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Summary: Are we really "too blessed to be stressed"? Or do you find that even when you are being blessed, Satan is attempting to "stress you out" by turning your blessing into a burden? God has already provided the remedy for our stresses.

A DAILY FORMULA FOR STRESS

ISAIAH 41 (quickview) : 10

AS PREACHED BY REV. W. D. SCOTT SR

JUNE 1999

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THE PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A SIMPLE TRUTH, WITH A CAPITAL “T”? HERE GOES! STRESS IS IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID! ITS NOT THAT STRESS IS ALL BAD. A MODERATE AMOUNT OF STRESS PUSHES US TO EXERCISE OUR BODIES, MINDS AND EMOTIONS, KEEPING US FUNCTIONING AT OUR BEST. BUT EXCESSIVE STRESS CAN CAUSE REAL DISRUPTIONS IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE. IN SHORT, IF NOT PROPERLY DEALTH WITH, STRESS CAN MAKE A MESS OUT OF YOUR LIFE! SOME TYPICAL MANIFESTATIONS AND REACTIONS TO EXCESSIVE STRESS ARE:

INJURY OR INCREASED ILLNESS

OVEREATING

DRINKING TO ALLEVIATE YOUR PROBLEMS

DISRUPTED OR ABNORMAL SLEEP PATTERNS OR SLEEP APNEA

LOSS OF INTEREST AND ENJOYMENT IN NORMAL ACTIVITIES

INCREASED IMPATIENCE OR IRRITABILITY

RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS AT WORK OR HOME OR BOTH!

POOR PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL OR WORK ENVIRONMENT

STEP ONE IN DEALING WITH STRESS IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE STRESSED! BECOME AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF STRESS YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH!. MANY THINGS CAN CAUSE STRESS, FROM THE PRESSURE OF A DEADLINE TO THE CHANGES THAT COME FROM POSITIVE EVENTS SUCH AS A PROMOTION, THE BIRTH OF A CHILD, BILLS, JOBS, FAMILY AND EXTENDED FAMILY, UNRESOLVED RELATIONSHIP ISSUES, UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AND UNFULFILLED DREAMS OR GOALS, JUST TO NAME A FEW! AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!

SUCH WAS THE CASE WITH THE HEBREW NATION! ISRAEL WAS IN A STRESSFUL SITUATION. BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD COMES TO ADMONISH THEM AND ENCOURAGE THEM. THEY WERE ADMONISHED THAT IN TIMES OF STRESS TO BEWARE OF IDOLS, AND ENCOURAGED TO TRUST IN GOD. FOR GOD HAS A WAY OF GIVING STRENGTH AND POWER TO HIS PEOPLE. HE THAT IS THE STRONG GOD IS ALSO OUR STRENGTH. IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT WE NEED EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES IS THE ABILITY TO ENDURE THE STRAINS AND STRESSES OF LIFE. I WANT TO GIVE YOU A FORMULA FOR STRESS. ONE THAT IS TAKEN FROM THE BIBLE. IT IS NOT MY WORD, BUT GOD’S WORD TO YOU AND TO ME. IT COMES FROM ISAIAH 41:10 (quickview) . ISN’T THAT WONDERFUL? HERE IS A BIBLICAL FORMULA FOR STRESS. HERE IS GOD’S WORD TO YOU AND ME FOR EACH DAY. IT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED. IT IS A PRESCRIPTION THAT COMES FROM THE GREAT PHYSICIAN, THE LORD GOD HIMSELF. BUT A PRESCRIPTION IS OF VERY LITTLE USE UNLESS IT IS ACTED UPON BY PUTTING IT TO USE! KIND OF LIKE GOING TO THE DOCTOR, BEING DIAGNOSED, GETTING A PRESCRIPTION, AND TAKING OUR MEDICINE INORDER TO ACHIEVE THE REMEDIAL HELP THAT THE MEDICINE WILL MAKE MANIFEST IN OUR BODIES! THE PRESCRIPTION ENABLES US TO OBTAIN THE REMEDY, AND THE REMEDY MUST THEN BE APPLIED, OR TAKEN. ONLY THEN DOES IT START TO DO ANY GOOD. IN OTHER WORDS… IF WE SEEK GOD, WE WILL SURELY FIND HIM. “SEEK YE THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, CALL YE UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR.” (ISA. 55:6)

BELOW FIND YOUR DAILY PRESCRIPTION!

1. ON SUNDAY...."FEAR THOU NOT"

AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER EVERY ONE OF US IS GRIPPED BY FEAR OF SOMETHING. BUT GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT OUR FEARS AND THIS WORD SAYS "DO NOT FEAR". HE COMMANDS THAT BECAUSE HE IS ABLE TO BANISH OUR FEARS. ARE YOU GRIPPED BY SOME PARTICULAR FEAR? LET THE LORD FREE YOU FROM IT. HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW FREQUENTLY GOD TELLS US NOT TO BE AFRAID IN THE BIBLE? THE CONSTANT REPETITION SHOULD BE THE PROOF THAT WE NEED THAT HE WANTS TO FREE US FROM OUR FEARS. PS. 34:4 SAYS "I SOUGHT THE LORD, AND HE HEARD ME, AND DELIVERED ME FROM ALL MY FEARS”.


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