Do Not Worry *Luke 12:22-32

When we take the words of Jesus and apply them to our lives we are free.
*He frees us from:
(vs. 22 ) worry; about life – our lives, food – what we eat, body – our health and physical condition, clothes – what to wear
(vs. 25 ) worry; about time – living longer, how long you live
(vs. 26 ) worry; about everything
(vs. 29 ) worry; about food – what we eat, what we drink
(vs. 32 ) worry; afraid – not having enough to live
Jesus tells us not to worry about such things because
*God promises:
(vs. 24 ) we are more valuable – God will feed us
(vs. 28 ) God will clothe us
(vs. 30 ) God knows the need – God will provide
(vs. 31 ) All these things; food, drink, clothing, shelter, everything will be given to us; not some, not most, not all but 1 or 2. No, every single thing will be given; not might, not could, not should, but will be given to us.
(vs. 32 ) the Kingdom; the treasures of heaven, living in God’s presence, eternal life
Why worry when God promises to provide for everything we need. Plus, we can reap the benefits of gaining peace and a better life without worry or being afraid.
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Salvation *Luke 23:32-43

Jesus was always surrounded by two groups of people: Those who believe in Him and those who don’t; those who scorn, mock, sneer and those who follow Him. Even on the verge of death (even in the midst of excruciating pain) Jesus is more concerned for sinners than He is for Himself; His own misery while nailed to the cross just hanging there waiting to physically die. The temporary separation from the Father was too much to bear, and yet Jesus isn’t focused on Himself nor on what lies ahead. No! His focus is still, and has always been, to do the Father’s will by leading God’s people to salvation through faith in Jesus. God’s invitation and promise of salvation goes right up to the last moment of Jesus and the criminal’s life. This last conversation at the last minute is quite inspiring, because the criminal turned to Jesus, recognizing who He is, and humbly asked Jesus for mercy. Jesus immediately grants him salvation.
This is proof that salvation is through faith alone, for Jesus assures the man he will be with Him today in Paradise. Not tomorrow, nor the next day, not when he does something good, nor following any rules. No, today the man will be with Jesus. The criminal had a transformation right there acknowledging who he is and who Jesus is. Faith in Jesus brings life and not death. Paradise is lush, beautiful, plentiful, peaceful, abundant in every way where The Almighty is present and where all believers will go because they will be with Jesus. How awesome is this!!!
The choice is yours to make. Will you chose life/salvation in Jesus or not which leads to spiritual death.;NIV