them on the Lord.
  1208. Can anybody quote it? I Peter 5:7.
  1209. (unintelligible)
  1210. "Casting all your cares upon Him,
  1211. for He careth for you." (KJV)
  1212. But think about that - casting.
  1213. You know, that comes from a psalm.
  1214. It comes from - somebody find this,
  1215. Psalm 54:23.
  1216. Somebody look that up.
  1217. Tony, throw me a water.
  1218. (unintelligible)
  1219. Psalm 54:23.
  1220. (unintelligible)
  1221. James: It's Psalm 55:22
  1222. Tim: Is it? Both my
    numbers were off by one?
  1223. Okay, go ahead and read it.
  1224. James: Cast your burden on the Lord?
  1225. Tim: How was I off that much?
  1226. That's really bizarre.
  1227. Anyway, but listen,
  1228. I want you to get this,
  1229. because this is a big one.
  1230. And this is helpful.
  1231. Peter basically says
    "cast all your cares."
  1232. Cast your anxieties.
  1233. In the Septuagint,
  1234. the word anxiety is
    used right here as well.
  1235. And this is really where
    Peter gets this from.
  1236. If you look at the word in the English
  1237. in our ESV and probably in
    most of the translations,
  1238. it's "burden."
  1239. Cast your burden.
  1240. Okay, think about the proverb.
  1241. Anxiety does what?
  1242. It weighs us down.
  1243. Cast your burden.
  1244. A burden is heavy.
  1245. Let me give you another one.

  1246. Somebody look at 2 Corinthians 11:28
  1247. and read it.
  1248. This is of course Paul
    talking about the churches.
  1249. Can somebody read that one?
  1250. "And apart from other things,
  1251. there is the daily pressure on me
  1252. of my anxieties..."
  1253. Tim: Right there.
  1254. The daily pressure of the anxiety.
  1255. Let me give you one more.
  1256. Somebody read Luke 21:34 again.
  1257. Because there is a recurring theme.
  1258. There is a pressure.
  1259. Proverbs says anxiety weighs.
  1260. 2 Corinthians 11:28,
  1261. there's a pressure.
  1262. Psalm 55, there is a burden.
  1263. Now listen to what Luke 21:34 says.
  1264. Somebody read it.
  1265. "But watch yourselves,
  1266. lest your hearts be weighed down..."
  1267. Tim: Your hearts what?
  1268. Weighed down.
  1269. This is a big one.
  1270. What I would ask you is this.
  1271. When you take your anxieties to the Lord,
  1272. are you lightened?
  1273. See, I think you have a good feel,
  1274. and look, this isn't make-believe.
  1275. When a true Christian goes out
  1276. before the Lord and prays
  1277. and their heart is full of all manner
  1278. of cares and burdens and anxieties,
  1279. and you take those
  1280. and you cast them on the Lord,
  1281. if I have a burden on my back;
  1282. if I'm carrying a couple
  1283. 40 pound bags or 80 pound bags
  1284. of concrete,
  1285. and I cast those on somebody else,
  1286. I feel it.
  1287. I'm lightened.
  1288. The thing that all these verses said
  1289. is a recurring theme.
  1290. I kept looking at this Greek word
  1291. in the adjective form
    and in the noun form
  1292. and I just kept going
    through them all today
  1293. and just looking at them
    and looking at them.
  1294. And it jumped out at me -
  1295. this idea of pressure,
  1296. this idea of weight,
  1297. this idea of these things being a burden.
  1298. They weigh the heart down.
  1299. I know this,
  1300. if you're told to cast all your anxieties
  1301. upon the Lord
  1302. because He cares for you -
  1303. I know this,
  1304. that if you actually cast a burden on Him,
  1305. it's no longer on you.
  1306. And I know this.
  1307. I know the reality
  1308. of having such heavy cares.
  1309. Throughout my life,
  1310. there have been times
  1311. I have such cares about my children
  1312. or such cares about the church -
  1313. individuals in the church -
  1314. and you go and pray,
  1315. and it's just like,
  1316. yes, I can go forward now
  1317. because I've unloaded that.
  1318. I still feel the anxiety;
  1319. I still have a concern,
  1320. but the Lord had promised.
  1321. He's promised to help.
  1322. He's promised to be
    One Who answers prayer.
  1323. He's promised to do all manner of things.
  1324. And I know He cares.
  1325. And I know He's working everything
    for good for His people.
  1326. And I know that He loves this
    church far more than I do.
  1327. (incomplete thought)
  1328. And this is one of the
    things you want to ask.
