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-Dealing with Stress!

Posted by Scott on September 24, 2007

Matthew 6:34

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.   -NLT

 34Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.    -ASV

I believe that either of those versions gives us a good idea of how we are to deal with stress in our lives.  As I look over each day, believe me it does have enough to worry about on its own without stressing over tomorrow.

 Consentrate on Things That Are Calming

Phil 4:8 says “Whatsoever things are lovely….of good report…think on these things.”

 In our world today everyone is caught up in the noise and confusion that surrounds them.  I admit I can easily get caught up in the same things.  For my families sake I have worked hard to try and slow life down as much as possible, but the hussle and bussle of our world keeps dragging us back in.  I mean the music is loud and getting louder, the entertainment explodes right in front of us….especially with the tv’s available now…wow.  This can creae stress in our lives, too.  We sometimes have a hard time separating the movies from real life or get ideas from a movie that sets us on a mission to go buy the latest greatest thing we saw or try to recreate that movie into our own lives.  It just goes on and on.

 As the Phillippians verse states for us to concentrate on the calmer things of life.  Meet with someone that is not bouncing off the walls ever now and then.  Watch a movie that is not full of suspenseful and constant action.  Drive to the country and just get out on a dirt road and walk for a ways.  Go to an old cemetary to read grave markers…now there is a quiet place!  Do anything that can help us to relax and refocus on what really matters…..our relationship with God.  If we will all think for a moment, how can we possibly hear God speaking to us and directing us if we have a constant roar in our ears and the driving force of this world has control of our actions?  It will be hard to hear Him.

 Another way of dealing with stress is to listen to some of the old hymn of our faith.  These can be calming, inspiring and revealing all at the same time.  While listening to these old hymns or slower paced worship music, pray and fellowship with God.  Just close your eyes and listen to what our Lord has to say.  He may be trying to get our attention, but everything around us is so loud we cannot hear Him.  Meditate on His promises.  The bible is full of His promises.

 Meet the Inevitable Condition(s) Head On

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”

Many us men suffer with stress because we fight the inevitable.  I know I do this.  I will find myself fighting something with all “my might”.  The key word is “my”.  We should fighting or flowing with God’s might not ours.  The greatest cause of stress I have experienced is working in my own strength.  It will literally wear you out if you make a lifetime of this.  Many suicides by Christians I believe are caused by men and women that were simply living in and fighting this life in their own strength and simply figured life was not worth it.  When we come to this place in our lives we need to let it go.  Run in the direction God is poking you in or drawing you too.  Don’t fight it.  There is something there for you and I when we give ourselves over to His will and direction.  He ultimately recieves tremendous glory from it.

Jesus is a great example of dealing with stressful situations.  He did not fret about these things.  He conquered stress by simply turning impossibilities into opportunities.  Many times we miss out on opportunities to glorify God because we are fighting against that.  I know we encounter problems that seem could have no good end, but remember our ways are not God’s ways.  He has something else greater to accomplish with that issue in our life.  You know something that I have experienced many times in my life is that I had rather be in the middle of a very trying ordeal in my life with God than living like a king without God.  That does not make sense to this world, but it is the truth for the life of an authentic believer in Christ.

Many times we must accept the situations in our lives that we are powerless to change, while doing our best and trusting that God in all of His sovereignty knows best and will take care of everything.

We Should Comfort Others Who Have Complaints

2 Corinthians 1:4 states “Who comforts us….that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble.”

When going through trials in our lives and very stressful moments we can find ourselves not being a comfort or inspiration to anyone.  We become too concerned with our little or big tribulation to care for anyone elses.  I have encountered this with other people that always talk about their issues as though nobody else has any problems.  I am always happy too share what God has done for my family, but many times I cannot get a word in edgewise. 

We are living examples of Christ here on earth.  He cared about the trials other people were having.  If we see someone that has a need and we can fill it, then we should do it immediately…no matter what our problems are.  If we cannot fill that need personally, but have a way to get assistance for this person(s) issues then we should do what all we can with the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  He will guide us on what to do.

In many ways we can become mentors to others that may be in earlier phases of the same types of problems or even other issues and we can help.  Be on the lookout for people God has placed directly into our lives in order for us to minister to them.  Being a comfort for someone else can assist in healing on our issues.

Finally, Trust God with All Concerns

Pslam 62:8 says to “Trust in Him at all times.”

Conquering stress requires that we acknowledge God’s presence at all times.  He is with us, drawing nearer, and working His perfect plan always.  Now, we may not always feel Him as being there, but He promises that He is, so we need to rest in that promise.

God has told us in Hebrews 13:5 that “I will never leave thee, or foresake thee”.  We need to practice the presence of God.

Finally, something that all of us men have a difficult time doing is yielding ourselves to God’s will.  Let Him do His perfect work in, around and through us.  He is responsible for the outcome not us…..we just simply need to be willing to follow Him and obey His word.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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2 Responses to “-Dealing with Stress!”

  1. Greg Bailey said

    God bless u, I am searching for any audio teachings on Phillippeans 4:8 I can find could u please let me know if u have a series of tapes called Think on These Things:

    Greg Bailey

  2. qbaileys said

    Hey Greg,

    I have your request logged in. As soon as I can gather what you are looking for I would be glad to share audio recordings with you.

    The Think on the Things would be by A.W. Tozer and I am not sure there are any audio recordings of that, but I will see if I can locate them and share that information with everyone.

    Pressing on in Him,

    Scott

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