Yes, this world is a stressful place. But, even though you live in this world, you are not of it (John 17:16).
And God does not want you to experience
the same pressures and worries that everyone else does.
Instead of being consumed by the pressures of this world, God has another plan for you.
Sounds like a great promise. You might be wondering why it is not yet manifesting in your own life.
But, do you spend the majority of your energy seeking God’s kingdom, or the things of this present life.
One will lead you to peace, but the other
will always lead to stress.
Jesus asks us, "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" (Matthew 6:27 NLT).
Actually, science proves that stress can take years off of your life.
The overwhelming pressures of excelling in the marketplace. Raising your children in a fallen world. Maintaining a household. Gaining financial stability.
These are things that you may struggle with every day. And so do most people.
But there is a secret weapon in Christian Stress Management that the world misses out on.
You serve a God of Love. And He has made provisions so that you would not have to carry all of these stresses. He wants you to "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
Instead of your stress, He wants you to have His peace!
But how do you get this peace?
Well, you may notice that this scripture is the second half of an if-then statement.
God often works in covenants or contracts with us. The issue is that many Christians run around claiming the promise, but they have not fulfilled their half of the agreement.
Before you receive God’s Holy peace, there are two important things that you have to do.
Many people pray, but they forget the second step.
Whenever you are in a stressful situation, it is so refreshing to stop and think of all of the things God has already done for you.
Recounting His blessings for yourself will give you the faith and reassurance that He will come through for you this time too!
Praising Him for what He has already done
develops an attitude of thankfulness in your heart. That thankfulness
will begin to develop God's joy and peace inside of you.
But, how do you keep that feeling.
Right after Paul tells you how to receive God's peace, he tells you how to keep it.
Where do your thoughts dwell throughout the day? Do you meditate on the negative news you saw this morning, or all of the things on your ‘to do’ list. Or are your thoughts dominated by the promises of God?
Controlling your thoughts is one of the most difficult things to do. But, Paul says that it is a must if you are planning to walk in peace.
Joyce Meyer has actually written an excellent book that can guide you in learning how to take any thought captive that goes against God's promises (2 Corinthians 10:5). It is called Battlefield of the Mind.
For years I, personally, struggled with controlling my thoughts. Some of the truths that I learned through that book really changed my life. Because of the difference that made in my life, I truly recommend reading Battlefield of the Mind over and over again until the wisdom it holds really gets into your heart.
If you are ever going to walk in the peace of God, you have to learn not to let negative fearful thoughts just run around your brain unhindered.
Christian Stress Management Bible StudyReflection Questions
1. How do you think Christian stress management is unique from the way that the world manages stress? Do you ever fall into managing stress like they do?
2. When do you usually take an issue to God. Right away, or once you have exhausted all other possible answers?
Optional Activity: Make a list of the current things that you feel stress over. Use the search tool to the left to find at least one scripture related to each stressful topic. Write all of your scripture promises on a sheet of paper or 3X5 cards (Lesson 2 has a few Stress-Free promises to get you started).
When you feel yourself becoming
stressed about one of those issues, begin meditating on God’s promise
instead of the situation. Give God praise for the things He has already
done in your life, and for what He has promised you in His Word that He
will do in this situation. This is one of the most effective methods of
Christian stress management available.
Lesson 2 of your Christian Stress Management Bible study will give you scripture promises for life's most common stresses.
Meditate on them until they begin to
replace any stressful thoughts you may be having. Filling your mind
with God's truth about every life situation is the epitome of Christian
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