  1329. Because I'll guarantee you this,
  1330. if you try to pray, you attempt to pray,
  1331. you're full of these anxieties,
  1332. you're having panic attacks
  1333. and whatever other thing,
  1334. and you seek to go to the Lord,
  1335. and it doesn't help
  1336. and it doesn't do anything,
  1337. you don't feel light;
  1338. you don't feel helped;
  1339. you don't feel that weight,
  1340. that pressure lifted,
  1341. then I would say there's something wrong.
  1342. Because casting those burdens on Him
  1343. should be a reality.
  1344. And if we're carrying anxieties,
  1345. we should be able to unload them there.
  1346. And if that's not happening;
  1347. if you're not feeling that freedom
  1348. and that lightening
  1349. and that weight and that pressure
  1350. being relieved,
  1351. then you're not really
    casting your cares on Him.
  1352. So that's key.
  1353. I think that's so key
  1354. to examining your prayer life there.
  1355. (incomplete thought)
  1356. It's because the Septuagint
  1357. doesn't use the same Greek word there.
  1358. That's why I didn't find that proverb,
  1359. but that's very helpful
  1360. because it's basically
    saying the same thing.
  1361. (unintelligible)
  1362. Tim: Lifting up your heart.
  1363. That's what happens when you feel
  1364. the weight come off.
  1365. And I can tell you, see,
  1366. I like to pray out in
    these fields over here,
  1367. but I can tell you, there's been times
  1368. I've gone out that door heavy,
  1369. and I've come back in that door
  1370. a lighter man.
  1371. Now sometimes may not as light
  1372. as I would like to have been lightened,
  1373. but definitely many times much lighter.
  1374. (unintelligible)
  1375. Tim: I would not put a weight to it.
  1376. How about this?

  1377. I put this one:
  1378. Can we rejoice, sleep, play?
  1379. What I was thinking about here
  1380. is again, this weighed down thing,
  1381. but think about it.
  1382. Here's Paul with all these anxieties.
  1383. And yet, when he was in Philippi
  1384. and he got thrown in jail,
  1385. what did he and Silas do?
  1386. They sang.
  1387. What did Paul say to the Philippian church
  1388. when he told them they need
  1389. to be not anxious?
  1390. Take everything to God in prayer -
  1391. what did he say to them?
  1392. Just right in those verses?
  1393. In Philippians 4.
  1394. Rejoice in the Lord.
  1395. And again, I say, rejoice.
  1396. Sleep.
  1397. (incomplete thought)
  1398. Think about it.
  1399. Herod just puts James to death.
  1400. And then he sees it pleases the Jews,
  1401. so what does he do?
  1402. He goes out and captures Peter.
  1403. Have you ever thought about Peter
  1404. when he was there in jail
  1405. and the angel came?
  1406. Do you know what the angel did?
  1407. Did he find Peter wide awake,
  1408. fretting that he was
    going to die tomorrow,
  1409. wringing his hands?
  1410. Anybody remember what he did?
  1411. He kicked him.
  1412. He kicked him. He was sound asleep.
  1413. You ever think about that?
  1414. Here's Peter in prison.
  1415. He knows full well his close friend,
  1416. used to be partner in business -
  1417. in the fishing business
  1418. back there on the Sea of Galilee -
  1419. is dead.
  1420. One of the close comrades!
  1421. One of the Twelve!
  1422. He's the first one and he's dead.
  1423. They're just barely into the book of Acts!
  1424. And now he's been caught.
  1425. He's been caught. He's in prison.
  1426. Well, Herod did it to James.
  1427. And Peter's sound asleep.
  1428. So I would ask you this,
  1429. can you take your anxieties to the Lord
  1430. and put those on Him?
  1431. What was the guy's name?

  1432. Maybe it will come to
    me as I'm telling the story.
  1433. Anybody remember the evangelist
  1434. who was evangelizing people
  1435. after the Titanic went down?
  1436. I can't think of it right off.
  1437. Yeah, there was one that drowned.
  1438. But there was another guy.
  1439. There was a guy who was in the water
  1440. in the North Atlantic.
  1441. It's in the dark.
  1442. And he found a board,
  1443. and he was holding on to it.
  1444. And he was able to get his
    body on top of the board.
  1445. And he said,
  1446. "Lord, there's no sense
    both of us staying awake.
  1447. So I think I'm going to go to sleep."
  1448. And he slept on that board.
  1449. And this guy was rescued.
  1450. There was a guy that was the last convert
  1451. of... maybe his name was Brown.
  1452. But he went to sleep.
  1453. I remember one of these last times

  1454. that maybe two or three years back,
  1455. Ryan Fullerton was at the
    Denton conference with us,
  1456. and we were talking just about trials
  1457. that we'd gone through in the church.
