Summary: 3 Similarities between the Pace Car of the Indy 500 and the Holy Spirit.

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Last week we began talking about discovering and using our resources in our series on Dealing with Stress. We examined how God is primary resource for dealing with and eliminating stress. We looked together are two primary passages, Psalm 61:1-3 and Psalm 62:5-8. Both of these passages speak of the Lord being a Rock…an immovable, unchangeable, having strength beyond us, ability to protect and guard us. These are all essentials when we are stressed out and experiencing anxiety. Today we are going to talk specifically about following the Lord as we deal with stress.

You know, here in Indianapolis there are three famous loops. First, there is 465, right? Pretty much every major city not on one our national’s coasts has an interstate that circles the city. Here in Indy we are no exception. One can jump on 465 and drive from one side of town to the other, from one suburb to the other, all within a matter of minutes because of the loop it makes around our city. Secondly, there is Monument Circle. The center of downtown Indy; people who visit here seemingly always go visit the Circle, especially during the Christmas season when the lights are on it is decorated for Christmas festivities. Third, the most famous loop in the world, one which over 300,000 people will be visiting today – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the most famous 2.5 miles in the entire world.

There are many comparisons to our lives and today’s race. The chaos that surrounds the Speedway the night before the race is off the charts. You’ve got people singing and dancing, drinking and vomiting their alcohol, people doing drugs, making love in the streets, grilling and sharing their food with complete strangers, people getting lost and separated from their family, people getting arrested, getting beat up…you name it, you never know what is going to happen up at 16th and Georgetown Rds. All of these events are centered around one event – the Indianapolis 500. The race is known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” It is a field of 33 drivers from all over the world, trying for one thing…a giant wreath and a big glass of milk (plus the several million dollars they win for winning the race). In the race, the cars zoom around the track topping 225 MPH at times. All it takes is one minor error and there is MASSIVE damage done to cars and drivers. During the race there are countless variables and unpredictable things, however, there is ONE consistent and absolute about the race. Anyone know what it is? It isn’t the crowd, they change ever year, it certainly isn’t the weather, it isn’t the military flyover, it isn’t the cars of the drivers. It is the Pace Car.

Ephesians 5:25 says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” In other word, if we are Christians we should be yielding the Holy Spirit. OR, BECAUSE we are Christians, we should be yielding every aspect of our lives to the Spirit of God.

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