God does not want you stressed. (Psalm 55:22, NLT2)
When we worry, we are accepting and taking on responsibility God never intended us to have. God tells us over and over not to worry, where the problem comes in is learning how to apply this truth. (Psalm 50:15, NKJV; Luke 15:17-18, TEV; Matthew 6:25, NKJV; Luke 12:25-26, TLB)
If God says it, it’s true and we need to believe it and apply it. (Philippians 4:6, NKJV) When we continue to live in stress, worry, and anxiety it not only displeases God but we are also disobeying God.
What are we to do about stress and worry? (1 John 4:8, NKJV; John 3:16, NKJV)
God is loving and is love. (1 John 4:8, NKJV; John 3:16, NKJV)
God is wise and gives wisdom. (Colossians 2:3, NKJV; James 1:5, NIV)
God is powerful and gives power. (Isaiah 40:26, CEV; 2 Peter 1:3, NKJV)
Sometimes, what you need more than anything is the right self-talk: (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
- Retire your broken soundtracks (things going through your mind).
- Replace them with new ones.
- Repeat until they’re automatic.
Questions to ask your soundtrack: (Joshua 1:8-9, NKJV)
- Is it true?
- Is it helpful?
- Is it kind?
Top causes and cures for stress.
The top 5 stressors:
- Job pressure.
- Poor habits and nutrition.
If money is your stressor:
Learn to put God first.
Apply Godly principles. (Proverbs 22:7, MSG; NKJV; Romans 13:8, NKJV)
The cure for the stress money causes:
- Commit to stop borrowing.
- Look for ways to increase your income.
- Stop eating out and any other extra’s you can cut out.