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Stressful situations can become opportunities for skill enhancement and faith growth.
None of us come into the world already programmed with effective skills for dealing with stressful situations and stressful relationships. Nor do we come into the world with seasoned and mature faith. Knowledge, encouragement and time are necessary ingredients, as well as grace, love and hope.
God says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither heights nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
Feelings of stress and fear come when we leave God out of our lives. Fear and stress can either decrease or escalate, depending upon our focus. God's supernatural peace decreases stress and increases faith.
"No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:5 (NIV) Joshua's new job consisted of leading more than two million people into a strange new land and conquering it. What a challenge!
Every day and situation brings challenges. Without God's presence, truth and supernatural resources, it can be frightening. When we acknowledge God's presence, truth and supernatural resources, stressful challenges can become an adventure.
Just as God was with Joshua, He is with us as we face each day and each challenge. He has promised to never abandon us.
Fear evaporates when we trust God. "Perfect love drives out fear." 1 John 4:18 (NIV)
1. Turn our attention to God.
2. Trust beyond ourselves.
3. Talk to someone who cares.
4. Throw our cares on the Lord.
School is stressful. Life is stressful. It comes down to the fact that we are not trusting God with someone or something.
Choose to trust, five minutes at a time. Moment by moment in God's presence.