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Look at the Flowers

05.19.2024

34M

Dan and Jo Watson tune in from Passion City Church Trilith to discuss God’s promise to provide everything we need, honing in on Luke 12:22-31.

Key Takeaway

When our humanity wants to default to worry and fear and to do everything ourselves, Scripture tells us to look at the flowers.

  • Studies show that 90% of the things we worry about never happen. Yet we invest our energy, time, and effort in worrying.
  • When we worry, it robs our whole being and confidence and stops us from living the way that God has created us.
  • We live in a world with few unmet expectations, which causes us to worry. We worry because we don't know what will happen. But in order not to worry, we need faith.
  • When things aren't going well, we put our energy, effort, and time into things other than God. But your Father knows all that you need.
  • Maybe we worry because we forget to first seek God.
  • Seek—to attempt to find something, to search.
  • His promises are true.

How do we seek Him?

  1. S—Start with the obvious. Start with reading the Word of God. If we want to get to know Him and find Him, go to the Word.
  2. E—Enter into conversation. Prayer is our direct access to God. He isn't afraid of questions or doubts. He listens.
  3. E—Expect Him to reveal Himself. You're looking with anticipation. You will walk through life with a very different mindset.
  4. K—Keep knocking. Commit to the journey.
  • We're going to seek Him, and then we are going to trust Him.
  • We can trust God's Word wholeheartedly. His Word will not return void. Scripture can be etched into our minds. When people look at us, they can trust that we stand on the faithfulness of God's Word.
  • Faithfulness—to be firm, steadfast, unmoving, and unchanging.
  • We don't have to worry—we can stand firm on the Word of God.
  • The actions of our lives show evidence of whether we trust God or not.
  • If we start scrambling, it means that we trust in man.
  • We want to be a people that trust wholeheartedly in God, and God alone.
  • God will provide.
  • God can heal.
  • God can restore.
  • God can reconcile.
  • God can mend broken hearts.
  • Our posture is simply, "God, I trust You."

What does He promise?

  1. To supply every need we had according to His riches and glory in Christ.
  2. His grace is sufficient.
  3. There will be comfort in our trials.
  4. Victory over death.
  5. All things will work together for our good for those who are in Christ Jesus.
  6. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
  7. Every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus.
  8. Peace when we pray.
  9. To finish the work He started in us.
  10. Eternal life.
  • We are meant to have a kingdom perspective.
  • When the thoughts come in, and we worry and scramble, we need to draw on the authority of God. If it doesn't align with Scripture, we acknowledge the lack of authority it has.
  • He is the lifter of your head, the rock that you stand on, and the joy of your strength.
  • It's a reminder that when our humanity wants to default to worry and fear and to do everything ourselves, Scripture tells us to look at the flowers. When we look at the flowers, we're reminded of our value in Christ Jesus. In His eyes, we are precious. We are wonderfully and beautifully made. When we look at the flowers, we gain confidence.
  • Life is fleeting.
  • What we do today and how we live counts, but in Christ Jesus, there's eternity. When we place our faith in Jesus, we have this confidence and assurance that we will live forever in Him. Just as Christ was raised from the dead, so shall we. We can be seated with Him.

Quote

"Why give so much energy, time, and effort to worry when we can seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added onto us."

Dan Watson

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Scripture References

  • Luke 12:22-31
  • Jeremiah 29:13
  • Psalm 119:89-90
  • Malachi 3:6
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Philippians 2:10
  • 1 King 10:4-7
  • Matthew 6:33
Dan Watson Pastor of Passion City Church Trilith