Stress is a universal epidemic which has created desperation for peace in the hearts, minds, and souls of people everywhere. The problems of today’s world can easily create a sense of secret panic in the heart of every American, regarding jobs, homes, marriage, child rearing, financial security, and the future.
And for most Christians, simply watching the news and helplessly witnessing what is happening to our country, and the moral decline that seems to be running rampant in every facet of America, is enough to stress anyone out.
As a result of all these varying factors that are often out of our control, millions of people are forced to wake up every morning and face overwhelming stressors, possibly feeling hopeless that life will improve, and totally inadequate and unequipped to make that happen. Although people have tried everything from massages to vacations and everything in between, many are overlooking the only real cure for stress – Jesus.
The statement on this graphic is not only the title of my devotion today in my Encouragement for Today devotion at Proverbs 31. Over the past severals years, this truth has become the heartbeat of my existence.
As you can probably attest to as well, the last several years have caused more stress in my life than I thought was possible for one person to handle. Heartbreak. Divorce. Financial destruction and the fears that follow. Hurting families. Hurting children. Disappointment. Changing seasons of life. Pandemics. Politics.
You name it …. my heart has likely raced over it and my mind has lost sleep over it. If there is one thing I’m good at doing – it’s worrying, fretting and stressing over life’s big and small problems.
But if there is one thing I have learned through it all – Jesus is the answer to every stressor and those keeping those seven words close to heart can be a literal life changer.
Although we think we are capable of handling life, and circumstances, on our own, we simply are not. Despite all the experience, training, skills or maturity we may possess, we will constantly be faced with frustration and discouragement if we try to have authority over our lives, instead of surrendering to God’s authority and recognizing our need for His intervention and help.
Below are 5 simple tips you can jot down and put on your refrigerator or car dashboard to serve as daily reminders that peace is a heart situation that can be overcome, even a life situation feels makes you feel helpless and peace-less. Remember the tips but more importantly, try to memorize the verses. God’s truths are the soothing balm your heart needs to attain stress less living.
The miracle of a changed heart, a renewed perspective on life, and a reenergized faith are the only things that will lead to permanent peace.
1. Recognize your need for God.
John 6:35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
2. Believe that He is capable of handling your life, and the problems within.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
3. Remember you are chosen by God, and He wants to be in an intimate relationship with you.
1 Peter 2:9 “…… for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
4. Communicate with God as you go about your day and enjoy conversation with Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Never stop praying.”
5. Obey His Word. Allow His instructions to guide your behaviors and actions.
1 John 3:24 “Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.”
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