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Once I was talking to a man who was really stressed out. He was concerned about his past, and worried about his future. Every word out of his mouth was negative. Everything in his life worried him. The bad things worried him because they were bad, and the good things worried him because they might get bad. With him, everything was a "no win" situation.

Worry is a sin. It is the by-product of fear. It is not of God and we should not do it. Let me explain.

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus preached His famous "Sermon on the Mount." This sermon has a tremendous amount of teaching in it, but one thing is often overlooked and untaught. Jesus commanded us, over and over again, to not worry.

Jesus said in verse 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."

I can guarantee you that you will not see this verse on a plaque in the clothing stores or in the shopping malls.

Then in verse 27, Jesus said, "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" And in verse 28 He says, "So why do you worry...?"

Then again in verse 31 He says, "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'"

Then we get to the verse we all know so well, Matthew 6:33, where Jesus said, "But seek first the kingdom of God."

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Larry Ollison
Web site: Walk On the Water Faith Church
Dr. Larry Ollison is founder and Senior Pastor of Walk on the Water Faith Church and founder of Larry Ollison Ministries. With over forty years in the ministry, he is a very popular speaker nationally and internationally and ministers the Word of Faith through radio, television, Internet, and daily e-mail devotionals. As the author of eight books (including The Power of Grace, The Practical Handbook for Christian Living, Breaking the Cycle of Offense, Life is in the Blood, and recently released The Paradise of God), he is in frequent demand for radio/TV interviews, book signings, and magazine publications.

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