“Dear God: How do I deal with worry?”

“Dear God: How do I deal with worry?”

After dedicating over 40 children between the two Sunday morning services, and then participating in soul-stirring worship music, Pastor Tim continued in the series by answering the question: “Dear God, how do I deal with worry?”

Before getting specific in addressing worry, Pastor Tim provided a couple of preliminary remarks for foundation:

1: You can be “concerned” about something without being “worried” about it.

  • To be concerned about something means that something troubles you, bothers you.
  • To be worried about it means that something is consuming you and tearing your soul up; it owns you.

2. We bear some responsibility to do what we can to address what worries us. Apply the Biblical answers to dealing with worry. It is not all up to God to deal with the issues that worry us.

Biblical “tips” for dealing with worry.

The “t” stands for…TRUST. Trust in the promised provision of the Father…

  • Matthew 6:25-34 – This is a bold statement by Jesus, that God the Father will meet our basic needs…not our basic wants, but our needs.
  • Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes it helps when we find ourselves worrying about the future to take a look at the past! His promise for provision has gotten us this far, why not the next day or week or year or decade of the journey?

The letter “i” and it stands for nothing, but a vowel was needed to make this work. We’ll say it stands for…in-between, because it’s in-between the “t” and the “p”. 🙂

The “p” stands for…PRAY. Pray and tell God what you are worried about…

  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • Isaiah 26:3, “God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in him, all whose thoughts are fixed on God!”

Let worry be your trigger to spend time with your heavenly Father!

The “s” stands for…SURRENDER. Surrender to the sovereign will and purpose of God…

  • Psalm 139:16 “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Nothing, absolutely nothing will happen to me that is outside my heavenly Father’s plan for my life. I may not like it, I may not understand it, but I surrender to His plans for my life, whatever they may be.
  • Romans 8:28…”And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

A practical suggestion was offering those attending a “My Worry Envelope”. These red envelopes had a sticker on them with the reminder “tips” and verses for worry. Every time you worry, the idea is that you write that worry down and place it in the envelope. If you continue to worry, after placing it in the envelope, you have to remove the item until you’re truly willing to surrender this worry to God. If you weren’t here to get an envelope, make your own envelope or container to place your worries.


If you were at one of the services on Sunday, what was your experience? Anything you would like to pass on to the staff or leadership?

Men: Mark your calendars for June 8, the MANTAS (Men Auctioning Neglected Tools and Supplies) event. Check out more details at the MANTAS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/366995213404620/?fref=ts

Last chance to sign up for the Group Grill, if you are looking for a fun venue for connections with others at River Oaks. Sign up online at www.riveroaks.org and click the “Group Grill” button on the bottom of the page.

Supporting families from within the River Oaks body this week:

  • On Tuesday, May 14 from 4:30-6:30pm, the New Salem Church pre-school (52173 Ash Rd.) will be hosting a lasagna dinner fundraiser for Amanda Steven and her three children who lost husband and father, Alan Steven, in March. All donations will go directly to the Steven family.
  • On Friday, May 17, a dinner benefit will take place at River Oaks beginning at 5:00pm for Miranda Neterer, who is battling a very aggressive cancer.

Trusting more than worrying this week!

Scott Tilley, Adult Ministries Pastor, stilley@riveroaks.org, 574.875.1152 103



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