The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event to ever take place in Heaven and in Earth. Nothing compares to it. God touched the earth, lived, and died for our sins; was buried and rose again. Nothing compares to it. Jesus, though He was brutally crucified, was raised again from the dead and Christianity stands and falls on this single point. Were it not for the resurrection of Christ, our preaching would be useless and our faith would be fruitless.

If Christ was not risen from the dead, then those who believed, believe an empty gospel, nourish an empty faith, and die clinging to a baseless hope. As Christian believers, everything we believe in, everything we stand on, everything we stand for as Christian believers, we do so because of what we believe by faith, about the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. That’s why, the enemy of the Christian Church, is continually working on strategies that he believes will rock the faith of the Christian believer and drive them into a state of panic and worry.

For the most part, that’s what crisis is all about. That’s what epidemics are all about. That’s what pandemics are all about. The daily challenges of life, the disappointments that life bring, the tragedies, the hardships and the headaches that come along with life…..are all a part of the strategic, programmatic, diabolical attempt by the enemy to seriously shake our faith and drive the Christian believer into a state of panic, uncertainty, and worry.  That’s what your latest situation was about; to drive you into a state of worry.

Worry is a misuse of imagination. Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, people around the world are worried about their jobs, their future, their children’s future, their health, their personal relationships, and so much more. The tragedy about all of this is:

  • Much of what we worry about doesn’t matter at all!
  • 40% of all things that we worry about never come to pass.
  • 30% of all our worries involve past decisions that cannot be changed.
  • 10% of all we worry about are related to our health, which only gets worse when we worry.
  • Only 8% of our worries could be described as “legitimate” causes for concern.

Jesus illustrated the worthlessness of worry during his sermon on the mount recorded in Matthew chapter 6 verses 25, 27, 31-34.

25. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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?

27. Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

31. “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32. For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

In this portion of scripture, Jesus pointed out that worry is unnecessary, unfruitful, and unbecoming of a Christian believer. On this resurrection day many of us are being crucified between 2 thieves: yesterday and tomorrow. You’ve taken on the regrets of yesterday, the uncertainties of tomorrow and you still have today’s issues you’re worried about.

When you withdraw from the bank of tomorrow, you’ve increased the burden of today and you end up paying interest on both. So, you’ve added to yourself a burden you were not meant to have.

It’s okay to plan for tomorrow. The Bible talks about that but what you cannot do is be unraveled by tomorrow. You shouldn’t worry about tomorrow because the only thing God is promising you is today. “Give us This Day our Daily bread.” His mercies are new every morning.

Worrying about tomorrow blinds you to the blessings of today.

When you allow yourself to be unraveled by tomorrow, you’ve gone further than God has promised. You insult God when you worry. When you do, you say to Him:

“The birds can trust you, the flowers can trust you, but I’m not sure I can.”

Doctors report that 43% of all adults who suffer from ill health do so because of worry and stress. Worry has been linked to many of the leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, and suicide.

Medical science has closely tied worry to heart troubles, blood pressure problems, ulcers, thyroid malfunction, migraine headaches, and a host of stomach disorders.

It is my prayer that this Easter season helps you to understand and appreciate the worthlessness of worry.

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