  1458. And Ryan said -
  1459. I think I was telling him about
  1460. the number of things
    that we were dealing with
  1461. at a certain time.
  1462. And he said, yeah, he said,
  1463. isn't it amazing?
  1464. He said I was saying this to our elders
  1465. the other day.
  1466. He was telling his elders,
  1467. we can be dealing
  1468. with five major problems in the church.
  1469. He said, any one of which
  1470. when we were young pastors
  1471. would have just traumatized us.
  1472. He says now we can experience five
  1473. problems of that magnitude
  1474. and still go home and
    play with our children.
  1475. This is what I'm talking about
  1476. when I'm talking about:
  1477. can we rejoice?
  1478. Can we sleep?
  1479. Can we play?
  1480. You see, can you take your anxieties -
  1481. people that are suffering panic attacks
  1482. and they just want to
    curl up in a fetal position,
  1483. that's not what we're talking about here.
  1484. We're talking about taking your fears,
  1485. taking your cares,
  1486. and being able to cast them on the Lord
  1487. to the place where you can actually
  1488. play with your children,
  1489. and you can actually sleep soundly,
  1490. and you can actually rejoice in the Lord.
  1491. You can go to church
  1492. and you can sing the songs
  1493. and you can be lifted up to glory.
  1494. Yes, there's still burdens there.
  1495. But you're able to unload them.
  1496. This is critical.
  1497. Maybe one more.

  1498. Did you notice
  1499. in the parable of the soils,
  1500. it actually says - yes, the fruit
  1501. doesn't mature,
  1502. but did you see what's actually choked?
  1503. It chokes the Word.
  1504. So here's the thing that I would ask you.
  1505. If you have anxieties,
  1506. if you have cares,
  1507. you want to know if they're good or bad?
  1508. Do those anxieties choke the Word?
  1509. What does that mean?
  1510. This is the Word.
  1511. You know what, you're living
  1512. with healthy anxieties
  1513. if you really care, you're concerned
  1514. about your holiness.
  1515. You hate the sin in your life.
  1516. You hate falls.
  1517. You hate coming short of Christlikeness.
  1518. You've got concerns.
    You think about it.
  1519. There's anxieties.
  1520. You have anxieties about people
  1521. because you love people.
  1522. You care about people.
  1523. You want to see people make it.
  1524. You don't want to see people perish.
  1525. You have people in your life
  1526. that you've invested in.
  1527. You want to see them succeed.
  1528. You want to see them please the Lord.
  1529. You're invested in that.
  1530. Here's the thing,
  1531. do your cares choke what's in here?
  1532. Or do they fuel what's in here?
  1533. You see, the bad cares
  1534. choke the Word.
  1535. If your big concern all the time
  1536. is, "oh no, I need a better car."
  1537. "Oh no, what about the TV?"
  1538. (incomplete thought)
  1539. Yes, my air conditioning
    was out last week,
  1540. but if that's all your living about -
    the cares of the world.
  1541. Where you're so caught up
    with the air conditioning,
  1542. and the car,
  1543. and you're caught up with money,
  1544. and you're caught up with retirement,
  1545. and you're caught up with your shoes,
  1546. and you're caught up with
    what the Smith's have next door,
  1547. and you're caught up with your lawn,
  1548. and you're caught up with the garden,
  1549. and you're caught up with the trees,
  1550. and you're caught up with your stuff
  1551. and your hobbies,
  1552. and you're just so consumed.
  1553. Or even if you're caught up with people,
  1554. you're caught up with your kids,
  1555. you're caught up with
    what you're going to eat
  1556. for the next meal.
  1557. You're just so caught up with these things
  1558. that you know what?
  1559. You don't really live for other people.
  1560. Think about the Word.
  1561. I was hungry and you fed Me.
  1562. But you're so concerned about
  1563. your own bank account
  1564. and your own shirts that you wear
  1565. and your own belt
  1566. and your own purse
  1567. and your own everything.
  1568. The cares of this world.
  1569. Oh no, what am I going to do for college?
  1570. What am I going to do for a job?
  1571. And you're so caught up in your stuff
  1572. that you never have time
    to love somebody else.
  1573. You don't have time to
    invest in other people.
  1574. You know, if you're really
    anxious about somebody -
  1575. James was just telling me
  1576. about somebody he and his wife
  1577. have chosen to care for in another place.
  1578. If you choose to invest in people's lives,
  1579. you're thinking about their needs.
  1580. You're thinking about how to give to them.
  1581. You're thinking about how I can help.
  1582. You see, that's what judgment day -
  1583. Jesus says as much as you did it
    unto one of the least of these.
  1584. What did they do?
  1585. You don't visit people in prison
  1586. unless you're thinking about those.
