Archive for February, 2015
Someone asked me the other day how I handle stress. It made
me stop and think because I’m hardly ever under any stress. I
think it’s because most stress is caused by worry and I know for
sure that I never worry, so for me stress is more of a non-issue!
And, naturally, that makes folks want to know how on earth
I can go through life without worrying! It’s simple …. I just pray
An old preacher friend of mine told me a long time ago that
anyone who claims to know and trust Jesus should be ashamed
to worry about anything! When you think about it, that’s very
true! Break it down….
What are we taught to believe as Christians?
a) Jesus loves us unconditionally
b) He promises to be with us always — every minute of
every day even to the end of the age!
c) God has a plan & a purpose for everything that happens
in our lives and He will make sure that good comes from
even the bad things.
& d) Jesus always protects those who trust Him and He will
never let the righteous fall.
Now before you see that word “righteous” and hit the panic
button, remember THIS: Righteous does not mean perfect!
Righteous means that you are doing the best you can, every day,
to keep your focus on Christ, to learn and obey the command-
ments He gave us and you try to share His name & His Gospel
with as many people as we can.
Nowhere in the bible or anywhere else does it say that we
have to be perfect in order to claim His promises! If that were
the case, Heaven would be so empty it would echo! Because
no one is perfect. We were all born sinners and even though
we’ve committed our lives and our hearts to Jesus, we’ll continue
to sin as long as we’re in these earthly bodies! Jesus knew this;
that’s why He came to earth, suffered so much agony on the cross
and ultimately gave His life — to pay the price for every sin we
had and would commit. He knew we’d need blanket protection
….that’s why perfection is not a requirement for salvation. All
you need is what He’s already given you…..faith!
That’s why I don’t have any stress in my life. Even when
bad things happen I know God is right here with me. And I know
that there is no panic in Heaven — God has no problems; only
I don’t need to know every detail of every solution He’s got
up His sleeve either (which is good because He’s never developed
the habit of letting me know what He’s going to do ahead of time!)
and I know from experience that when the crisis has ended and I
look back I will be amazed and able to see clearly what He did
When that happens over and over again in your life, it gets
easier and easier to “let go and let God!” When His children
display that kind of trust and dependence in Him, I believe God
is truly delighted! He loves it when our faith in Him runs so
deep that we’re willing and able to turn control of our lives over
to Him. It does take practice though! It won’t happen over-
night….just keep reminding yourself that it’s difficult for God to
direct your life if you’re constantly fighting Him for the wheel!
Giving up control doesn’t come easily for most of us. We’re
so used to being in control that handing over the reins to anyone
else can be downright scary! But God isn’t just anybody!
He’s GOD! The safest place in the world for you to be is under
His care! So no matter what’s going on in your world, just re-
member God is in control; of everything and everyone, all the
time! Once you get that truth engraved on your heart, you
won’t have to deal with stress either.
Now, does that mean that from now on you’ll skip through
life under blue skies and rainbows picking daisies as you go?
Afraid not…..troubles, pain and problems are part of everyone’s
life….what it does mean is that you’ll never face any of it alone!
You’re going through life sheltered by the hand of the living God
and there is simply no safer place you could possibly be!
So when others are stressed? You can be at peace. When
others are terrified? You can be grateful. When others are
worrying? You can be praying! And always keep in mind that
the word stressed is just desserts spelled backwards!!