How The Bible Frees Us From Stress And Pressures

Christian blogs that I have written about stress or pressure are read by hundreds. In fact, they are the most read of my almost 700 blogs. I did not realize their importance until I read that 90% of all the tranquilizers taken for nervousness, depression and stress are taken by Americans. That must mean we are a nation of worriers and many are without true hope. You would think a nation with so many Christians, there would not be a problem with depression and stress. Could it be the pace of life and the lusts of life that Americans are faced with?

We are told that the greatest fear is the fear of the unknown. One of the greatest fears of older people is death. Is there a heaven or a hell? If there is, where will I go? To others, it may be will I ever become financially independent? Will I have health issues? Will I ever have a happy life? Will I keep my job, my business or my career? If fear is a great part of your life, no wonder we lack hope and a joyful life and become stressed out or depressed.

Many of our fears come from our past and present actions. Do you realize that Christ came to take away our fears? He came to provide forgiveness and a life filled with joy, freedom and love. Scripture says: I John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Perfect love cannot coexist with fear according to John. (Hebrews 2:14–15 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.)” Negative fear has to do with death, failure and punishment, it should not be a part of a Christian’s experience. Too many Christians are unwilling to take on certain tasks because they fear they may fail. If the Holy Spirit leads us to do certain things why are we fearful to accept the assignment?

If we have unconditional love in our hearts and we have hearts without hate we will know positively that Jesus on the Day of Judgment will accept us. There is nothing more important in a believer’s heart than having the confidence to know that they will go to heaven. The Bible and John have made it very clear. We do not get there by working for it. We do not have to be perfectionists. We must have God’s love in our hearts and the Holy Spirit guiding and checking us.

Everyone wants and can have: joy, freedom, an abundant life and a life filled with love. In order for this to happen a person must have hope. My hope comes from Scripture: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

We know that many people who seem to have everything, have problems with depression. We read it in the Bible and history tells of leaders with this problem. They fear the future because of its unknowns. They do not feel free. Learn how to become free of stress, pressures and fear. John 8:28–32 “So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” Even as he spoke, many believed in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Over the past fifty years I have read, studied and taught Bible classes and have learned what Scripture teaches does make life different. I have learned that if you know the truth, the truth will set you free. Once I learned that the Holy Spirit was with me at all times and I was to do only those things that I believed would please God, my life changed.

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

When we visited Israel we went to the Dead Sea. Nothing can live in those waters. It is so salty that you can lay back and float easily. The reason it is dead is because it only receives water and does not allow any water to flow out. I believe it was God’s illustration for the Jews. I believe it is to teach the necessity of giving. This is what happens to a person who only expects to receive and refuses to give to others. They can become as dead in spirit as the Dead Sea if they are not a giver.

One of the greatest commandments is to Love God and to love others. Scripture tells us, chances are, we cannot love others if we first do not love ourselves. Those who are depressed have little hope and lack joy in their lives probably have a problem loving themselves. Often they are very judgmental of themselves and others. They find it hard to let others love them and they have difficulty providing love to others. If you are a person struggling with depression or unusual pressure, try giving your love to others. You may have to make new friends if your present ones refuse to accept your love.

I John 4:7–12 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

Christ taught that we must love one another; we are to encourage each other; we are to be at peace with each other; we are to serve and submit to each other; we are to show kindness and honor to each other, instruct one another, forgive one another, not judge each other and are to care for each other’s burdens.

God is the source of love and love comes from God. Christ came that He could demonstrate God’s love through His life. God’s love is not something we are born with nor is it something we can learn. Only those who have received the Holy Spirit understand the kind of love God gives and expects from each believer. This is not a natural love. Human love most always expects something in return. God’s love is given by grace and is not something we earn.

Often time’s families have problems giving love to each other. Their biggest problems are, they don’t live up to your expectations. Many times the problem is not them but you. A person who does not love other Christians does not know God nor have they ever known Him. Love is God’s essence. The world thinks that love is what makes people feel good and that it is alright to sacrifice moral principles and other’s rights in order to obtain such love. But that isn’t true love. If you want to be free of stress, you must overcome fear and allow Christ’s love to flow through you and into others.

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