November’s “Encouraging Word”
by Tony Cooper, Executive Director (for Birmingham Christian Family magazine)
THREE Stress Relievers
In our world today, stress is unavoidable. There is confusion, chaos, and conflict all around. No one is excused or exempt from the trials and troubles of life. In John 16:33 Jesus says, “In this world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”
Stress is that which causes tension, pain, pressure, or strain. With stress being universal, we need to learn how to respond to it. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 gives three important insights on dealing with stress. It says to be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.
- Be Joyful Always. To be joyful is to express confident assurance that life is going to turn out okay because of God’s presence. As born-again Christians, we have the Spirit of God living inside us (I Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 2:20). I John 4:4 says, “…greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.” Therefore, we can express the joy of the Lord always.
2. Pray Continually. Prayer is communication and communion with God. Prayer puts us in contact with God. It helps maintain our focus on Him regardless of what we are dealing with. God is always bigger than the problem or situation!
3. Give Thanks in all Circumstances. Being thankful helps keep a proper perspective and positive attitude. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
As we apply these helpful insights to our life, stress will become manageable and less threatening. So Be Encouraged!
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