Summary: People live with too much stress.Jesus offers a way to deal with it. Man's ways fail.
Jesus: The Most High! Kelly Durant
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.
2. When I first started out evangelizing in the 1970’s, there were a lot of drugs, oriental religions, and strange philosophies influencing the culture. When I would meet young people they almost always would expect me to be someone who gets high, because I had long hair like most everyone back then.
So when I would go to pass out salvation tracks at concerts I would often get asked by people before they knew what I was doing, “Hey you got a joint?” (Marijuana cigarette) My response was, “No, but I got something better!” They would then get curious and say what’s that? Then I would take out the little New Testament with Psalms and say I am high on the Most High!
Really, God makes you higher than anything, He’s better than any drug, and I know what I’m talking about! Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Some people would laugh and listen to more but others would run away scared because they knew they did not want to be reminded of God when looking for a high! Ha!
3. So how are you handling the daily grind? Life is hard and there are many dozens of things that need to get done in a day and this provokes stress, the secret killer. The sound of our own wheels can make us crazy! Everyone wants relief! Those without ‘The Most High’ don’t know how to get the relief and some turn to refined substances that hook and destroy their bodies and spirits faster than the stress of life itself!
In the 1970s pot was considered the de-stresser used by many young people (and still is, legalized in several states now). However today’s prescription drugs have replaced pot in most places due to the greedy pharmaceutical companies and that is like going from a beer to hard liquor consumption!
Listen to this alarming quote, “Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center researchers say. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, their study found. Jun 19, 2013 Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Take Prescription Drugs, Mayo Clinic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.../nearly-7-in-10-americans-take-...Mayo Clinic
4. Isn’t this statistic alarming? In 2013 it was a 213 Billion dollar industry! Must be $250 Billion today! People want relief from bodily harm pain and certain drugs are acceptable, but the greater problem is with the opiates and drugs to get high with. People are spending a big part of their money on these pills and then they not having enough money for food, so they come to us, the Salvation Army and other local pantries, to get food. All the time I hear people say that they have to choose between their prescription payment and groceries!
Here is a thought, Genesis 1:29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” There is an natural herb for almost everything, a headache or a stomachache, and God’s design is life creations are amazing! God is above all and evolutionists don’t ever want you to discover how the symbiotic relationship of the human mind and body with plants proves how High God is above all our understanding of design.
My sister in law has a Homeopathic Clinic in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and she attends to dozens of people daily because there a majority of people prefer a natural means of healing to a synthetic means to cure aliments. One of the worse aliments of today is stress as we all here have a life of non-stop stimulations and near death experiences in traffic with deadlines to meet. Stress is unavoidable but we must recognize it when it is getting to us and take action against it not with a stimulant high which fades but with a permanent high which comes from the Most High’s Holy Spirit.
5. So what is the opposite of stress, is it not peace and comfort? To chill and relax is an action needed for the physical body, like recharging a battery, but to have inner peace, that is the real key to total well-being and that is where faith comes in. It is allowing God to be in control, above you and your thoughts and worries.
Jesus knew that people would stress over their daily needs so he pointed out excessive thinking and worry fixes nothing but rather God is the one who takes care of things. Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.