When the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines; when the olive trees do not produce, and the fields yield no crops; when the sheep disappear from the pen, and there are no cattle in the stalls, I will rejoice because of the Lord; I will be happy because of the God who delivers me!
Habakkuk 3:17-18 MSG
How you view things in life is very important, especially as a Christian. The world will point out everything that is wrong, but it is up to us to see the good, especially in our own circumstances. I’m going to translate verse 17 of today’s scripture in modern language in terms of how life can try to get us down:
Though my bills keep pouring in and my bank account is in the negative;
Though my workload at my job is overwhelming and people are testing my patience;
Though my enemies are plotting against me and my health is declining; Continue reading How to Eliminate Stress Part 9: Change Your Perspective
“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get”
Proverbs 21:20 NLT
A lot of people’s stress comes from money problems, which can lead to stress in other areas of their lives. Some of our financial difficulties come from the demands of life, but honestly, most of the problems stem from not budgeting, living beyond our means, and not controlling our fleshly desires. We put a lot of unnecessary stress on ourselves for these very reasons. It really boils down to not wanting to do what the Bible says regarding money and wanting to spend whatever you want to spend. If you have this mentality you’ll have stress your whole life. Continue reading How to Eliminate Stress Part 8: Tackle Financial Debt
“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 KJV (emphasis added)
The world is full of “things.” People work hard for them, go to great lengths to protect them, and will sometimes do anything to get them. Having “things: makes people feel good and they can give a feeling of accomplishment and prestige. When the devil comes against you, he’s not after your “stuff.” Think about it, why would he be? He’s a spirit being so he doesn’t need to take tangible things from you. Rather, he’s interested in taking something much more powerful—your joy and your strength. The devil will throw attacks at you that will make you doubt if God is really on your side and protecting you. Continue reading What the Devil Really Wants
“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 GNT
Following Jesus requires total attention, surrender, humility, dedication, and perseverance. Anything that is worth having is worth fighting for. Once you make the decision to follow Christ, there will be a lot of changes that will happen in your life. It’s something about when God gets ahold of you, things start to happen. Everything that you used to give to your flesh to satisfy it that isn’t Godly will have to be surrendered. It is true that if you are a Christian there are certain things that you cannot do, but you need to understand that whatever God says to do or not to do is for your own good. He knows the beginning from the end, a concept that you cannot grasp in the natural, so He knows what’s best for you in every single situation that you will ever face. It may seem like you are giving up a lot and your life may seem “boring,” but it is better to be “boring” than to be on your way to hell. Continue reading The Narrow Path
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 2: Cast Your Care
…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 How to Eliminate Stress Part 1: Ask for Help
We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 GNT
There are times when we let our emotions get the best of us. They can often take over and get us out of the flow and presence of God. Every day isn’t perfect, our circumstances aren’t perfect, and the people we encounter on a daily basis aren’t perfect, so it’s easy to be moved by what we feel rather than what we know to be true, which is God’s Word. God promises that the righteous will never be forsaken (see Psalms 37:25), so even if we as Christians have to suffer for a while, God is just to deliver us victoriously. Continue reading Down but Not Out
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
John 10:10 AMP (emphasis added)
Every day is a good day when you are living and serving God. When you are believing God for something, every day should be exciting because you never know when He is going to act or how He is going to move on your behalf. In a way you become like a little child who always asks its parents, “are we there yet?” When you live your life in constant expectation, you can’t help but live each day, “is it coming yet, is it coming yet, is it coming yet?” You can’t have a bad day when you’re excited about receiving something that you’ve been wanting and asking for. Each minute, second, and hour is lived as if the blessing is on its way. Continue reading Every Day is a Good and Exciting Day
Even 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 This Too Shall Pass
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 Who Will You Call?