Stressed Out Being A Christian?

The Bible’s New Covenant is a contract made by God to the church and Christians.  Do you have the faith to believe what He promises will happen?  Faith or the lack of faith affects everything in life.

Most people encounter stress.  Stress comes from a lack of control of a situation, thoughts, fears, work, scheduling, health, relationships and many other reasons.  Stress comes from when it controls us rather than us controlling it.  Sometimes we have stress and are not sure what is causing it.  Knowing the cause provides a better chance of controlling it.  Many times changing habits or our attitude corrects the problem causing stress.  However, if we are unwilling to accept responsibility for our actions it makes it difficult to release built up tension.   The best way I have found dealing with stress is to pray about it and trust God to handle it.  For me, it has always worked.

Let’s look at the meaning of faith and confidence.  If we define confidence as believing in our ability to do certain acts in which we depend on ourselves for completion and then define faith as requiring us to believe something that doesn’t seem reasonable to the human mind.  Faith trusts in the Deity Who promises and performs things that may seem supernatural.  May we further define that confidence comes from the mind and is intellectual and faith comes from the heart and is spiritual.

Mark 11:22 – 24 – “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

How strong is your faith?  Christ indicates—to God nothing is impossible.  Could we ever have enough faith to believe that God would move a mountain for us?  I have heard stories concerning answers to prayer that are almost as unbelievable.  Does not stress come from our lack of faith?  If we believe that God will meet our needs is there ever anything that should stress us out?

Philippians 4:19 – “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Whatever we need we are told that God will supply it.  There is a difference between needs and wants.  We may never want to be sick, have pain or feel discomfort.  However, that is not considered a need.  If we are spiritually mature we would only pray for needs that we believe God would want us to have.  It may be the courage to face death.

God says He wants us to be prosperous.  Isn’t that something we should pray for?  I believe He would answer if we were to use our prosperity in helping others or to be able to give more to His ministry. However, we are ever dealing with thoughts coming from the evil one.  We may not realize it but the Bible says we will constantly be persuaded, deceived or tempted.  One of the greatest causes of stress may come from guilt. Too often we listen to the wrong voice.  The wrong voice does not want us praying, growing spiritually or gaining in faith.  How much stress may be coming from listening to the wrong voice?  If we are listening to the Holy Spirit don’t you believe that we would probably have less stress?  If we believe stress comes from a lack of faith, shouldn’t we be praying for more faith?

Mark 10:53a – ““Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”

Romans 10:17 – “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Galatians 3:11b – “the righteous will live by faith.”

Galatians 3:14 – “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

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