“Overwelming Stress” is a state of mind. I’ve been there so many times I can’t believe it wasn’t my nick name. There’s a difference between stressed and busy. You can become overwhelmed just sitting watching the news. But running from place to place and productivity is not that stressed out place. Another way to say it is, mental pressure. You know the feeling. It’s when you want to cry, scream, shout in frustration because you’re totally spiraling and feeling like everything is out of control.
I’ve noticed three things about mental pressure. See if you agree.
- People who have too much mental pressure also have a little or no inner thought life control. As a result they lash out, launch and retaliate with too much force in less stressful situations. Every “little thing” is a big deal.
- They want to keep hounding the drama of the situation, instead of strive for a solution. People who like drama and mental pressure seek out these stressful situations. I remember a woman who had to have weather alerts to her phone, and every raindrop turned into a major ordeal. She would go on and on about it all the time. It was something no one could control not even her, but she decided to be stressed about it.
- Those with little control over their own thought life and lives in general always seem to want to control you.
Notice, all three things have to do with the thought life of the individual.
What does that have to do with God’s Word?
I’m so glad you asked because here comes the antidote.
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Every part of a happy Christian life, or just a happy life starts in our thoughts. Thoughts are the seeds to our decisions which grow and have become the fruit of our actions. If our thoughts are not well arranged, they are like raibies infected wild dogs that spread to the rest of our lives. IF they are made stop, sit and obey, then they are a wonderful garden full of fruit and blessing. People who have well arranged thoughts enjoy time alone because they like being alone with them and God.
So what should we think about if we shouldn’t be anxious?
“Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Sometimes the simplest request from God can seem like the hardest thing to actually do. But I guarantee that every time you “DO” the Word of God you get incredible results. If you continue to do until it’s the way you live, you won’t recognize your life.
So here’s an exercise. Take each one of the words in the verse above and look them up in the concordance. What does God mean when He says “Pure”. Well click on this link here and every word in the verse has a Greek word and number in the concordance. Just look them up. The reference should give you all the places that Greek word is used in the Bible. Read them. Read the definitions and then go back and look up the next word. You will start to have a rich understanding of this verse and you will also be “doing” it.
God bless you today!