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Stress – Pull Up A Chair

~Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

Christians are not exempt from anxiety and stress in their lives.  However, unlike those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, Christians do have the wonderful capability of leaving those stresses and anxieties with the Lord.  Today’s text reminds us that our relationship is now that of a child of God! He truly cares for His children as a Father cares for his child!

~1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Because of our special relationship, we know that we have  a compassionate God who cares for every detail – every anxiety – every stress! Are you experiencing life’s burdens today?  Are the stresses and anxieties of your life robbing you of the peace that the Lord promises can be yours? Take comfort from God’s very words in the Scriptures!

~John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

~Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 

~Psalm 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. 

~Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

The Lord can calm your storms just as He calmed the winds.  Notice the verse – it says there was a great calm!  This same God will give you a great calm if you let Him.

~Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

~Hebrews 13:5b …for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Heavenly Father,

I am filled with stress and anxiety and I need Your help! Thank You for the Scriptures where I can be comforted. I place each of my anxieties and burdens at Your feet, Lord.  Please take each of them and carry them for me.  Replace my fears with Your wonderful gifts of peace and comfort! I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Thank You, Lord, for keeping me in palm of Your hand and in Your perfect peace!

Amen!

 

Is your life stressful? Take a moment and read the following verses:

~Genesis 35:3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

~2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

~Psalms 18:3-6 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

~Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

~Psalms 56:3-4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

~Psalms 118:5-9 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

In these verses, we see that when the soul had a need and cried out, God heard. What trials are you going through that you could use God’s hand in? Even though He may not take the trial away, He will hear you and will provide you with sufficient grace to go through your time of trial.

~Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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~John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

This time of year is where people hear about “peace” the most. But what kind of peace does this world have to offer? It comes disguised in materialism. However, “things” bring only temporary happiness. There is no permanent joy in “things.” They do not bring peace at all. In fact, the more stuff we have, the more we have to worry about. Isn’t it a conundrum?

Our precious Saviour is the only one who can truly give this peace and joy – and His comes with a guarantee of eternal life! What blessings! One can be in the middle of a spiritual battle, a physical ailment, or an emotional struggle – but yet, peace surrounds them like a warm blanket! Christ knows what we are going through every step of the way. As we ache when our children are hurting, so does He. He is always waiting to comfort us!

Let Christ work in your heart this Christmas season. There’s no reason to be caught up in worry and stress. Reach out to Him for the peace which is beyond your comprehension!!

~Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.