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Matthew 6:25-34

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Our Heavenly Father Knows our Needs and our Future, and He Cares for Us

Matthew 6:25-34

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Lesson Number 14

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should not worry about their basic needs.
  2. Believers should not worry about the future.

Practical Application

  1. How little is your faith?

Questions

  1. Is the Lord’s teaching, “Do not worry,” a suggestion?
  2. What are the two reasons Jesus gives not to worry?
  3. Recall the two illustrations from nature Jesus gives to show we do not need to worry about our basic needs.
  4. Does God’s promise to provide, mean we can sit around and do nothing?
  5. Think of another place in scripture where believers are commanded not to worry.

Answers

  1. No, it is a command.
  2. 1) It doesn’t help to worry 2) There’s no need to worry
  3. 1) Birds of the air 2) Lilies of the field
  4. No, this is not an excuse for laziness. Refer to 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” Also, this promise is only given to those who “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
  5. Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.”

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss how God provides for His creation, which is here today, gone tomorrow. How much more, will He take care of His people? Do you realize how precious you are to God? You are so precious that He sent His only Son to die for you! Thank God for providing for your ultimate need when He sent Jesus as your Savior. Thank Him for providing for your daily needs as well.
  2. We all know fellow believers who could be labeled “worrywarts.” Did you realize this shows a lack of faith on their part? When we worry we are taking our concerns into our own hands, and not trusting God. Discuss why we worry, and why we should not. Trust God; don’t worry.

Challenge

  1. God promises to provide for us. This does not mean everything we want, but everything we need. When we “seek first the kingdom of God,” the things we want will line up with the things we need!

Key Verses

  • “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30
  • “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
  • “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34

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