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Focused On Today

Main Scripture - Matthew 6:11
Matthew 6:11 NKJV
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:34 NKJV
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Supplemental Scripture - Isaiah 41:10, 43:1, Matthew 6:25-34

Big Idea

Fear has a proper place and it's in the hands of God.
Think about this:


Consider how freeing it is to only be concerned with one day at a time, rather than feeling the pressure to manage your entire future all at once.
How do you feel ?


Be encouraged. Even Christ prayed for daily bread (sustenance)
and told his followers not to spend time worrying about tomorrow (the future).
What do you Do about Fear & Anxiety?


Be released from future fear, worry, and anxiety
and focus your energy on today.
Let us pray


Lord, help us to let go of all our plans and ideas about how things should be done in the future. Help us to be present in the day we are living. Help us to trust that you will provide all we need for today.”


Welcome back! Today is our 3rd week in our Fear Not series.
So far we’ve talked about the difference between healthy and unhealthy fear.
We know that God does not give us a spirit of fear but rather a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control.
We also learned that fear has a proper place.
Can anyone here today tell me where fear, anxiety, worry, doubt, etc… belong?
(Pastor - Asking questions and reiterating the previous weeks will help the audience follow along and re-engage with the material you’re going to be sharing today. If there are any stories or testimonies to share here about dealing with healthy/unhealthy fear and putting fear in its proper place that would be helpful in setting up today’s message)
Today we’re going to look at one of the most important lessons Jesus taught his original followers.
This is a teaching that we cannot miss and it’s lifelong importance cannot be understated.
Simply put, as followers of Christ we are called to be focused on today.

Main Teaching

In our world today, fear, anxiety, and worry is at an historically high level. People are struggling in these areas like never before.
The current climate we live in today, makes Jesus’ words more important then ever, when he says, “ not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
. Jesus, the Saviour of mankind said, Don’t worry about tomorrow.”
This allows us to focus and to be present for today, to deal with every circumstance and situation that may come up.
Let’s Read what Jesus said about worry in (Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?... So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat,’ or, ‘what shall we drink?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34)
As a young man I came to a time in my life, that I had to decide, whether or not I was going to follow Jesus, or follow the world.
When you follow Jesus

I. Your Value in Christ

As we begin, Remember that life is more important than the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the vacation you might take next month, the size of your retirement account, your zip code, or most anything else you might currently be concerned with.
In fact, God believes you are so value that:
He sent His one and only son to die and suffer in your place so that you might spend eternity with Him.
God doesn’t want us to waste this precious life paralyzed by unhealthy fear, worry, anxiety or doubt.
Remember last week’s sermon? Paul learned the secret about fear, anxiety, and worry, that they belong in the hands of God - not yours.
Philippians 4:6–7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And Jesus says in Matthew that you don’t need to worry. It’s a waste of your eternally valuable time and energy.
Jesus wants to give you

II. Your Daily Bread

You may remember that the command fear not appears in one form or another 365 times from Genesis to Revelation.
God gave us this specific exhortation for every single day of the year.
You could literally make a calendar with a different fear not verse to remind you throughout the year.
Here are a couple examples;
Isaiah 43:1 (NKJV)
1 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
I want to turn your attention to something Jesus says in the Lord’s Prayer also found in Matthew chapter 6. In regards to prayer he says,
“This then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.’” - Matthew 6:9-11
Jesus reminds us of a couple key things here.
First, our God in heaven is holy and worthy of our reverence. His will on earth is what we need.
And secondly, we need Him to give us our daily “bread,” our daily nourishment and sustenance.
Many of us consume a daily portion of fear. Add to that anxiety, worry, doubt, etc… and we’re filling ourselves with “junk food” instead of the divine sustenance we really need.
Understand what Jesus is saying in Matthew 6. He’s telling you not to worry about tomorrow, it has enough trouble of its own.
He’s also telling you to pray and specifically ask God for the daily food and nourishment that you need.
He knows that every single day brings along with it an ample amount of trouble.
This includes things to be scared of, worried about, and anxious over. I
God in heaven knows that a single day at a time is enough of a challenge for you and I.

III. Your Responsibility

Remember when I said earlier that I thought this teaching on fear was all incredibly freeing? I want to elaborate on that a bit here.
First, we talked about the difference between healthy and unhealthy fear. Second we talked about putting fear in its proper place.
When you add that to what we’re learning from Jesus today, you begin to see how fear can be overcome.
With some self-discipline and confidence in the process you can take fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, etc.... and put them in their proper place knowing that your responsibility is to be focused on today.
(Pastor - do you have a personal story to share here about a time where you lost time and/or energy to fear, anxiety, worry, etc…? This could be a good place to connect with the audience)
2. As people of God we can play an active role in identifying fear and giving it back to God. This is our daily responsibility.
I’m reminded of the story in Numbers 13 & 14 where the twelve spies went to explore the promised land. They returned with a fear-filled report about the giants who lived in fortified cities throughout the land. Caleb and Joshua were the only spies who trusted that God would deliver His people into the land as he had promised. The rest of the spies and all the people rebelled against God and Moses and decided it would be better to return to slavery in Egypt. In this instance, it cost God’s people 40 additional years of wandering in the desert.
The people of God allowed fear to rob them of the promise of God and steal their precious time. For most, it meant the rest of their lives.


Obviously, the story I just shared is an intense one. In fact, it is one of the most painful stories in the history of Gods people being set free from slavery and entering the promised land. Some of the main points of the story however, are still applicable in our lives today.
Is fear robbing you of the promises of God in your life?
Is fear stealing your precious time?
Are you feeling paralyzed by the potential trouble that the future may or may not bring?
We desperately need the discipline to check ourselves throughout the day.
We need discipline to form new habits in identifying healthy fear from unhealthy fear and
We need abundant power and love in our responses.”
And today I want to add an important addendum to that statement. We only need to exercise that spirit filled self-discipline one day at a time.
In harmony with our Matthew 6 passages from earlier, we just need to be focused on today. Tomorrow has enough trouble of its own.
The past 2 weeks I’ve given you a specific challenge and this coming week I want you to continue them.
Everyday I want you to identify areas of unhealthy fear in your life.
Then I want you to place that fear back in the hands of God through gratitude laced prayer.
As you continue to make this a habit I believe you will begin to experience a divine peace in your life that transcends human understanding.
And more importantly, I believe you will begin to put a distance between yourself and fear while also living more of the life God has for you.
Let’s pray together.


John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you’d would like to receive Jesus today, please pray this prayer with all of us:
Lord I believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that He died On the cross for my sins and His resurrection from the dead gives me eternal life. I ask forgiveness of my sins, and I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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