  1587. I mean, I don't know, how many of you
  1588. think about Johannes on a regular basis?
  1589. I know he's not there
    because he's preaching Christ,
  1590. but he professes to be a Christian.
  1591. You know, if you think,
  1592. you feel sighs...
  1593. if you feel warm, fuzzy feelings,
  1594. but you never meet people's needs,
  1595. that's no different than you can
  1596. watch a movie that's a sad story,
  1597. and weep tears.
  1598. You know what that is?
  1599. That's just sentimentality.
  1600. There's no love in that.
  1601. That isn't the kind of anxiety.
  1602. Look, bad anxieties choke the Word.
  1603. Good anxieties do the Word.
  1604. In fact, good anxieties fuel
  1605. the commandments of Scripture.
  1606. When you care about people
  1607. and it produces anxieties,
  1608. like Timothy cared about the Philippians,
  1609. Paul cared about the churches.
  1610. You know what that does?
  1611. That fuels the Scriptures.
  1612. It causes us to all the more embrace them
  1613. and not be hearers only,
  1614. deceiving your own selves,
  1615. but to be doers.
  1616. Oh, I guarantee, true
    and undefiled religion
  1617. before the Lord
  1618. is to visit the widow and the orphan
  1619. in their afflictions.
  1620. We have people - their Christian life
  1621. is just trying not to sin.
  1622. They're just trying to survive,
  1623. not falling into drugs,
  1624. not falling into alcohol,
  1625. not falling back into prostitution,
  1626. not falling into pornography.
  1627. They're just trying to survive.
  1628. Look, if your anxieties stop there,
  1629. that's not good.
  1630. The good anxieties in Scripture
  1631. is when you care about people
  1632. and it produces fruit
  1633. and it doesn't choke the Word.
  1634. It's consistent with keeping the Word.
  1635. You care.
  1636. You care and you invest your life.
  1637. You care and you share the Gospel.
  1638. You care and you give.
  1639. Good anxiety is an outflow of love
  1640. and love gives.
  1641. And people who give,
  1642. people who are anxious -
  1643. why would somebody be anxious?
  1644. When Paul says he's got this anxiety
  1645. for the churches, you know what it means?
  1646. He's thinking about them all the time.
  1647. You know, we're thinking about new elders.
  1648. I'll tell you, that's what you want.
  1649. You want men who are going to be
  1650. anxious about you.
  1651. That's a good thing.
  1652. I mean, if you find out,
  1653. wow, don't you want somebody like Timothy?
  1654. He doesn't mind his own things;
  1655. He minds the things of Christ,
  1656. and I have no one else like him,
  1657. and he's anxious.
  1658. Wouldn't you like to be able to say that
  1659. about all the elders at our church?
  1660. That we're anxious
  1661. for every single one of you?
  1662. God give us more of that anxiety.
  1663. There is a good anxiety in Scripture.
  1664. Something desperately to be sought.
  1665. We want that anxiety.
  1666. As parents, we want it.
  1667. As elders, we want it.
  1668. As Christians, we want it.
  1669. Anybody want to add anything to that?
  1670. (from the room)
  1671. Could it be said
  1672. that bad anxiety tends to be more selfish
  1673. and good anxiety tends
    to be more selfless?
  1674. Tim: Yes, definitely.
  1675. The good anxiety is definitely
  1676. a love-motivated thing
  1677. where it seems like the bad anxieties
  1678. turn away from Christ,
  1679. they turn away from the Lord,
  1680. they turn away from others
  1681. and they bring the focus to us,
  1682. even if it's idolatry.
  1683. There's lots of people
    that get really anxious
  1684. over family members.
  1685. They're just afraid.
  1686. They can't trust the Lord.
  1687. They're afraid something's going
    to happen to my family member.
  1688. Somebody's going to kill my child.
    Somebody's going to rape my child.
  1689. There are people that just can't
  1690. trust the Lord with those things.
  1691. There, the thing has stopped being love
  1692. because it doesn't trust the Lord.
  1693. Anything that doesn't
    trust the Lord is not good
  1694. no matter what kind of
    spin you're putting on it
  1695. because if you're not trusting the Lord,
  1696. and you're just freaking out
  1697. in a frenzy over -
  1698. oh, I just can't trust the Lord with this
  1699. and so I'm worried all the time.
  1700. Well, that's bad
  1701. because you're not trusting the Lord.
  1702. You're not seeing the Lord for Who He is.
  1703. You're not casting your care on Him.
  1704. It may seem like it's love,
  1705. but what it really is is idolatry.
  1706. You've made a god out of those children.
  1707. And you're not willing
    to trust the true God
  1708. to take care of them.