How to Eliminate Stress Part 5: Strengthen Your Love Walk

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Regarding love…

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

1 Corinthians 13:5,7 (AMPC, emphasis added)

One way we stress ourselves out on a daily basis is dealing with people in the wrong way. We have to learn how to start living by the spirit and not by the flesh. The flesh does everything opposite of what God wants, and it does this because it is sinful. Galatians 5:16 (NLT) says, So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Your flesh wants to hold a grudge, cuss somebody out, let them have a piece of your mind, give them the silent treatment, etc. The world tells you to act in the same way—eye for an eye. If we act the same way that the world does, how does that set us apart as God’s holy people? I know, because I’ve been there most of my life, how people can just send you over the edge with how they act; and I know how badly you want to just let them have it. I get it! But I know the other side and I know how that side actually wins the hardest of hearts. That side is walking in love. I know you are thinking, “Walking in love! They don’t deserve that after how they treated me.” That’s the devil sitting on your shoulder feeding you lies. Think of Jesus…He was abused, talked about, spit on, lied on, beat up, and ultimately crucified, but what did He do? He prayed for those people on the cross and asked God not to hold it against them. If Jesus can pray for people who mistreated Him, what more should we do when we think we are treated unfairly!  Continue reading

God Will Let You Test Drive Your Own Life

choicesSince they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose:

Romans 1:28 MSG (emphasis added)

 

Whether we want to believe it or not, we think we know how to handle our problems and run our lives better than God. We try to fix our own problems, make things happen in our own strength, and ultimately, we worry and stress because we’re too impatient to wait on God—our way is so much quicker. If God was really in control of our lives, we would live a life of peace and rest the way that God originally intended it. Instead, we operate outside of God and wonder why we’re so stressed, confused, frustrated, and exhausted. Then that’s when we want to blame God for our mess. If you pinpoint all the messes that you’ve had, I’m sure the key thing in each one is the absence of God’s involvement.  Continue reading

Have You Tried Jesus?

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

John 1:45-46 NLT (emphasis added)

The only way you’ll ever get the full experience of something is to try it out for yourself. Too often we depend on other people’s review, word of mouth, or our own preconceived judgement before deciding to get involved with something ourselves. Just like in John, Nathanael used what he knew about people in Nazareth, which wasn’t anything positive, and decided that this person named Jesus couldn’t be anything good to go see about. He soon later realized, after having some personal experience with God, that something good does in fact come out of Nazareth, but he had to do what Philip suggested, “come and see for yourself.” You are no different, so I ask you today, “Have you tried Jesus for yourself?”  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)

What’s Distracting You?

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Idol- any thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.

People may think of an idol as a wooden or golden carved image that you bow down to worship or give a sacrifice to. This concept is still very true, but today in the 21st century, idols can be anything that takes up your time. Idols can range from TV shows, video games, books, music, toys, technology, sleep, hobbies, shopping, food, social media, people, money, etc. God is to come first in our lives above all else, and if something gets in the way of that, it’s an idol. In Exodus 34:14 God says that He is a jealous God; and in Exodus 20:3, He says that we must not have any other gods but Him. The lowercase “g” in “gods” is defined as, “any person or thing exalted too much in estimation.” In other words, people or things that take up the majority of your time is a god in your life. God will not tolerate coming in second, so it is your job to make sure He’s first in all that you do.   Continue reading

How to Eliminate Stress Part 4: Make Your Job Easier

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Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns. He is the one you are really working for. 

 Colossians 3:23-24 TLB

A slave is defined as, “a person who is wholly subject to the will of another.” We are slaves to Christ first and foremost because we live our lives to serve Him, but we are also slaves in our workplace, meaning we are employees of the company and our bosses are the masters over us. This may be shocking to your mind to think of it in terms like this, but it’s true according to Scripture. Even in the most irritating and stressful of jobs, Christians are supposed to be a light in a dark place. This means that we cannot behave, think, and talk like everyone else on the job. Our co-workers, bosses, and customers should see something different about us. Most people hate their jobs, but what this attitude says is that you’re unthankful for what provision God has supplied you with. Having this type of attitude eventually leads to your actions showing exactly how you feel—your work will be half done, you’ll be unpleasant, you’ll engage in gossip, etc. This doesn’t please God one bit and it decreases your witness in the workplace. Having the wrong mindset will make any job/task stressful because it’s how you are thinking about it. It may be a simple task, but because you hate it, it makes it harder, and when things get hard, stress settles in.  Continue reading

How to Eliminate Stress Part 3: Retire from Being a People Pleaser

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“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Galatians 1:10 NIV

One of the facts of life is that you will never be able to please everybody. This should be very liberating because if you’ve been stressing yourself out by trying to make everyone happy, you can now be relieved of that duty because it’s an impossible task. Being a people pleaser will only lead to frustration, stress, exhaustion, and disappointment. Human beings are fickle and unpredictable in nature, so to know what they want all of the time is impossible. Trying to impress people to gain their acceptance is futile, and depending on how you receive rejection, it can send you into depression.  Continue reading

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

Who’s Waiting on Whom?

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You may be waiting on God, but God is waiting on you. If you’ll do what you know God is asking you to do, your faithfulness will activate His favor, increase, and blessing.

~Joel Osteen

I’ve become painfully aware that we are now living in a world where the concept of accountability no longer exists. The blame game started in the Garden of Eden and still continues to this day. No one wants to take responsibility for anything. When things don’t go right, people are quick to blame God for the disaster without taking a look in the mirror to see how they played a part in the whole thing. One lesson I’ve learned over the years is God is not our problem, but our only answer. Nothing negative that happens is His fault (see Psalms 92:15; Romans 9:14; Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 34:10). He gives people instructions to perform and when they are not followed, consequences happen at no fault of His. 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