Why am I so stressed out?
Have you ever asked yourself this question?
Without a doubt, life is filled with challenges and unexpected difficulties. As believers, the Bible gives us a clue how to cope with the burden of care and the stress of life. The challenge is for us to do that, we must choose it.
Like all carnal things to stress out and worry about stuff is as natural as other carnal and sinful activities. However, like all sinful activities, the end result involving ourselves in the habit of worry leaves us worse off.
Our nervous system, our emotional well-being can end up broken and weakened.
Jesus can touch your heart in a time of prayer or at a church service…. however, when you walk out the door, you must put into action Biblical principles or the very burden that is lifted out of habit we can choose to pick it right back up.
And then you wonder, “I thought I got a touch, I thought I got deliverance.”
You may have, but the bad habit of how we think and what we do with our mind continually reloads our wagon… and before long we are overwhelmed all over again.
There is an answer. Sadly most people already know the answer, but like most sin, we dismiss scripture rather than alter the way we live, or in this area, the way we think.
Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi in chapter 4
“Rejoice in the Lord!
Let your patient gentle attitude be known by everyone.
Don’t worry about anything, but rather pray about everything.
When you do this you will experience the peace that is beyond your ability to explain it.
Keep your thoughts on the love and power of Jesus Christ.
From now on discipline your mind and what it thinks about.
If it is true
If it is honest
If it is just
if it is pure
If it is beautiful
If it is good news
If is is virtuous
If it is a testimony
If it is encouraging
Think only on these things. And beyond thinking, everything that you have learned, heard, been given and seen that is good and righteous, do it.
If you will keep your mind thinking good thoughts and your life doing the right things, you will experience the peace of God.
Because of this, it does not matter how things go, good or bad I know what to do. I can do all things through the power of Jesus Christ.”
If you are overwhelmed and stressed out.
You are either doing wrong or thinking wrong.
Some will respond to this simple truth is to then to jump off into, “This woe is me, I can’t do anything right.” Stop it. You can do better and think better, however, you have to take ownership and responsibility for your own mental and spiritual health. If not, no one can help you undo what you do to yourself. Stop it.
Bad stuff happens, however, God has given us access to a peace and a power that is greater than ourselves. So it does not matter what is happening or going on. You can live with a sense of peaceful purpose on good days and bad days.
How? Get your mind right. Get your actions right.
A few weeks ago the Lord dropped a word in my heart and it was this.
“Quit thinking about what you don’t have and think about the promise and faith you do have.”
Every Bible character faced terrible challenges. However, we read about them because they overcame these things through faith in God. You to can be an overcomer, but you must make the mental and spiritual choice of what you are going to think about and respond to those challenges.
Don’t worry, rejoice.
Don’t fret, Give God Praise!
Don’t stress out but rather shout it out!
Pray this prayer with me,
Forgive me for the sin of doubt and worry.
Forgive me for the sin of prayerlessness and feeilng the worry monster in my soul.
Forgive me for not doing what I know I should do.
If you will help me, I will not let myself fall into the hole of doubt and involve my mind in the whirlwind of worry.
I thank you for all you have done and I trust that the good days and great workings of God are going to be manifested in my life.
In Jesus Name
In Him, By Him, Through Him,
This Scripture is a promise that is available to you.
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.