How to Eliminate Stress Part 6: Stop Trying to Fight

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He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!”

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 NLT (emphasis added)

One way we add stress to our lives is by trying to handle what only God can handle. I am guilty of this myself, even to this day, but I am getting better. I think unless you’ve had a strong upbringing in the Lord, people typically operate by using Him as a last resort. We tend to try to figure things out ourselves first and then if what we planned doesn’t work, then we turn to God. What we need to realize is that we need to go to God FIRST and let Him direct us on the path we should take (see Proverbs 3:5-6). When we get involved, we cause more mess and then it becomes a vicious cycle which usually ends with God getting the blame at the end. It’s funny how we blame God for something that he had absolutely nothing to do with (both the problem and the solutions that we cooked up on our own).  Continue reading

10 Bible Verses & Tips to Get You Through a Tough Day

Make a Conscious Decision to Have a Good Day

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24 NLT emphasis added)

Take Control of What You Let Bother You

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMPC emphasis added)

Control What You Think About

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. (Philippians 4:8 AMP emphasis added)

Control What You Say

“People who want to live a full life and enjoy good days must keep their tongues from saying evil things, and their lips from speaking deceitful things.” (1 Peter 3:10 GW)

Lean on God

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)

Be Thankful

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT emphasis added)

Know the Power Working in You

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV emphasis added)

Know that God is Always with You

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT emphasis added)

Stop Worrying about What Hasn’t Taken Place Yet 

“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” (Matthew 6:34 TLB)

Pray Your Way Through the Day

Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT)

How to Eliminate Stress Part 2: Cast Your Care

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Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

1 Peter 5:7 AMP (emphasis added)

Another way we add stress to our lives is by spending countless hours trying to figure out what only God has the answer to. This doesn’t mean that when a situation arises that you just sit and do nothing, but what it does mean is that you leave the outcome to God. Your job is to do what you can do in the natural, but most importantly, do what you can do in the spiritual realm as well. This includes praying, speaking God’s Word on the matter, seeking God’s face, etc. Believe it or not, operating in the spiritual realm produces more results than anything you can do in the natural. Continue reading

How to Eliminate Stress Part 1: Ask for Help

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For apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 NLT

We can eliminate a lot of stress in our lives if we truly believe what Jesus said to His disciples…you can’t do anything without Him. I believe people fall into many different categories as to why they try to handle life on their own. I know for me personally, even though I always knew about God, I really didn’t know that I can go to Him for everything, and because of this, I didn’t. Once you truly know what you have, the need to be independent and do everything yourself subsides because you realize that no matter what you do, if God isn’t in it, it won’t work. When we try to do what only God can do, not only do we mess things up, but we cause unnecessary stress on ourselves.  Continue reading

This Too Shall Pass

it will get betterEven when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.

Psalms 23:4 TLB

 

There are times when life gets the best of us and we just want to throw in the towel. Sometimes our circumstances just seem to never end or get better. Everything that happens in life happens for a reason. James 1:2-3 states that our trials are meant to test our patience, bring us into perfection, and to help us grow spiritually. Today’s scripture shows that the Psalmist is going through a very trying time, but the key is he is walking “through” it.  He did not say that he was stuck in it, but because He is focused on God, he knows that with God, the only option is to get through it victoriously. We have a tendency to say, “I’m going through it right now,” but if Jesus is on your side, thank God you’re going through with Him.  Just imagine people who do not have Jesus on their side. They’re in their mess without Him, if they make it out at all. God will always be with us and guide us through anything that we encounter. His Word and His promises are our comfort. We can be happy in the midst of turmoil because God is our refuge.   Continue reading

Like a Child

beautiful-child-happy-kid-Favim.com-121743Then Jesus called the children over to him and said to the disciples, “Let the little children come to me! Never send them away! For the Kingdom of God belongs to men who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s. And anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get within the Kingdom’s gates.”  Luke 18:16-17 TLB

Children are a beautiful example of the simplicity of life. They don’t have a care in the world and they put their complete trust in their parents. They’re not worried about if they will eat, if they will have clothes to put on, if the bills are paid, if they will have a roof over their head, or what problems are going on in the world. Each day is a day of excitement and God wants your life to be the same way. This is not to say that you just blow off your responsibilities and go through life oblivious. In contrast, what a childlike mentality does mean is that you wake up each day trusting God with everything that concerns you and believe that He will take care of you. You give every care to Him and enjoy your days like you don’t have a problem in the world. Now that’s simplicity at its finest.  Continue reading

Who Will You Call?

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In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
Psalms 120:1 ESV

When you are in trouble, what is your first response? Do you immediately pick up the phone to vent about the situation and get advice on how to handle it? Do you take matters into your own hands? Or do you just let the situation handle itself? To be truthfully honest, all of these options are a recipe for disaster because if you notice, none of the scenarios involve God at all.  Continue reading

I Want to Hear From You

I’m excited to expand my blog to include the input of my readers. The blog will now include writings about topics that concern you and the people that you love. If there is a particular issue that you want godly insight on, please fill out the form that can be found in the menu options at the top of the homepage (*New* Topic Submission). I will take your request before the Lord in prayer and do an in depth personal study, and see what God has to say about the matter. I hope by doing this that it will not only help me evolve as a writer, but it will also bring us closer to God as I commune with Him to give you the insight you need regarding your request. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want this to replace your personal prayer time with God. I encourage you, even if you fill out a request, to still go to God on the matter.

You can submit as many requests as you wish, but I just ask that you be patient during the process of “posting.” Waiting on God’s response, meditating, studying, and praying takes time and patience. I also encourage you to either subscribe to the blog or check back frequently to see when your concern is answered by the Lord. Let’s grow in God together, change lives, and take His message to the world!

 

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I’m Still Here

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The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy.…

John 10:10 GNT

The devil’s only purpose is to steal from you, destroy you, and ultimately kill you; and he will try any and everything to make that happen. He will use people, circumstances, and situations that aren’t even in your control to try to take you out. A couple of biblical truths that you need to know is that the devil is already defeated (see Revelation 20:1-3, you have power over him (see Luke 10:19), and he is under your feet (see Romans 16:20). When Satan tries to attack you, you need to tell him, “You can try as hard as you can to take me out, but I’ll still be standing. You tried it before, and guess what, I’m still here. You can’t defeat me, nor can you rattle me. No matter how hard you try, I’ll still be here in the end!” The devil talks to you all the time feeding you lies, so you need to talk back to him with the Word of God.   Continue reading

Laugh

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He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Job 8:21 NLT

 

Laughter is one of the best medicines to conquer stress. God sits in Heaven and laughs (see Psalms 2:4) and He expects us to laugh as well, especially at the devil. If God didn’t want us to laugh, then he wouldn’t have given us the mechanisms in our body to be able to do so. Laughter has much better effects on the body than recreational drugs and alcohol. It is the most positive outlet you can have as a coping mechanism; and, it is approved by God.   Continue reading